Added in version 3.0.

Driver short name


Build dependencies

Mongo CXX >= 3.4.0 client library

This driver can connect to the a MongoDB service.

The driver supports read, creation, update and delete operations of documents/features and collections/layers. The MongoDB database must exist before operating on it with OGR.

This driver requires the MongoDB C++ v3.4.0 client library.

Driver capabilities

Supports Georeferencing

This driver supports georeferencing

Supports VirtualIO

This driver supports virtual I/O operations (/vsimem/, etc.)

MongoDB vs OGR concepts

A MongoDB collection within a database is considered as a OGR layer. A MongoDB document is considered as a OGR feature.

Dataset name syntax

There are two main possible syntaxes:

  • One using MongoDB URI prefixed with MONGODBV3:, such as MONGODBV3:mongodb://[usr:pwd@]host1[:port1]...[,hostN[:portN]]][/[db][?options]]

  • One using just MongoDBv3: as the name and open options to specify host, port, user, password, database, etc...

Note: the MONGODBV3: prefix before a URI starting with mongodb:// is required to make it recognize by this driver, instead of the legacy driver. If the URI is starting with mongodb+srv://, then it is not needed.

Open options can be specified in command-line tools using the syntax -oo <NAME>=<VALUE> or by providing the appropriate arguments to GDALOpenEx() (C) or gdal.OpenEx (Python). The open options available are:

  • URI=value: Connection URI

  • HOST=value: Defaults to localhost. Server hostname.

  • PORT=value: Defaults to 27017. Server port.

  • DBNAME=value: Database name. Should be specified when connecting to hosts with user authentication enabled.

  • USER=value: User name.

  • PASSWORD=value: User password.

  • SSL_PEM_KEY_FILE=<filename>: SSL PEM certificate/key filename.

  • SSL_PEM_KEY_PASSWORD=value: SSL PEM key password.

  • SSL_CA_FILE=<filename>: SSL Certification Authority filename.

  • SSL_CRL_FILE=<filename>: SSL Certification Revocation List filename.

  • SSL_ALLOW_INVALID_CERTIFICATES=[YES/NO]: Defaults to NO. Whether to allow connections to servers with invalid certificates.

  • BATCH_SIZE=value: Number of features to retrieve per batch. For most queries, the first batch returns 101 documents or just enough documents to exceed 1 megabyte. Subsequent batch size is 4 megabytes.

  • FEATURE_COUNT_TO_ESTABLISH_FEATURE_DEFN=value: Defaults to 100. Number of features to retrieve to establish feature definition. -1 = unlimited.

  • JSON_FIELD=[YES/NO]: Defaults to NO. Whether to include a field called "_json" with the full document as JSON.

  • FLATTEN_NESTED_ATTRIBUTE=[YES/NO]: Defaults to YES. Whether to recursively explore nested objects and produce flatten OGR attributes.

  • FID=value: Defaults to ogc_fid. Field name, with integer values, to use as FID.

  • USE_OGR_METADATA=[YES/NO]: Defaults to YES. Whether to use the _ogr_metadata collection to read layer metadata.

  • BULK_INSERT=[YES/NO]: Defaults to YES.

    Whether to use bulk insert for feature creation.


The driver will forward any spatial filter set with SetSpatialFilter() to the server when a "2d" or "2dsphere" spatial index is available on the geometry field.

However, in the current state, SQL attribute filters set with SetAttributeFilter() are evaluated only on client-side. To enable server-side filtering, the string passed to SetAttributeFilter() must be a JSON object in the MongoDB filter syntax.


Features are retrieved from the server by chunks of 101 documents or just enough documents to exceed 1 megabyte. Subsequent batch size is 4 megabytes. This can be altered with the BATCH_SIZE open option.


When reading a MongoDB collection, OGR must establish the schema of attribute and geometry fields, since, contrary to MongoDB collections which are schema-less, OGR has a fixed schema concept.

In the general case, OGR will read the first 100 documents (can be altered with the FEATURE_COUNT_TO_ESTABLISH_FEATURE_DEFN open option) of the collection and build the schema that best fit to the found fields and values.

