About this guide

This guide covers:

  • Deleting documents with Monger
  • Deleting a single document vs multiple documents

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What version of Monger does this guide cover?

This guide covers Monger 2.0 (including preview releases).

How to Remove Documents with Monger

Documents are removed using monger.collection/remove function that takes a collection name and conditions:

(ns my.service.server
  (:require [monger.core :as mg]
            [monger.collection :as mc])
  (:import [org.bson.types.ObjectId]))


(let [conn (mg/connect)
      db   (mg/get-db conn "monger-test")
      coll "documents"]
  ;; insert a few documents
  (mc/insert db coll { :language "English" :pages 38 })
  (mc/insert db coll { :language "Spanish" :pages 78 })
  (mc/insert db coll { :language "Unknown" :pages 87 })

  ;; remove multiple documents
  (mc/remove db coll { :language "English" })

  ;; remove ALL documents in the collection
  (mc/remove db coll))

Removing a Single Document By Id

monger.collection/remove-by-id is useful when document id is known:

(ns my.service.server
  (:require [monger.core :as mg]
            [monger.collection :as mc])
  (:import org.bson.types.ObjectId))

(let [conn (mg/connect)
      db   (mg/get-db conn "monger-test")
      coll "documents"]
  ;; remove document by id
  (let [oid (ObjectId.)]
    (mc/insert db coll { :language "English" :pages 38 :_id oid })
    (mc/remove-by-id db coll oid)))

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