I am a newbie for setting up the server environment and mongoDB. This may sounds something really simple, however, I really need your help on it.

I am trying to connect to my virtual machine which runs the mongodb instance from the local machine, which I believe should be similar to the production environment when I run it on a separate remote server.

The environment is as following:

  • Private IP for virtual machine:

  • Public IP for both local machine and virtual machine:

I changed the bind_ip in /etc/mongod.conf file from

bind_ip =


bind_ip =,,

After I restarted the mongod service, neither the virtual machine nor the local machine can access mongodb through mongodb command and giving me the following error.

MongoDB shell version: 3.0.1
connecting to: test
2015-03-17T16:02:22.705-0400 W NETWORK  Failed to connect to, reason: errno:111 Connection refused
2015-03-17T16:02:22.707-0400 E QUERY    Error: couldn't connect to server (, connection attempt failed
    at connect (src/mongo/shell/mongo.js:179:14)
    at (connect):1:6 at src/mongo/shell/mongo.js:179
exception: connect failed

However, if I change the

bind_ip =

and restart the service, it works and I can access using mongo from my local machine. It seems just not work with multiple ip addresses. I tried to do look up in the mongodb document, however, they does mention that bind_ip takes a comma separated list, which really confused me.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Solution 1

Wrap the comma-separated-Ips with brackets works in mongo 3.2.7 for me:

bindIp = [,,]

Solution 2

With the following version of MongoDB: MongoDB shell version v3.6.10

Reproducing Problem: When [,xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] is used we get the following error. Scalar option 'net.bindIp' must be a single value try 'mongod --help' for more information

Analysis This is because, according to MongoDB Documentation: https://docs.mongodb.com/manual/reference/configuration-options/#net.bindIP

net.bindIP is of type "string".

Solution for binding multiple IP Addresses

bindIp: ",xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx"

Note: No spaces after commas

Solution 3

You can do that by:

bindIp: [,]

Remember to not put a space after the comma.

Solution 4

Thanks for @wdberkeley and @anhlc brought up the clue.

I looked at the log file under /var/log/mongodb/mongod.log. It shows the failing reason for the problem.

2015-03-17T16:08:17.274-0400 I CONTROL  [initandlisten] options: { config: "/etc/mongod.conf", net: { bindIp: "," }, storage: { dbPath: "/var/lib/mongodb" }, systemLog: { destination: "file", logAppend: true, path: "/var/log/mongodb/mongod.log" } }
2015-03-17T16:08:17.332-0400 I NETWORK  [initandlisten] getaddrinfo("") failed: Name or service not known

So the mongo.conf file is sensitive to space, which I happened to add and should have noticed. Also just as @anhlc pointed out, is not a valid IP address for VM. So that one also contribute to the error.

Great thanks for both of your help! Hope this may help if someone happened to run into the same problem.

Solution 5

I successfully added a second ip on my version 3.2 service using a comma, no spaces and an FQDN

  port: 27017
  bindIp: localhost,dev-2.office.sampleorg.com

Solution 6

I am running 3.6 on SUSE 12.x and had an issues using comma separated IP lists. I fixed the issue by bindIp:

Solution 7

In my case the solution was to put the comma separated IP and without any spaces.

#port = 27017

That way worked:

2018-10-02T07:49:27.952+0000 I CONTROL  [initandlisten] options: { config: "/etc/mongodb.conf", net: { bindIp: ",", unixDomainSocket: { pathPrefix: "/run/mongodb" } }, storage: { dbPath: "/var/lib/mongodb", journal: { enabled: true } }, systemLog: { destination: "file", logAppend: true, path: "/var/log/mongodb/mongodb.log" } } 2018-10-02T07:49:27.954+0000 I -    [initandlisten] Detected data files in /var/lib/mongodb created by the 'wiredTiger' storage engine, so setting the active storage engine to 'wiredTiger'.

Mongo 3.6.3 here.

mongod --version db version v3.6.3 git version: 9586e557d54ef70f9ca4b43c26892cd55257e1a5 OpenSSL version: OpenSSL 1.1.0g 2 Nov 2017 allocator: tcmalloc modules: none build environment: distarch: x86_64 target_arch: x86_64

Solution 8

The default /etc/mongod.conf file has this entry for network interfaces:

# network interfaces
  port: 27017

This corresponds to the --bind-ip arg parameter on the command line. Notice the dash notation converted to camel case. To expose the database running in a VM to the host, it's simplest to bind the database to all interfaces for testing purposes. This will cover situations where the VM is using a NAT interface or bridged interface. The command line parameter is --bind_ip_all which does not have a parameter, it's existence corresponds to the bindIPAll: true parameter in the configuration file. Therefore, the configuration file should be changed to:

# network interfaces
  port: 27017
  bindIpAll: true

Notice the bindIp parameter is removed.

