I installed mongodb for learning purpose, the problem I am facing is that it starts on system boot and consume resources even if not being used. I want it to be removed from system boot, how can I do this?

  • From how much resources are you talking about?
    – A.B.
    Sep 22, 2015 at 13:03
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    Possible duplicate of How to enable or disable services? Mar 30, 2016 at 16:34
  • If you are using a recent version of ubuntu, you probably need to follow the instructions for systemd on how to "disable" a service: askubuntu.com/questions/19320/… ; you can also "mask" a service if you want to completely disable the service. If you "disable" a service it will not automatically start at boot time. If you "mask" a service, it will not be able to be started and will be completely disabled.
    – mchid
    Jan 5, 2017 at 20:14

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I can't test it at the moment, but I think this should work

 sudo update-rc.d mongodb disable

If this is not enough try this

 sudo update-rc.d -f mongodb remove
  • Yep, the first one worked to me :) Apr 8, 2016 at 12:18

This worked for me and I'm using Ubuntu 18.04:

sudo systemctl disable mongod
  • With mongodb version v3.6.8 on linux mint 20 the service is called mongodb (and not just mongod), so I can disable it with sudo systemctl disable mongodb.
    – Peter T.
    Sep 2, 2020 at 5:41

This is borrowed from this answer:

echo manual | sudo tee /etc/init/mongod.override
  • As Robert indicated in his answer, this works but the file should be mongod.override (not mongodb) Jan 28, 2017 at 19:03

@davelupt's reference is great. However I guess the command should be

echo manual | sudo tee /etc/init/mongod.override

since the file for MongoDB under /etc/init is mongod.conf.

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    On 16.10 and 16.04, I'm showing /etc/init/mongodb.conf when I run either one of the following commands: dpkg -L mongodb-server | grep /etc/init/mongod or apt-file search /etc/init/mongod
    – mchid
    Jan 5, 2017 at 20:30

For Ubuntu 18 and above use

$ sudo systemctl stop mongod

For earlier versions

$ sudo service mongod stop

For MacOS:

$ brew services stop mongodb-community@4.2

For Windows, Open CMD as Admin:

sc.exe delete MongoDB

More info can be found here

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