I am using MongoDB and I want to install Robomongo on Ubuntu.

Are there any instructions on how I can I install Robomongo on my machine?

11 Answers 11


Follow these simple steps.

  • Download the robomongo: https://robomongo.org/download
  • Extract the .tar.gz downloaded from above
  • Change directory to extracted folder.
  • You'll find a bin folder. Go in there, then double click on robomongo.

Anytime you'll wanna run robomongo, you will have to do something like this from terminal:


You might wanna add a link to robomongo from your /usr/bin which will allow you to do something like this anywhere from terminal:

for that

  • navigate to robomongo_dir/bin
  • right click on robomongo executable file and click on Make Link, Link to robomongo executable file will be created there
  • rename Link to robomongo to your wish ( let say robo_)
  • move this link to /usr/bin directory with below command on terminal

    sudo mv /robomongo_dir/bin/robo_ /usr/bin

Now you can run robomongo from terminal OR from run command (Alt+ F2) by typing robo_

  • 6
    This should be the accepted answer.
    – fosslinux
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 3:11
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    @ubashu Some get answers or help and sometimes forget where they got the assistance.
    – KhoPhi
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:55

Robo 3T (formerly Robomongo) is the free lightweight GUI with embedded shell for MongoDB enthusiasts. Use Ubuntu Software to install the robo3t-snap package or install it from the terminal with:

sudo snap install robo3t-snap
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    this is should be top answer in 2019 and for Ubuntu 18.04 above. Commented Jun 6, 2019 at 5:08
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    Be careful, you should copy your private key into ~/snap/robo3t-snap/4 if you wish to do SSH tunelling with the snap package (cf. github.com/Studio3T/robomongo/issues/…) Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 8:59
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    Currently, Snap pkg is outdated. It would not work properly with Mongo Atlas, when you create a user with specific permission for specific DB. You need to work on Robo3t =>1.4. Commented Nov 23, 2020 at 6:45
  • Following answer helped to install 1.4.+ Robo3T askubuntu.com/a/1317140/860337
    – wowkin2
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 15:01
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    I installed it but couldnt find its binary
    – alper
    Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 22:46


Now Robomongo program become Robo3T studio and you can download it from Here.

If you need old version include Old Robomongo program, you can download version from Here

======================= My answer from 2016

answer of @Rexford is nice But I will be more clear

There Two ways to install robomongo program into ubuntu using command line:

First way

1.1 download tar.gz file from Official robomongo website(choose version you need to install and get it's tar.gz download file url)

wget https://download.robomongo.org/0.9.0/linux/robomongo-0.9.0-linux-x86_64-0786489.tar.gz

1.2 extract tar.gz file

 tar -xvzf robomongo-0.9.0-linux-x86_64-0786489.tar.gz

1.3 mv files and folders into the result folder from extraction operation into folder robomongo under /usr/local/bin

sudo mkdir /usr/local/bin/robomongo
sudo mv  robomongo-0.9.0-linux-x86_64-0786489/* /usr/local/bin/robomongo

1.4 make sure excute file for robomongo program which exists under /usr/local/bin/robomongo/bin folder is excutable file

cd /usr/local/bin/robomongo/bin
sudo chmod +x robomongo ## run command only if robomongo isn't excutable file

Second way

2.1 download deb file from Official robomongo website(choose version you need to install and get it's deb download file url)

wget https://download.robomongo.org/0.8.5/linux/robomongo-0.8.5-x86_64.deb

2.2 install deb file using dpkg command line

sudo dpkg -i robomongo-0.8.5-x86_64.deb

2.3 open robomongo program using command line by run


Very Important Notice:

All available versions 0.8.5 and earlier of robomongo have both deb file and tar.gz file download urls. So If you want a previous version you can use one of two ways But If you need download version 0.9.0 there only one way is the first ones

more links about install robomongo program: link 1, line 2, link 3

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    it seems these *.deb files are not unavailable anymore Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 9:35
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    to make robomongo executable from anywhere, I renamed its folder and sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/robomongodir/bin/robomongo /usr/local/bin/ Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 9:47
  • If you follow these instructions and you see robomongo: command not found then you're probably on 32-bit architecture which isn't (and probably won't be) supported by robomongo Commented Mar 4, 2017 at 8:43
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    This no longer works. Version 0.8 is now so old, it's incompatible with the current version of Mongo, and Studio3T seems to have stopped releasing deb files for newer versions.
    – Cerin
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 19:56
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    download.robomongo.org is now behind an annoying subscribe wall. Files can also be found here: github.com/Studio3T/robomongo/releases
    – RickyA
    Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 9:01

Robomongo is now Robo 3T:

Download the tar file from the site.

