What are the main differences (size, speed, etc) between the datatypes double, NumberLong, NumberInt or a simple Integer in MongoDB?

If I want to save a small fixed number (something between 0 and 1000) which data type should I use?

Solution 1


By default, the mongo shell treats all numbers as floating-point values. The mongo shell provides the NumberInt() constructor to explicitly specify 32-bit integers.


By default, the mongo shell treats all numbers as floating-point values. The mongo shell provides the NumberLong() class to handle 64-bit integers.

The NumberLong() constructor accepts the long as a string:


Source: http://docs.mongodb.org/manual/core/shell-types/

Solution 2

NumberLong and NumberInt are not data types in MongoDB but JavaScript functions in the MongoDB shell.

Data types in MongoDB are defined in the BSON specification: http://bsonspec.org/spec.html

Numbers are stored as type 0x01 (floating point), type 0x10 (32-bit integer) or type 0x12 (64-bit integer).

If you insert or update a document in the MongoDB shell, then NumberLong creates a 64-bit integer, NumberInt creates a 32-bit integer, and a regular JavaScript number creates a floating-point value. This is because there are no integers in JavaScript, only floating-point numbers.

Output in the MongoDB shell shows floating-point numbers and 32-bit integers as JavaScript numbers, whereas 64-bit integers are shown as calls to NumberLong:

> db.inttest.insert({f: 1234, i: NumberInt("1234"), l: NumberLong("1234")})
> db.inttest.findOne()
        "_id" : ObjectId("5396fc0db8e0b3e2dedb59b0"),
        "f" : 1234,
        "i" : 1234,
        "l" : NumberLong(1234)

Different MongoDB drivers provide different methods of inserting different types of numbers. For example, the C++ driver creates a 64-bit integer if you append a long long value to a BSONObjectBuilder.

Queries match whenever the numbers are equal. In the above example, the queries

> db.inttest.find({i:1234})
> db.inttest.find({l:1234})
> db.inttest.find({f:1234})
> db.inttest.find({i:NumberLong("1234")})
> db.inttest.find({l:NumberLong("1234")})
> db.inttest.find({f:NumberLong("1234")})

all match the inserted document.