How to Restore a MongoDB Database from Compass
I often find that I want to restore a MongoDB database locally from MongoDB (Preview database) Atlas to determine if I've made any breaking changes.
Restoring your MongoDB database
- Download a backup from MongoDB Atlas.
- Unzip the backup. In this case, I unzipped it to my
- run a Docker container with the following flags:
-p <TO>:<FROM>- To is the port that you are serving on your local machine and From is the container's process port for Mongo (unless specified otherwise, it's
-v <LOCAL DB DIRECTORY>:<DOCKER DB PATH>- Local DB Directory is where I unzipped the backup. Docker DB Path is the directory Mongo will use to serve a database. Unless specified otherwise, this is
docker container run -p 27018:27017 -v $HOME/Downloads/dump:/data/db mongo:5.0.7
Accessing your MongoDB database
Now from Mongo Compass you should be able to connect to your locally running Mongo instance with this connection string:
27018? In this case, because that's the port I designated for Mongo to serve from on my computer, this is the port I want to connect to.