Which SchemaType in Mongoose is Best for Timestamp?


I'm using Mongoose, MongoDB, and Node.

I would like to define a schema where one of its fields is a date\timestamp.

I would like to use this field in order to return all of the records that have been updated in the last 5 minutes.

Due to the fact that in Mongoose I can't use the Timestamp() method I understand that my only option is to use the following Javascript method:

time : { type: Number, default: (new Date()).getTime() } 

It's probably not the most efficient way for querying a humongous DB. I would really appreciate it if someone could share a more efficient way of implementing this.

Is there any way to implement this with Mongoose and be able to use a MongoDB timestamp?

8/28/2014 9:22:10 PM

Accepted Answer

Edit - 20 March 2016

Mongoose now support timestamps for collections.

Please consider the answer of @bobbyz below. Maybe this is what you are looking for.

Original answer

Mongoose supports a Date type (which is basically a timestamp):

time : { type : Date, default: Date.now }

With the above field definition, any time you save a document with an unset time field, Mongoose will fill in this field with the current time.

Source: http://mongoosejs.com/docs/guide.html

3/20/2016 9:35:34 PM

The current version of Mongoose (v4.x) has time stamping as a built-in option to a schema:

var mySchema = new mongoose.Schema( {name: String}, {timestamps: true} );

This option adds createdAt and updatedAt properties that are timestamped with a Date, and which does all the work for you. Any time you update the document, it updates the updatedAt property. Schema Timestamps Docs.

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