Azure Cosmos DB: Import MongoDB data

To migrate data from MongoDB to an Azure Cosmos DB account for use with the API for MongoDB, you must:

If you are importing data from MongoDB and plan to use it with the Azure Cosmos DB, you should use the Data Migration tool to import data.

This tutorial covers the following tasks:

  • Retrieving your connection string
  • Importing MongoDB data by using mongoimport
  • Importing MongoDB data by using mongorestore


  • Increase throughput: The duration of your data migration depends on the amount of throughput you set up for your collections. Be sure to increase the throughput for larger data migrations. After you've completed the migration, decrease the throughput to save costs. For more information about increasing throughput in the Azure portal, see Performance levels and pricing tiers in Azure Cosmos DB.

  • Enable SSL: Azure Cosmos DB has strict security requirements and standards. Be sure to enable SSL when you interact with your account. The procedures in the rest of the article include how to enable SSL for mongoimport and mongorestore.

Find your connection string information (host, port, username, and password)

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Cosmos DB entry.
  2. In the Subscriptions pane, select your account name.
  3. In the Connection String blade, click Connection String.
    The right pane contains all the information that you need to successfully connect to your account.

    Connection String blade

Import data to the API for MongoDB by using mongoimport

To import data to your Azure Cosmos DB account, use the following template. Fill in host, username, and password with the values that are specific to your account.


mongoimport.exe --host <your_hostname>:10255 -u <your_username> -p <your_password> --db <your_database> --collection <your_collection> --ssl --sslAllowInvalidCertificates --type json --file C:\sample.json


mongoimport.exe --host -u anhoh-host -p tkvaVkp4Nnaoirnouenrgisuner2435qwefBH0z256Na24frio34LNQasfaefarfernoimczciqisAXw== --ssl --sslAllowInvalidCertificates --db sampleDB --collection sampleColl --type json --file C:\Users\anhoh\Desktop\*.json

Import data to the API for MongoDB by using mongorestore

To restore data to your API for MongoDB account, use the following template to execute the import. Fill in host, username, and password with the values that are specific to your account.


mongorestore.exe --host <your_hostname>:10255 -u <your_username> -p <your_password> --db <your_database> --collection <your_collection> --ssl --sslAllowInvalidCertificates <path_to_backup>


mongorestore.exe --host -u anhoh-host -p tkvaVkp4Nnaoirnouenrgisuner2435qwefBH0z256Na24frio34LNQasfaefarfernoimczciqisAXw== --ssl --sslAllowInvalidCertificates ./dumps/dump-2016-12-07

Guide for a successful migration

  1. Pre-create and scale your collections:

    • By default, Azure Cosmos DB provisions a new MongoDB collection with 1,000 request units (RUs). Before you start the migration by using mongoimport, mongorestore, or mongomirror, pre-create all your collections from the Azure portal or from MongoDB drivers and tools. If your collection is greater than 10 GB, make sure to create a sharded/partitioned collection with an appropriate shard key.

    • From the Azure portal, increase your collections' throughput from 1,000 RUs for a single partition collection and 2,500 RUs for a sharded collection just for the migration. With the higher throughput, you can avoid throttling and migrate in less time. With hourly billing in Azure Cosmos DB, you can reduce the throughput immediately after the migration to save costs.

  2. Calculate the approximate RU charge for a single document write:

    a. Connect to your Azure Cosmos DB MongoDB database from the MongoDB Shell. You can find instructions in Connect a MongoDB application to Azure Cosmos DB.

    b. Run a sample insert command by using one of your sample documents from the MongoDB Shell:

     ```db.coll.insert({ "playerId": "a067ff", "hashedid": "bb0091", "countryCode": "hk" })```

    c. Run db.runCommand({getLastRequestStatistics: 1}) and you will receive a response like this one:

     globaldb:PRIMARY> db.runCommand({getLastRequestStatistics: 1})
         "_t": "GetRequestStatisticsResponse",
         "ok": 1,
         "CommandName": "insert",
         "RequestCharge": 10,
         "RequestDurationInMilliSeconds": NumberLong(50)

    d. Take note of the request charge.

  3. Determine the latency from your machine to the Azure Cosmos DB cloud service:

    a. Enable verbose logging from the MongoDB Shell by using this command: setVerboseShell(true)

    b. Run a simple query against the database: db.coll.find().limit(1). You will receive a response like this one:

     Fetched 1 record(s) in 100(ms)
  4. Remove the inserted document before the migration to ensure that there are no duplicate documents. You can remove documents by using this command: db.coll.remove({})

  5. Calculate the approximate batchSize and numInsertionWorkers values:

    • For batchSize, divide the total provisioned RUs by the RUs consumed from your single document write in step 3.

    • If the calculated batchSize <= 24, use that number as your batchSize value.

    • If the calculated batchSize > 24, set the batchSize value to 24.

    • For numInsertionWorkers, use this equation: numInsertionWorkers = (provisioned throughput * latency in seconds) / (batch size * consumed RUs for a single write).

      Property Value
      batchSize 24
      RUs provisioned 10000
      Latency 0.100 s
      RU charged for 1 doc write 10 RUs
      numInsertionWorkers ?

      numInsertionWorkers = (10000 RUs x 0.1 s) / (24 x 10 RUs) = 4.1666

  6. Run the final migration command:

    mongoimport.exe --host -u anhoh-mongodb -p wzRJCyjtLPNuhm53yTwaefawuiefhbauwebhfuabweifbiauweb2YVdl2ZFNZNv8IU89LqFVm5U0bw== --ssl --sslAllowInvalidCertificates --jsonArray --db dabasename --collection collectionName --file "C:\sample.json" --numInsertionWorkers 4 --batchSize 24

Next steps

You can proceed to the next tutorial and learn how to query MongoDB data by using Azure Cosmos DB.