MongDB Query Operator Cheat Sheet

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MongoDB Query Operator Cheat Sheet


The MongoDB document database is a receptive repository for many documents. You want to find results that match your customized search criteria. One main key to accomplishing this task successfully is to use the appropriate query operator. With this MongoDB query operator cheat sheet, you’ll be able to do just that in record time.

MongoDB Cheat Sheet

Comparison Query Operators

  • Some MongoDB query operators help you to search documents that omit certain values.

  • An example is shown here where the $nin operator that returns documents in a collection called family. The documents have an age field. In that field, any age but 2 or 8 will be returned in the results. If any document doesn’t have an age field, it will be returned as well.

| Name | Description | Usage |


|$nin | Matches none of the values specified in an array.| { age: { $nin: [ 2, 8 ] } } )

  • The $ne operator shown in the example below returns different documents in the same family collection. The values it will omit are those that are female in the gender field. Use $ne when you want to search results that find all but those documents that are without a particular value you specify. { gender: { $ne: ""female"" } } )

  • In this example, the $lte operator will return results that have values of 17 or less found in the age field. { age: { $lte: 17 } } )

  • The $in operator will look for equal values that match anything you specify in an array.

{ field: { $in: [<value1>, <value2>, ... <valuen> ] } }

  • The $eq operator match returns results that are exactly the same as the value you specify.

{ <field>: { $eq: <value> } }

  • The $gte operator searches for values greater than a value that is specified.

  • The example here shows the family collection as the database where documents in the gender field with a value or 7 or more are searched. { gender: { $gt: 7 } } )

Array Query Operators

  • The $elemMatch operator returns documents if values match all specified conditions.

  • The example below find() operator looks for documents operation queries for documents where the value of the gender field is female. $elemMatch projection returns only the first matching element of the child array where the complexion field is fair.|

| Name | Description | Usage |


| $elemMatch | Returns a document if an element within the array field matches all of the $elemMatch conditions. | { gender: “”female”” }, { child: { $elemMatch: { complexion: “”fair”” } } } )

  • The operator $all returns documents that match all the elements in an array of a specified field.

{ <field>: { $all: [ <value1> , <value2> ... ] } }

  • The $size operator argument must return all documents specified by an array, so it must find the solution to the array. It matches all elements within a range.

  • This example shows the family collection where there are 2 elements in the query operator argument $size. { field: { $size: 2 } } );

Logical Query Operators

  • The $not query operator selects documents that are not a particular value that is specified in the query. Use this query operator when you want to find all but a particular value.

  • An example below shows the use of the $not query to return certain documents in the family collection. The specified field is the age field and it should be a value of 15 or less than that. If a document doesn’t have an age field, it will also be placed in the search results.

| Name | Description | Usage |


| $not | Returns documents that don’t match the query expression.| { age: { $not: { $gt: 15 } } } )

  • The $nor query operator returns documents that fail all expressions in an array.| { $nor: [ { <expression1> }, { <expression2> }, ... { <expressionn> } ] }|

  • The $and query operator adds consecutive query clauses and returns documents that meet all the clauses criteria.

  • This example shows the $and operator and two clauses. All of documents will return that meet the entire criteria specified by the two clauses. A document that matches one but not the other clause will not be returned. Here, the seach is for the family collection. The age field has two clauses for documents to match:

(1) not equal to 5 and (2) the age field exists { $and: [ { age: { $ne: 5 } }, { age: { $exists: true } } ] } )

  • The $or query returns documents that match one or more clauses.

  • The example shown queries the famiy collection. The age field of a document can either have a field value of 7 or less OR the complexion field value of “fair.”

| { $or: [ { age: { $lt: 7 } }, { complexion: ""fair"" } ] } )

Evaluation Query Operators

  • The $where query operator This command will return documents from family collection where first name is equal to Yeshua.|

| Name | Description | Usage |


|$where | Returns documents that match a JavaScript expression. | { $where: function() { return ( == ""Yeshua"") }}).pretty()

  • The $regex query operator returns documents the match the stated expression.

  • The example shown here returns documents where the first name has a value of “R.” The family collection is queried. { """"name.first"": { $regex: 'R.*' } } )

  • The $expr grants usage of expressions use of gathering of expressions within the query language.

  • The below example shows $expr the operator query to return documents where the number of finished aricles is more than the monthly article quota.

db.articleMonthly.find( { $expr: { $gt: [ ""$articleFinished"" , ""$articleQuota"" ] } } )

  • The $text query operator runs a text search for fields in a text index. The string should look like this:




$search: <string>,

$language: <string>,

$caseSensitive: <boolean>,

$diacriticSensitive: <boolean>



  • The $search string queries the text index in the MongoDB database.

  • The $language argument is optional. It determines the searchs stop words list. You can select “None” for stop words and it will return documents that match the conditions of the string query.

  • The $caseSensitive boolean flag is optional. Use it to disable or enable case sensitivity in a text index search. The default selection is case insensitivity, that is, the default is irrespective of case.

  • The $diacriticSensitive boolean flag is optional in version 3 text indexes. Use it to disable or enable diacritic marks or signs in a text index search. Earlier versions automatically default to diacritic insensitivity.

  • The $mod (modulo) query operator is used to return documents that match an indicated $mod expression. The syntax shows the specified remainder of a field’s given value. That value was divided by a number (divisor)

  • The $modhas changed starting with the 2.6 version. It passes an error when the remainder is fewer or more than the specified remainder in the array. Earlier versions didn’t pass an error when a remainder is zero.

  • Here’s an example where documents will be returned from the family colllection. The age field  $mod is 7, the specified remainder is 0. { age: { $mod: [ 7, 0 ] } } )

Element Query Operators

  • The $exists operator returns documents that match all of the criteria indicated in the value field.

  • The example below shows that in the family collection, documents will be returned REVIEW THIS PART ONLY

will documents in the family collection where the age field exists and its value does not equal 5 or 15.|

| Name | Description | Usage |


|$exists| Matches documents that contain the indicated values.| { age: { $exists: true, $nin: [ 3, 21 ] } } )

  • The $type operator returns documents that are of a certain BSON type(3). An instance of that type is the field’s value, and this is what documents must match in order to be returned in the search results.

  • The query below is an example of the $type operator that returns documents that match the BSON types in the order given by type.

{ field: { $type: [ <bson type1="type1"> , <bson type2="type2">, ... ] } }


The MongoDB database query operator cheat sheet is an excellent resource for beginners and experts alike. It contains comparison, array, logical, evaluation, element and more commonly used query operators. Refer to it often. Think of the cheat sheet as your helpmate for efficient coding in all of your MongoDB projects.

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