Connecting To NoSQL

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Bitnami installs come with MongoDB already installed and configured as a DreamFactory service. This includes a MongoDB server plus the drivers to connect to it. You can connect to this pre-configured service without any additional setup.


If you are not using Bitnami you need to make sure the PHP driver for MongoDB is installed on your system. Otherwise the admin console will report an error when you try to create the service. Below are the steps to install MongoDB drivers for PHP on Ubuntu Linux. Setup for other Linux distros would be similar. After these steps you'll be able to create your new MongoDB service. For OS X or Windows we recommend using the Bitnami installer, which already has the MongoDB driver installed.

sudo apt-get install php5-dev php5-cli php-pear
sudo pecl install mongo  
sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini  (search for 'extension=' and add '' to this section of file, then save file)
sudo service apache2 restart

Creating a New MongoDB Service

If you want to connect to a MongoDB server other than the one provided by Bitnami installs, you must add a new MongoDB service using the following steps.

  • Go to the Services tab in the admin console.
  • Click Create.
  • Set the Service Type to MongoDB.
  • Enter a name and label for the service. Name will be part of the URL for accessing the service via the REST API.
  • Go to the Config tab for the new service.
  • Enter the connection string for the MongoDB server you want to connect to.
  • Credentials can be part of the connection string or included in the Options section. See here for available options.
  • Click Create Service to save your new service.
  • Go to the API Docs tab in the admin console to test your new service