MongoDB - Update

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This Snap updates one or more documents in a MongoDB collection. It also supports the upsert capability.

  • Expected upstream Snaps: Any Snap with document output view
  • Expected downstream Snaps: Any Snap with document input view
  • Expected input: a map data to evaluate expression properties and/or to update documents in a MongoDB collection
  • Expected output

          "updatedDocuments":    n,
          "matchedDocuments":    m,
          "updateOfExisting":   [true or false],
          "inserted":    [true or false],
          "original":    {input document}

    In the above output:

    • updatedDocuments - is the number of MongoDB documents that are changed in the update query. The updateOfExisting is true if updatedDocuments is greater than 0.

    • matchedDocuments - is the number of MongoDB documents that match the query for potential change.

    • updateOfExisting - is true if there are any updatedDocuments, otherwise, false.

For example, if the existing documents are:

  "name": "Ralph",
  "color": "blue",
  "available": true
  "name": "Sally",
  "color": "blue",
  "available": false

And an update with query{} and input document of:

  "available": true

then the result will be as follows:

  "updatedDocuments": 1,
  "matchedDocuments": 2,
  "updateOfExisting": true,
  "inserted": false,
  "original": {
      "available": true
  • Before introducing the matchedDocuments definition, the updateOfExisting would be true if matchedDocuments was greater than 0. Now, updateOfExisting is true if updatedDocuments is greater than 0.

  • The updateOfExisting output documents would be false if the update query matched documents, but didn’t update documents.



Support and limitations:Works in Ultra Task Pipelines.

This Snap uses account references created on the Accounts page of SnapLogic Manager to handle access to this endpoint. See MongoDB Account for information on setting up this type of account.

InputThis Snap has one document input view. Each input document produces one document at the output view or the error view.

This Snap has one optional document output view.

ErrorThis Snap has at most one document error view and produces zero or more documents in the view.



Required. The name for the Snap. You can modify this to be more specific, especially if you have more than one of the same Snap in your pipeline.
Database name

The database that the collection is defined in. If not specified, then the MongoDB account database will be used.

Example:  assets

Default: [None]  

Collection name

Required. Select or enter a MongoDB collection name.

Example:  leads

Default: [None]  

Update query

Required. The update query represents the update query parameter. It is an expression that evaluates to an object or JSON string. When the expression evaluates to an object, only strict mode is supported. When the expression evaluates to a JSON string, both strict mode and mongo shell mode are supported. More information about MongoDB Extended JSON can be found here.

Example(with '=' button pressed/expression enabled) 

$id represents an integer in this example.

{"id": {$lte: $id}}


'{"id": {$lte:' + $id + '}}'

Default value: [None]

Update operation

Specifies the operation to be performed on the update query.

Example: $min

Default value: $set

Exclude list

Specifies the list of input fields that must be removed from the dataset before sending the dataset to MongoDB.

Example: $ranking

Default value: _id


When selected, inserts a document from the input view if no document in the collection matches the update query criteria. 

Default value: Not Selected

Update all that match

When selected, updates all documents in the collection that match the update query criteria, otherwise updates only one. 

Default value:  Selected

Pass through

If selected, the input document will be passed through to the output views under the key 'original'. The document will be passed to the Parameter output view, and it will also be passed to the Result Set output view if there is output sent from this view.

Default value:  Selected

Snap Execution

Select one of the three modes in which the Snap executes. Available options are:

  • Validate & Execute: Performs limited execution of the Snap, and generates a data preview during Pipeline validation. Subsequently, performs full execution of the Snap (unlimited records) during Pipeline runtime.
  • Execute only: Performs full execution of the Snap during Pipeline execution without generating preview data.
  • Disabled: Disables the Snap and all Snaps that are downstream from it.

The upstream schema suggest is only supported if the defined collection provides data. MongoDB does not provide a metadata API to describe the collection, so the SnapLogic platform looks at the data and derives the schema from it


Example #1

In this example, we shall update the collection from an upstream Snap to the MongoDB table using the MongoDB Update Snap.


Using the JSON Generator Snap, we are passing the values to be updated to the MongoDB collections. 

In the MongoDB Snap settings, we specify the collection name, Sample data, to be updated with the values just passed from the upstream JSON Generator Snap. The update query condition 

"{field002:'"+$field002+"'}" is passed (with the expression enabled) to update the documents in the collection.

The successful execution of the pipeline displays the below output preview:

Example #2

This example pipeline performs the following tests:

  • deletes all documents in a collection

  • inserts three documents into the empty collection

  • updates two documents in the same collection

The pipeline is attached in the Downloads section below.


Important steps to successfully reuse Pipelines

  1. Download and import the Pipeline into SnapLogic.
  2. Configure Snap accounts as applicable.
  3. Provide Pipeline parameters as applicable.

  File Modified

File test mongodb insert find delete_2016_11_10.slp

Aug 10, 2018 by Rakesh Chaudhary

Snap Pack History

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Release Snap Pack VersionDateType  Updates
August 2022main17386 StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.29Patches429patches15807 Latest

Updated the expected output for the MongoDB - Update Snap that is changed due to the upgrade of Spring Core framework version.





Upgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.

4.28main14627 StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.





Upgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.26main11181 StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.

Fixes an issue in the MongoDB accounts to connect to Atlas Free Tier and Shared Cluster database using the Use cursor timeout check box in the MongoDB cursor properties. If selected, this option enables the server to close a cursor automatically after a period of inactivity. For the existing accounts that does not have this field, the value for this check box returns false, which is backward compatible.

StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.

