The Difference Between MongoDB Shell and MongoDB Compass
MongoDB Compass is a graphical user interface (GUI) for working with your databases. It provides a number of features, including schema visualizations, indexing, performance monitoring, and query and aggregation pipeline building.
Using Compass, you can insert data into a database and collection with ease. You can also edit existing documents by hovering over them in the UI and clicking the Insert Document button.
1. MongoDB is a NoSQL database
We live in a data-driven world and in order to make the most of that data, it needs to be organized. Databases are a powerful tool for organizing and storing information in a structured way.
MongoDB is a nonrelational database that uses documents and collections instead of tables and rows. It provides a flexible and scalable environment for cross-platform applications and services.
Compass allows you to connect to a MongoDB database and visualize its structure, manage documents and perform queries. It also features a smart shell with live error highlighting and context-aware auto-completion. You can also build aggregation queries as pipelines of visual stages and easily debug the results. Moreover, you can turn common import and export tasks into repeatable tasks that you can schedule to run automatically.
2. MongoDB Compass is a graphical user interface
MongoDB Compass is a powerful GUI tool for working with the MongoDB database. It provides a rich interface that can visualize the schema, analyze documents, and build aggregation pipelines. It also supports index management and query optimization. It also displays real-time server metrics.
The graphical interface is easy to use and requires no previous knowledge of the MongoDB query language. Its schema visualizer allows you to view the underlying structure of the document and the relationship between the fields in your collection.
For example, if you have two documents with the same start date field, Compass will display these as one row and illustrate how they were inserted. You can also filter, project, and sort documents using the Compass UI. Syntax errors in these settings will turn the associated field’s label red, making them easier to spot.
3. MongoDB Compass is faster
Unlike MongoDB Shell, which requires users to manually type query commands to manipulate data, MongoDB Compass lets users visualize and analyze data and perform database operations without any additional command lines. Its built-in graphical tools allow users to create, insert, update, and delete documents in databases and collections with the click of a button.
For example, if you have multiple continent values that appear more than once in the cities collection, Compass displays the frequency of these values in a graph. Compass also shows a preview of the output from each stage in an aggregation pipeline, allowing users to construct pipelines quickly and easily.
Moreover, it allows users to connect with MongoDB Atlas, the cloud database service that offers automatic scaling, security, and data backups. The tool is free to use for local on-premise deployments and is open-source on GitHub.
4. MongoDB Compass is more secure
The GUI tool MongoDB Compass allows users to visually explore data and perform ad hoc queries without the need for knowledge of the shell command language. It also provides advanced features such as schema analysis and real-time performance metrics.
This tool connects to a local or remote MongoDB server and displays a list of databases, collections, and documents. It also supports aggregation pipelines and can filter and sort data. In addition, it can display sample output and a syntax error indicator to help you avoid mistakes when writing complex aggregation queries.
The GUI tool is free to use and is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It also offers a read-only version that is free for all users. It also includes a number of additional features such as real-time server statistics and query performance analysis and optimization.
5. MongoDB Compass is easier to use
MongoDB Compass has a graphical interface that makes it easier to use than MongoDB shell, which is command-line based. This enables users to interact with their data visually and allows nontechnical stakeholders to view and understand the database without having to learn a complex query language.
Compass is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux. The installation process varies depending on the operating system, but it typically involves double-clicking on the installer and following the instructions.
To connect to a MongoDB database, simply enter the connection information and click ’Connect’. Then, you can select a Database and view its collections. You can also create, modify, and delete documents in a Collection. You can also run ad hoc queries and visualize query plans using the graphical interface.