If the collection/layer has been previously created with OGR, a _ogr_metadata special collection contains the OGR schema, in which case it will be directly used. It might be possible to ignore the schema written in _ogr_metadata by setting the USE_OGR_METADATA=NO open option.

It is also possible to set the JSON_FIELD=YES open option so that a _json special field is added to the OGR schema. When reading MongoDB documents as OGR features, the full JSON version of the document will be stored in the _json field. This might be useful in case of complex documents or with data types that do not translate well in OGR data types. On creation/update of documents, if the _json field is present and set, its content will be used directly (other fields will be ignored).

Feature ID

MongoDB have a special _id field that contains the unique ID of the document. This field is returned as an OGR field, but cannot be used as the OGR special FeatureID field, which must be of integer type. By default, OGR will try to read a potential 'ogc_fid' field to set the OGR FeatureID. The name of this field to look up can be set with the FID open option. If the field is not found, the FID returned by OGR will be a sequential number starting at 1, but it is not guaranteed to be stable at all.

ExecuteSQL() interface

If specifying "MongoDB" as the dialect of ExecuteSQL(), a JSON string with a serialized MongoDB command can be passed. The result will be returned as a JSON string in a single OGR feature.

Standard SQL requests will be executed on client-side.

Write support

Layer/collection creation and deletion is possible.

Write support is only enabled when the datasource is opened in update mode.

When inserting a new feature with CreateFeature(), and if the command is successful, OGR will fetch the returned _id and use it for the SetFeature() operation.

Layer creation options

Layer creation options can be specified in command-line tools using the syntax -lco <NAME>=<VALUE> or by providing the appropriate arguments to GDALDatasetCreateLayer() (C) or Dataset.CreateLayer (Python). The following layer creation options are supported:

  • OVERWRITE=[YES/NO]: Defaults to NO. Whether to overwrite an existing collection with the layer name to be created.

  • GEOMETRY_NAME=value: Defaults to geometry. Name of geometry column.

  • SPATIAL_INDEX=[YES/NO]: Defaults to YES. Whether to create a spatial index (2dsphere).

  • FID=value: Defaults to ogc_fid. Field name, with integer values, to use as FID.

  • WRITE_OGR_METADATA=[YES/NO]: Defaults to YES. Whether to create a description of layer fields in the _ogr_metadata collection.

  • DOT_AS_NESTED_FIELD=[YES/NO]: Defaults to YES. Whether to consider dot character in field name as sub-document.

  • IGNORE_SOURCE_ID=[YES/NO]: Defaults to NO. Whether to ignore _id field in features passed to CreateFeature().


Listing the tables of a MongoDB database:

ogrinfo -ro mongodb+srv://

Filtering on a MongoDB field:

ogrinfo -ro mongodb+srv:// -where '{ "field": 5 }'

Creating and populating a collection from a shapefile:

ogr2ogr -update mongodb+srv:// shapefile.shp

Build instructions

GDAL/OGR must be built against the MongoDB C++ driver client library, v3.4.0, in order to the MongoDBv3 driver to be compiled.

You must first follow MongoDB C++ driver client build instructions.


  • On Linux/Unix, run ./configure --with-mongocxxv3 (potentially by overriding PKG_CONFIG_PATH to point to the {INSTALLATION_PREFIX_OF_MONGOCXX}/lib/pkgconfig

  • On Windows, uncomment and adapt the following in nmake.opt (or add in nmake.local):

    # Uncomment for MongoDBv3 support
    # Uncomment following line if plugin is preferred
    MONGOCXXV3_CFLAGS = -IE:/dev/install-mongocxx-3.4.0/include/mongocxx/v_noabi -IE:/dev/install-mongocxx-3.4.0/include/bsoncxx/v_noabi
    MONGOCXXV3_LIBS = E:/dev/install-mongocxx-3.4.0/lib/mongocxx.lib E:/dev/install-mongocxx-3.4.0/lib/bsoncxx.lib

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