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4 free, open source management GUIs For MongoDB

Rick Grehan | June 13, 2013
Genghis, phpMoAdmin, RockMongo, and UMongo free MongoDB database management from the command line.

Launch UMongo, open its connection dialog, connect to a running MongoDB server, and you're presented with a three-pane window: navigation pane on the left, current object statistics pane in the upper right, and results pane in the lower right. The content of the statistics pane depends on which component is selected in the navigation pane. Select a sharded database cluster, for example, and you're shown connection information for the cluster server itself (such as the host running the mongos instance that handles request routing for that cluster), as well as connection information for each shard member.

Items in the results pane are virtually always BSON documents. UMongo displays documents in a tree control, so you can expand or collapse the output as needed. In fact, tree controls are used throughout UMongo. The hierarchical view in the navigation pane, for example, is a tree control.

Above the statistics pane, a context-aware menu alters its contents based on which object is selected in the navigation pane. For example, choose a database in the navigation pane, and the menu becomes:

Database. Items on this menu let you create a new collection, refresh the display (in the navigation pane), or drop the selected database.

Command. From here you can issue commands in either BSON form or as JavaScript code submitted to the server. This menu also has a selection that will list the available commands as a BSON document (it's not the simplest thing to read). Another selection will issue a dbstats command for retrieving the latest statistics from the database, such as the number of objects, average object size, index size, and so on.

User. Here you can authenticate an existing user or add or remove users. The authenticate command works only if authentication is enabled for the database (by default, it is not). It is effectively a login command for the user name and password specified.

Sharding. This menu exists both at the server and the database level. At the server level, the menu selections will list the shard servers that are currently in the cluster, add a shard server to the cluster, or remove a shard server. Here you'll also find a flush operation, which flushes the cached metadata in the mongos process. At the database level, items on this menu let you enable sharding for the database, display shard-specific information about the database (for example, which member of the cluster is the primary shard server), and move the primary server to another member of the cluster.

GridFS. This menu selection lets you manipulate files in MongoDB's GridFS file system (assuming you've defined one for the database you're connected to). It opens a file browser from which you can upload files into the GridFS, or download files, which copies the files out of the GridFS.


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