4.21 Patch

421patches6272 Latest

Fixes the issue where Snowflake SCD2 Snap generates two output documents despite no changes to Cause-historization fields with DATE, TIME and TIMESTAMP Snowflake data types, and with Ignore unchanged rows field selected.

4.21 Patch

421patches6144 Latest

Fixes the following issues with DB Snaps:

  • The connection thread waits indefinitely causing the subsequent connection requests to become unresponsive.
  • Connection leaks occur during Pipeline execution.
4.21 PatchMULTIPLE8841 Latest

Fixes the connection issue in Database Snaps by detecting and closing open connections after the Snap execution ends. 



StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
  • Added the following fields to the Mongo DB Find Snap: Projection Condition, Sort ConditionOffset, Limit, and Group result.
  • Added a new Snap, MongoDB Group, which enables you to group input documents by a specified expression, and output to the next stage, one document for each distinct grouping.
  • Added a new field to the Mongo DB Update Snap, Update operation and Exclude list, which enable you to update operations and exclude a list of JSON properties before sending the updated documents to MongoDB.

Pushed automatic rebuild of the latest version of each Snap Pack to SnapLogic UAT and Elastic servers.

4.17 Patch db/mongo7331 Latest
  • Fixed an issue with the MongoDB - Update Snap wherein the Snap converts all non-updated integer and float data types to string data type.
  • Fixed a Null Pointer Exception for old MongoDB accounts that did not have driver jars.

Added the Snap Execution field to all Standard-mode Snaps. In some Snaps, this field replaces the existing Execute during preview check box.

StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.15 Patch db/mongo6783 Latest

Fixed connection timeout issue with MongoDB.

4.15 Patch db/mongo6465 Latest

Fixed an issue wherein REST calls to Ultra tasks returned an error message.

StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.14 Patch db/mongo5666 Latest

Fixed the Update, Delete, and Find Snaps to populate input view schema for a given table, similar to the Insert Snap.

StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.13 Patchmongo5537 Latest

Fixed the Update, Delete, and Find Snaps to populate input view schema for a given table, similar to the Insert Snap.



StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.



Added the SSl certification properties to all the MongoDB Accounts to ensure the validation of the certificate.

StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.10 Patchmongo3978 Latest

Resolved an issue where the NumberFormatException was not handled properly for some of the valid Number Types like "NaN"/ "+Infinity"/ "-Infinity".



StableUpgraded with the latest SnapLogic Platform release.
4.9.0 Patchmongodb3259 Latest
  • Addressed an issue in MongoDB Update where Upsert Date failed with "Can't find a codec for class org.joda.time".
  • MongoDB Insert Snap - Collectio name expression evaluate fixed.
  • Query Condition property is now an expression that evaluates to an object or JSON string.
  • Updated the Snap with Database name property to support the users defined in an authentication database.
4.8.0 Patchmongodb2735 Latest

Added SSL encryption type to all MongoDB accounts and Replica set Accounts and removed the MongoDB SSL account.



  • The MongoDB Delete Snap and MongoDB Update Snap were introduced in this release.
  • Enhanced the MongoDB Snap account with SSL Account type.
  • Updated the Batch Size property in MongoDB Find with the default value of 0.
  • Enhanced the MongoDB Find Snap documentation with an example.
  • Info tab added to accounts.
  • Database accounts now invalidate connection pools if account properties are modified and login attempts fail.
4.7 Patchmongo2375 Latest
  • Update the MongoDB java driver to 3.0.4; Add exception handling to each record processing.
  • MongoDB SSL Account removed and replaced with the new configuration for all the Accounts (Encryption type Property).
4.7 Patchmongo2338 Latest

Add an account for MongoDB SSL connection without certificates validation

4.7 Patchmongo2200 Latest

Fixed an issue for database Select Snaps regarding Limit rows not supporting an empty string from a pipeline parameter.




Updated the Snap account with the LDAP Authentication type.


Resolved an issue in MongoDB Insert Snap that processed and inserted all numeric fields as strings.



  • Resolved and issue with MongoDB Insert with an empty input view failed.
  • Resolved an issue with MongoDB Insert that changed a numeric type field in MongoDB as String.
  • Resolved an issue that caused Snap execution failures when accessing MongoDB using a Replica Set account.

Resolved an issue with MongoDB Find returning nothing when nothing was found.


  • Resolved an issue with an incorrect resolution displaying during account validation if the username was blank.
  • Resolved an issue in the MongoDB Find Snap with nested arrays.
  • Resolved an issue in MongoDB Find with data not being usable be other Snaps.

  • Username and Password are no longer required fields when creating a MongoDB account since it is possible to configure an instance where that information is not required.
  • MongoDB account now supports Mongo Java Driver 3.0.2.
  • MongoDB Find
    • Resolved an issue with MongoDB Find not properly supporting the expression language.
    • Resolved an issue with MongoDB Find returning "Current context not an ARRAY but OBJECT" for a deep nested ObjectId object.
    • Resolved an issue with MongoDB Find when data had built in datatype.
    • Resolved a null pointer exception in MongoDB Find.
    • Resolved an issue with MongoDB Find not routing failed documents to the error view.
  • Resolved an issue with MongoDB error handling when maximum number of documents reached.
  • Improved the error message presented when MongoDB database could not reach the JCC.

  • MongoDB - Find: Resolved Error- Failure: java.util.HashMap cannot be cast to java.lang.String when in query condition passes without single quotes.
  • MongoDB - Find: Resolved failure with Query Using Operators.
  • Resolved MongoDB driver and account do not support current version of MongoDB.
  • Resolved a failure MongoDB Insert with custom _id.