The current file is robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz but obviously this may be different to what you downloaded in the future: adapt the commands below accordingly.

Open a terminal and cd to wherever you downloaded the archive, eg, cd Downloads and mv it to wherever you would like to keep it, perhaps /opt. Then extract it, and make a symlink from the binary to a PATH location, for example...

sudo tar -xf /opt/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz
sudo ln -s /opt/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/bin/robo3t /usr/local/bin/robo3t

Now you can run robo3t in your terminal and it will work.

  • @Zanna sorry didn't see the /opt path Commented Jul 29, 2017 at 22:06
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    @George my bad, just fixed it after seeing your comment :)
    – Zanna
    Commented Jul 29, 2017 at 22:07

Install Robo3t On Ubuntu 18.04 / Ubuntu 20.04

1- Download the package form https://github.com/Studio3T/robomongo/releases or using wget

wget https://github.com/Studio3T/robomongo/releases/download/v1.4.4/robo3t-1.4.4-linux-x86_64-e6ac9ec.tar.gz

2- Extract here using

tar xvf robo3t-1.4.4-linux-x86_64-e6ac9ec.tar.gz

4- Move the extracted package

sudo mv robo3t-1.4.4-linux-x86_64-e6ac9ec /usr/local/bin/robo3t

Change directory to

cd /usr/local/bin/robo3t/bin

5- Download icon

sudo wget https://dashboard.snapcraft.io/site_media/appmedia/2018/09/logo-256x256.png -O icon.png

6- To make desktop icon for Robo3t, we can make a file in

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/robo3t.desktop

Paste these and save

[Desktop Entry]

Validate the .desktop file:

desktop-file-validate /usr/share/applications/robo3t.desktop

If everything is correct, you can search in application menu for robo3t.

Now, we can find the icon in application launcher menu by search for robo3t

We can check this also


  • As of 2019-12-18 Robo 3T v1.3 has a bug that prevents editing in the UI. Upvoted this answer for the URL for v1.2.1. Thanks.
    – studog
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 20:08

run the folowing commands (feel free to update the links and change folder names):

wget https://download.robomongo.org/1.1.1/linux/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz
sudo tar -xzf robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz -C /opt
rm robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /opt/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/lib/BKP/
sudo mv /opt/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/lib/libstdc++* /opt/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/lib/BKP/
sudo ln -s /opt/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/bin/robo3t /usr/bin/robo3t
cat > ~/.local/share/applications/robo3t.desktop <<EOL
[Desktop Entry]

then you will also get a launcher icon so you will be able to press win-key and search for.

But you wont get an image for the icon (some ubuntu place-holder) :(


There doesn't seem to be sudo apt-get install for robomongo. There is tar.gz download available from here Once you download that you need to do

gunzip robomongo-0.9.0-rc4-linux-x86_64-8c830b6.tar.gz
tar -xvf robomongo-0.9.0-rc4-linux-x86_64-8c830b6.tar

and then either move the untar-ed version to /opt (if needed)

Otherwise there is another way as mentioned in this blog or here

  • I have done this robomongo-0.9.0-rc4-linux-x86_64-8c830b6.tar.gz how i can proceed ? Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 11:16
  • Please specify details in terms of what you have done and what error messages(if any) you are getting?
    – Ashu
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 12:07
  • @SurajMaurya if answer below helped, you mind marking as answer?
    – KhoPhi
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 21:49

To install Robomongo (Robo 3T) version 1.4+ use following steps

cd ~/Downloads/
tar -xvzf robo3t*.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /usr/local/bin/robo3t
sudo mv robo3t*/* /usr/local/bin/robo3t/
cd /usr/local/bin/robo3t/bin/
sudo chmod +x robo3t

