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Manage Databases and Collections in Data Explorer

You can use the Data Explorer to manage your cluster's databases and collections.

To access the Data Explorer:

  1. Click Clusters in the top-left corner of Atlas.
  2. Click Collections for your desired cluster.

Or, if you are already viewing a specific cluster, select the Collections tab.

The following table describes the roles required to perform various actions in the Data Explorer:

Action
Required Role(s)
View Databases and Collections
Create Databases and Collections
Drop Databases and Collections

One of the following roles:

From the Collections tab, you can view the databases and collections in the deployment. Atlas shows the databases in the left pane of the Data Explorer:

Screenshot highlighting databases in Data Explorer.

To view the collections in a particular database, click on the name of the database.

To create a database through the Data Explorer:

1
2

Enter the Database Name and the Collection Name to create the database and its first collection.

For more information on MongoDB database names and collection names, see Naming Restrictions.

3

Select whether the collection is a capped collection. If you select to create a capped collection, specify the maximum size in bytes.

4

Upon successful creation, the database and the collection appears in the Data Explorer.

Tip

To create the first collection in a new database, see Create a Database.

Important

You cannot create new collections on the config and system databases. Atlas will deprecate writing to existing collections on these databases in the near future.

To create a collection in an existing database through the Data Explorer:

1

Either select or hover over the database to drop and click on the plus sign + icon.

2

For more information on MongoDB collection names, see Naming Restrictions.

3

Select whether the collection is a capped collection. If you select to create a capped collection, specify the maximum size in bytes.

4

Upon successful creation, the collection appears underneath the database in the Data Explorer.

To drop a database, including all its collections, through the Data Explorer:

1

Either select or hover of the database to drop and click on its trash can icon.

2

Confirm by typing the name of the database, and click Drop.

To drop a collection, including its documents and indexes, through the Data Explorer:

1

Either select or hover of the collection to drop and click on its trash can icon.

2

Confirm by typing the name of the collection, and click Drop.

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