Here’s a very quick post on how to install node js on a pi. This is more for my memory than anything else.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install mongodb-server

You should be able to start the mongo db server by running:

sudo service mongodb start

You can write mongoDB commands in the mongo shell by opening it:


At the time of writing, this installed mongoDB version 2.4.10. This can prove problematic with some newer mongo requests. I had a problem with mongoose in one of my projects where I had to find a work around for it.

I tend to administer my mongoDB databases using robomongo as I find it easier to do it with a GUI on a remote machine.