Previously, you could install it using Ubuntu Software using sudo snap install robo3t-snap.
But it is not updating from version 1.3.


if you try to install the latest version of robomobo that call be now robo3t. Or you try to install on ubuntu 16.04 follow the below step and your robomongo install

Download latest robomongo tar file

wget https://download.robomongo.org/1.1.1/linux/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz

Extract it

tar -xvzf https://download.robomongo.org/1.1.1/linux/robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0.tar.gz

Make a directory

mkdir ~/robo-backup

Move robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/lib/libstdc++ direcotry to ~/robo-backup/ direcotry

mv robo3t-1.1.1-linux-x86_64-c93c6b0/lib/libstdc++* ~/robo-backup/

Run the robo3t


If you need to install mongodb binary (Manually) to your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic). You need to download mongodb .tgz file from this link .

1) Download it to your ~/Downloads folder and moveit to home directory by typing mv Downloads/mongodb-linux-x86_64-ubuntu1804-4.0.4.tgz ~/

2) Then unter it by typing tar -zxvf mongodb-linux-x86_64-ubuntu1804-4.0.4.tgz place it here (Home directory /home/). Dont move it from here.

3) Then make a directory at /data/db location and give write permission to thatdirectory.

sudo mkdir -p /data/db

sudo chmod -R 777 /data/db

4) Now, this is the tricky area. Make sure u r in hme directory by typing pwd (Present Working Directory)


it will show

/home/<your user name>

Then type

ls -al

This command will show up all hiddenfile at home directory and search for


5) Edit the .bashrc file and write

export PATH=mongodb-linux-x86_64-ubuntu1804-4.0.4/bin:$PATH

and save the file type source ./bashrc

Then type echo $PATH at terminal it will display ~/mongodb-linux-x86_64-ubuntu1804-4.0.4/bin:/home/xenon/.nvm/versions/node/v10.15.0/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/snap/bin

6) Now at terminal type mongo --nodb it will show MongoDB shell version v4.0.4

From here , you are all set, go ahead and enjoy mongodb installation. This istallation is bit complex but by this method you can easily control the version of mongodb and use it as per your need.

7) Then start mongod

>sudo mkdir -p /var/log && sudo chmod -R 777 /var/log
>mongod --port 27017 --dbpath /data/db --logpath /var/log/local.log --fork
>mongo --port 27017

My version grabs the latest tar.gz release from github:

set -e

# sudo apt install jq desktop-file-utils

# clean
rm -rf robo3t /usr/localbin/robo3t /usr/share/applications/robo3t/usr/share/applications/robo3t.desktop

JSON="$(curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/Studio3T/robomongo/releases/latest | jq -r '.assets[] | select(.name | select(endswith(".tar.gz")))')"
URL="$(echo $JSON | jq -r '.browser_download_url')"
FILENAME="$(echo $JSON | jq -r '.name')"
NAME="$(basename "$FILENAME" .tar.gz)"
echo "URL=$URL"
echo "NAME=$NAME"

curl -sOJLN "$URL"
tar xf "$FILENAME"
rm -rf "$FILENAME"
sudo mv "$NAME" /usr/local/bin/robo3t
cd /usr/local/bin/robo3t/bin
sudo curl -s "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Studio3T/robomongo/48f7dfde82b9c4233ca0133044114dca239f5239/install/macosx/robomongo.iconset/icon_128x128.png" -o icon.png
cat > robo3t.desktop <<EOL
[Desktop Entry]

desktop-file-validate robo3t.desktop
sudo desktop-file-install robo3t.desktop
rm robo3t.desktop

# Now, we can find the `icon` in application launcher menu by search for `robo3t`

# https://askubuntu.com/questions/739297/how-to-install-robomongo-on-ubuntu/974766#974766
# https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24987542/is-there-a-link-to-github-for-downloading-a-file-in-the-latest-release-of-a-repo#comment49446532_29360657
# https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/156892/how-to-validate-verify-desktop-files
# https://stackoverflow.com/questions/821396/aborting-a-shell-script-if-any-command-returns-a-non-zero-value/821419#821419

You can find it in github repo https://github.com/rofrol/dotfiles/blob/master/bin/install-robo3t-on-debian.sh

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