Mongoose (Javascript)

Mongoose is an NPM package that allows a simple and schema'd Javascript entrypoint to your Mongo database.



Install mongoose: npm i mongoose and ensure your database is running.


Create a new file called server.js and put this within.

// Initilize database

const mongoose = require("mongoose");
const dbName = "test";
mongoose.connect(`mongodb://localhost:27017/${dbName}`, {
  useNewUrlParser: true,
  useUnifiedTopology: true,

// Create test schema

const testSchema = new mongoose.Schema({
  name: String,
  age: Number,
  friends: [String],

// Create a model from your schema

// this first param is the name of your collection in your test database
const Test = mongoose.model("test", testSchema);

// Connect to database

const db = mongoose.connection;
db.on("error", console.error.bind(console, "connection error:"));
db.once("open", () => {
  console.log(`Mongoose DB "${dbName}" initialized\n`)

This will have created your basics. You can now start creating queries, inserting items into your database, etc.


Return Object

The return of a query is not a plain Javascript object and will show weird behavior when trying to add to/remove from/modify it. If you want a plain Javascript object in return, you can use .lean() within your chain to cast it.



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