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MongoDB error dbpath does not exist- Quick Fix!!

Looking for a solution to the error ‘Mongodb error dbpath does not exist’? We can help you fix it.

Generally, this error occurs due to incorrect directory settings.

At Bobcares, we often receive requests to fix MongoDB errors as part of our Server Management Services.

Today, let’s get into this MongoDB error in detail and see how our Support Engineers fix it effectively.


What causes Mongodb error dbpath does not exist?

As we all know, daemon processes start when we bootstrap our system. It will terminate only when we shut down the system.

Mongod is the primary daemon process for the most popular database MongoDB.

But, errors are common while running these daemon processes.

Recently, one of our customers approached us with a MongoDB error. He was frequently getting errors when he tried to run “mongod” on the terminal.

He tried uninstalling, reinstalling, restarting, etc but all ended up showing the same error.

mongodb error dbpath does not exist

Our Support Engineers checked and found errors with the dbpath settings.

The dbpath contains the directory where mongod stores data.


How we fix mongodb error dbpath does not exist?

Usually, when we run just mongodb on the terminal, it will go to the default database path /data/db. Sometimes, this directory may not exist as dbpath in the /etc/mongodb.conf file.

In such cases, the error dbpath does not exist returns.

Let’s just discuss some top fixes for this error.


Creating the directory to fix dbpath does not exist

We can fix this error by creating the /data/db directory on the root or set any other custom path.

We create the directory using the command below.

In Linux:

 mkdir -p /data/db/

In Windows:

mkdir -p \data\db

Also, when we want to provide our custom path for the db, we can use the command.

mongod --dbpath "path"


Setting permissions to fix the mongodb error

Generally, when we start the MongoDB service, it will run as a user. But, if dbpath contains files owned by the root, it will return permission errors.

This is because the mongodb user does not have permission to access those root: root files.

So, we fix the permission errors to run it normally. In Linux, we use the command,

chown mongodb /data/db


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In short, the mongodb error dbpath does not exist occurs due to errors in the dbpath settings. In today’s write-up, we’ve discussed this error in detail and saw how our Support Engineers fix it for our customers.


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