How to shutdown MongoDB instance from MongoDB Shell?

For some cases we may have access to database instance of MongoDB as DBA. But we may not have access to Linux or Windows box to shutdown the MongoDB service or MongoDB instance. To Shutdown the MongoDB instance you should be able to log in to “admin” database.  If your MongoDB instance is running with “auth” mode you really need a password and username. In this demo I assume MongoDB instance is not running with “auth” mode.

I login to MongoDB shell first.


Then I change the database to admin database.

use admin

Now I’m going to run that command. This command will shutdown the instance hence think twice before you use it.

db.runCommand( { shutdown : 1 } );

That is like adventure to a DBA because your database will crash if you don’t have any replication plan. 😉