Back in 2014, MongoDB released its modular storage engine API, allowing storage engines to integrate seamlessly with MongoDB data interface. MongoRocks is one such integration, targeting RocksDB key-value store. It was originally developed and open sourced by Facebook and used by Parse.


RocksDB is a key-value library based on Log Structured Merge Trees. It is maintained by the Facebook Database Engineering Team, and is based on LevelDB, by Sanjay Ghemawat and Jeff Dean at Google. If you want to learn more about RocksDB, check out rocksdb.org.

Getting started

There are two ways you can get started with MongoRocks:

  • The first one is to compile the database from source. To do that, follow the instructions on our Github page.
  • You can also download Percona Server for MongoDB, which includes MongoRocks integration and comes with support from experts at Percona.

Running MongoRocks

Once you have MongoDB with MongoRocks installed, to select RocksDB storage engine, run:

$ ./mongod --storageEngine rocksdb

With MongoRocks up and running, you can issue the following command in Mongo shell to check RocksDB metrics:



Rocks-strata is a tool that lets you easily backup MongoRocks instance. Check out its Announcement and Github page


Here’s a list of talks about MongoRocks from which you can learn more:

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