How to stream MongoDB Query Results with nodejs?


I have been searching for an example of how I can stream the result of a MongoDB query to a nodejs client. All solutions I have found so far seem to read the query result at once and then send the result back to the server.

Instead, I would (obviously) like to supply a callback to the query method and have MongoDB call that when the next chunk of the result set is available.

I have been looking at mongoose - should I probably use a different driver?


9/10/2011 3:13:18 PM

Accepted Answer

Streaming in Mongoose became available in version 2.4.0 which appeared three months after you've posted this question:


More elaborated examples can be found on their documentation page.

8/15/2012 8:04:31 PM

node-mongodb-driver (the underlying layer that every mongoDB client uses in nodejs) except the cursor API that others mentioned has a nice stream API (#458). Unfortunately i did not find it documented elsewhere.

Update: there are docs also here.

It can be used like this:

var stream = collection.find().stream()
stream.on('error', function (err) {
stream.on('data', function (doc) {

It actually implements the ReadableStream interface, so it has all the goodies (pause/resume etc)

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