I have a mongodb server (A) and a http server (B). I would like to run mongodump and mongorestore commands on http server (B) to backup data on server B. But these tools comes with mongodb installation and i don't want to install mongodb to my http server.

How can i achieve this?

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    You mean you don't want to download the binaries? There's no need to "install" mongodb as a package of your distro
    – user
    Jan 19 '12 at 15:33
  • What distribution are you using?
    – rvs
    Jan 21 '12 at 9:07
  • ubuntu-debian installed via: mongodb.org/display/DOCS/Ubuntu+and+Debian+packages
    – edigu
    Jan 22 '12 at 12:19
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    apt-get install mongodb-clients (or sudo apt-get install mongodb-clients) worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04 when needing just the client and not the 'weight' of the full install. I know we're not talking about much of a footprint but I tend to subscribe to the 'only what you need' model of server admin.
    – J Lawson
    Dec 29 '14 at 18:12

I know this is quite an old question, but googling took me there. On ubuntu 14.04 I have a following line in /etc/sources.list.d/mongo.list to have the 3.2 version there:

deb http://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu trusty/mongodb-org/3.2 multiverse

The source contains few packages. According to the MongoDB Manual it's like this:

  • mongodb-org - A metapackage that will automatically install the four component packages listed below.
  • mongodb-org-server - Contains the mongod daemon and associated configuration and init scripts.
  • mongodb-org-mongos - Contains the mongos daemon.
  • mongodb-org-shell - Contains the mongo shell.
  • mongodb-org-tools - Contains the following MongoDB tools: mongoimport bsondump, mongodump, mongoexport, mongofiles, mongooplog, mongoperf, mongorestore, mongostat, and mongotop.

So in your case the mongodb-org-tools should be enough.


Usually Linux distributions create several packages from a single software, like server, clients, dev and doc.

For example, on Debian, you can install the mongodb-clients package that contains mongodump and mongorestore and does not install the mongodb server.


10gen doesn't provide seperate packages such as server - clients - dev & doc for mongodb (at least I couldn't found for Ubuntu 10.04). So I just copied /usr/bin/mongodump and /usr/bin/mongorestore binaries to my HTTP server manually (machines were same architecture) Now i'm running these commands on my server which doesn't have any mongodb installation without problems.


For those installing on Amazon Ubuntu on EC2 using the 10gen yum repository for MongoDB, I had to sudo yum install mongo-10gen.x86_64 to get mongo, mongodump, mongorestore and mongos.

Don't forget you can always sudo yum search mongo...

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