It should also be noted that it is possible to add parameters to the command line that override parameters in the config file. Normally, mongod is run with the --config /etc/mongod.conf parameter. It's easier to change the config file instead of hunting down the script what runs it as a daemon and getting systemd to reload and use it.

For details on the YAML-ness of the config file vs. parameters on the command line, see the documentation currently at https://docs.mongodb.com/manual/reference/configuration-options/

If you are running mongod on a VM using NAT, the default port 27017 will not be exposed to the host. It will be necessary to map a port on the host to this port in the guest VM. That's beyond the scope of this answer, but a little research will provide a method used for the VM software you are using (VirtualBox, VMware, etc.)

Solution 9

In my case, with mongoDB 4.4.6 following solution worked -

  port: 27017

After making changes, restart mongoDB with following command -

sudo systemctl restart mongod

To Check mongoDB status, run -

sudo systemctl status mongod

Solution 10

In Mongo 3.*,

use a bracket such as

    port: 27017
    bindIp : [,,]

Solution 11

The case in mongodb version 3.6 on my Ubuntu16.04 LTS is that you do not need to put the IP addresses in the square brackets "[]". Delete the space after the comma solve the failed connection problem in the mongod log (/var/log/mongodb/mongod.log)

NETWORK  [initandlisten] getaddrinfo(" xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx") failed: Name or service not known

After modify the bindIp: to bindIp:,xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (notice no comma between IPs), the host IP is listening as below:

[email protected]xxxx:/var/log/mongodb$ sudo netstat -plnt |egrep mongod
tcp        0      0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:27017*               LISTEN      30747/mongod    
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      30747/mongod 

Solution 12

The bindIp rule with comma separated IP addresses is only meant for known ethernet interfaces, or for the and rules. You can only use the ip addresses of your system's Network Interface Cards. If this list contains an unknown IP address, i.e. an IP of another system, your MongoDb instance will not restart and hence you're not able to connect. To check if your MongoDb instance is running, run the following:

$ sudo systemctl status mongod

If you would like to make your MongoDb instance available to other systems on your network, you'll want to bind the local IP associated with the private network. To determine network interface configuration easily, just run an ifconfig from the command line:

$ ifconfig

This will list all available IP addresses that you can use in the bindIp rule. Most certainly, the IP address that you use is not a valid IP address or unknown by your system.

Solution 13

Amazon-linux2 | Cent OS | MongoDB shell version: 3.0.15

This is how it needs to be done in the latest config

#network interfaces
  port: 27017
  bindIp: [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx,]  # Listen to local interface only, comment to listen on all interfaces.


Solution 14

For 4.4.6, so - lets assume for series 4.x (perhaps for some of series 3.x)

The correct syntax is:

  • bindIp:,<private_host_ip>,<public_host_ip>

For each new IP just use , and without any spaces

For LAN access must be used the private_host_ip, you can use ipconfig or ip a for Windows and Linux respectively to know the ip value. Of course for public WAN access must be used <public_host_ip>, it about your ISP

Warning both ips - private_host_ip and <public_host_ip> - are the locations where your MongoDB server is running, not the remote clients. Therefore exists the wrong assumption to add each new ip where each one represents the remote client IP address (other different than the server IP address - LAN and/or WAN), it is not correct.

Note To avoid problems is better for both use static ips, the private through your router and the second through your ISP.

Solution 15

Ubuntu 16.04 -> MongoDB shell version: 2.6.10

For me the following works:

bind_ip = [;X.X.X.X]

Notice I have a ; not ,

Solution 16

With MongoDB server version: 3.6.8 plain comma separated list worked for me. With or without spaces after comma.

bind_ip =,
bind_ip =,

However, adding enclosing in [] fails with following error in MongoDB log

bind_ip = [,]
getaddrinfo("[") failed: Name or service not known

bind_ip = [,]
getaddrinfo("[") failed: Name or service not known

Solution 17

This worked for my mongo v4.2.15:

vi /etc/mongod.conf

  port: 27017

sudo systemctl restart mongod

Solution 18

If all you want to do is connect to this machine over the network you do NOT need to modify the bind_ip value.

In your case you need to follow the following steps.

  1. Setup the remote machine to block all connections to port 27017
  2. Enable remote machine to only accept connections from your local machine
  3. Setup credentials with MongoDB
  4. Connect with client using credentials.

If you are not sure how to do any of this steps. Check out a blog post that I wrote that goes more in details how to do this.

Blog Post

Hope this helps.