Which MongoDB Version Should You Chose?

MongoDB offers multiple implementation options, but which one works best for your organization? Here’s a quick comparison to help you make your decision.

MongoDB Community

MongoDB Community is the free base version of this powerful open-source database.

  • Best for powering modern applications and smaller workloads
  • Flexible schema
  • JSON-based query language
  • Real-time aggregation
  • Built-in replication and automatic failover
  • Native sharding
  • Ad hoc queries
  • Free

MongoDB Enterprise

MongoDB Enterprise has the highest licensing fees of these four versions and comes with many features appropriate for larger organizations and those with mission-critical workloads.

  • Best for enterprise-grade workloads and development projects
  • Security features include an encrypted storage engine and Kerberos access controls
  • LDAP support
  • Data visualizations direct from your databases
  • High availability and high throughput
  • In-memory storage engine
  • Auditing
  • $$$$

MongoDB Atlas

MongoDB Atlas is a cloud-based managed database service that offers powerful enterprise-grade features with a monthly subscription.

  • Best for scaling workloads, optimizing performance, and lowering total cost of ownership with a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offered directly by the MongoDB developers
  • Cloud-based managed database service
  • No need to manage the underlying infrastructure
  • Vertical and horizontal scaling
  • Robust security features on-par with MongoDB Enterprise
  • Fully managed backup and recovery include snapshots on-demand
  • Developer-friendly tools
  • $$

Percona MongoDB

Percona MongoDB is a third-party, drop-in replacement for MongoDB Community that adds several enterprise features for free.

  • Best for accessing certain MongoDB Enterprise features without expensive licensing requirements, and for those looking for a third-party option for MongoDB
  • Drop-in replacement for MongoDB Community
  • OpenLDAP and Active Directory support
  • Kubernetes operator
  • Performance optimization
  • Hot backups and refinable shard keys
  • Auditing
  • Sensitive data redaction
  • Free