Delete a key from a MongoDB document using Mongoose


I'm using the Mongoose Library for accessing MongoDB with node.js

Is there a way to remove a key from a document? i.e. not just set the value to null, but remove it?

User.findOne({}, function(err, user){
  //correctly sets the key to null... but it's still present in the document
  user.key_to_delete = null;

  // doesn't seem to have any effect
  delete user.key_to_delete;;
5/1/2011 10:14:28 PM

Accepted Answer

In early versions, you would have needed to drop down the node-mongodb-native driver. Each model has a collection object that contains all the methods that node-mongodb-native offers. So you can do the action in question by this:

User.collection.update({_id: user._id}, {$unset: {field: 1 }});

Since version 2.0 you can do:

User.update({_id: user._id}, {$unset: {field: 1 }}, callback);

And since version 2.4, if you have an instance of a model already you can do:

doc.field = undefined;;
8/22/2012 1:51:08 AM

You'll want to do this:

User.findOne({}, function(err, user){
  user.key_to_delete = undefined;;

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