I installed MongoDB on live VPS to write logs. The server is running on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Mongodb version is 2.0.3. I want to upgrade to latest version (2.0.5) but I want to upgrade only MongoDB. I made test on my desktop with apt-get upgrade and everything is OK after the upgrade. However on my VPS I prefer to update just MongoDB. Any help is appreciated.


I'm assuming that MongoDB is available in a configured apt repository. You can upgrade only certain packages by listing them in an install command, like this:

apt-get install mongodb

(You should however be keeping your server up to date with packages in the lucid-security repository though.)

  • Thanks for the advice. I tried apt-get install mongodb-10gen but I get message that I already have the newest version which is strange since my version is 2.0.3 and the current version is 2.0.5 . The same happens with apt-get install mongodb – George Nikolov May 13 '12 at 6:51
  • What repository are you using for the MongoDB packages? Did you run apt-get update before trying this? – mgorven May 13 '12 at 7:15

I'm guessing you accepted mgorven's answer because running apt-get update resolved your issue. To make it clear for anyone else, to get the latest releases of MongoDB on an apt based system, follow the instructions here:


The relevant line to add to your sources list for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is:

deb http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/ubuntu-upstart dist 10gen

Then (after importing the key and running an apt-get update), you should install using:

sudo apt-get install mongodb-10gen

If you install just using "mongodb" you will get a very old release from the 10.04 repositories instead (1.6.x if I remember correctly).

Once the 10gen package is installed, sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get upgrade will take care of installing new versions for you.

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    Yes, I decided to run apt-get update and then apt-get upgrade and this resolved the issue. Thanks :) – George Nikolov May 14 '12 at 14:51

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