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How to avoid displaying password with Mongo shell logon

16 March,2021 by Rambler

Question: I'd like to document a procedure to logon with Mongo shell but to not display the password . The situation is I'm running a the mongo Shell and then storing the command in a text file . Clearly this causes a security threat problem. Is there an option to avoid this situation


mongo --port 27017 -u "myUser" -p "myPw" --authenticationDatabase "admin"


Answer: This is an interesting problem - it's not uncommon to end up with connection strings with hard coded passwords across the network , desktops , internal sharepoint sites and anywhere you can store a connection string.

There are a few different options to hide the password. A straightforward method is to force a password prompt. You trigger the password prompt by using the -p switch but not adding the password

 Store the mongo shell command using -p but with no password stored. This will force a prompt for the password

mongo --port 27017 -u "myUser" -p  --authenticationDatabase "admin"



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