MongoDB requirements

Configuring MongoDB for Monitoring in PMM Query Analytics

In Query Analytics, you can monitor MongoDB metrics and queries. Run the pmm-admin add command to use these monitoring services (for more information, see Adding MongoDB Service Monitoring).

Supported versions of MongoDB

Query Analytics supports MongoDB version 3.2 or higher.

Setting Up the Required Permissions

For MongoDB monitoring services to work in Query Analytics, you need to set up the mongodb_exporter user.

Here is an example for the MongoDB shell that creates and assigns the appropriate roles to the user.

    role: "explainRole",
    privileges: [{
        resource: {
            db: "",
            collection: ""
        actions: [

   user: "mongodb_exporter",
   pwd: "s3cR#tpa$$worD",
   roles: [
      { role: "explainRole", db: "admin" },
      { role: "clusterMonitor", db: "admin" },
      { role: "read", db: "local" }

Enabling Profiling

For MongoDB to work correctly with Query Analytics, you need to enable profiling in your mongod configuration. When started without profiling enabled, Query Analytics displays the following warning:


A warning message is displayed when profiling is not enabled

It is required that profiling of the monitored MongoDB databases be enabled, however profiling is not enabled by default because it may reduce the performance of your MongoDB server.

Enabling Profiling on Command Line

You can enable profiling from command line when you start the mongod server. This command is useful if you start mongod manually.

Run this command as root or by using the sudo command

mongod --dbpath=DATABASEDIR --profile 2 --slowms 200 --rateLimit 100

Note that you need to specify a path to an existing directory that stores database files with the --dpbath. When the --profile option is set to 2, mongod collects the profiling data for all operations. To decrease the load, you may consider setting this option to 1 so that the profiling data are only collected for slow operations.

The --slowms option sets the minimum time for a slow operation. In the given example, any operation which takes longer than 200 milliseconds is a slow operation.

The --rateLimit option, which is available if you use PSMDB instead of MongoDB, refers to the number of queries that the MongoDB profiler collects. The lower the rate limit, the less impact on the performance. However, the accuracy of the collected information decreases as well.

Enabling Profiling in the Configuration File

If you run mongod as a service, you need to use the configuration file which by default is /etc/mongod.conf.

In this file, you need to locate the operationProfiling: section and add the following settings:

   slowOpThresholdMs: 200
   mode: slowOp

These settings affect mongod in the same way as the command line options. Note that the configuration file is in the YAML format. In this format the indentation of your lines is important as it defines levels of nesting.

Restart the mongod service to enable the settings.

Run this command as root or by using the sudo command

service mongod restart

See also

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