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Node.js, MongoDB & Express: Simple Add, Edit, Delete, View (CRUD)

This article shows how you can create a simple CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) application in Node.js using MongoDB as database. We will also be using Express Framework to build this Node.js web application.

Previously, I had written an article on Creating basic CRUD application using Node.js, Express & MySQL database. This article contains creating same kind of application but we will be using MongoDB as database instead of MySQL.

We will be using EJS as templating engine.

We will be using HTTP Methods like GET, PUT, POST, DELETE to make our application RESTful. We will be posting and retrieving data to and from MongoDB database in JSON format.

Here’s the step-by-step procedure to create the CRUD application:

1) Open terminal/command-prompt and go to your Node.js project directory. Mine is /var/www/html/test/nodejs/crud-mongodb

2) Run npm init command in terminal that will create package.json file for your project.

3) Install Express Framework module with the following command:

4) Install express-validator module that will be used for form validation

5) Install body-parser module

body-parser module is used to read HTTP POST data. It’s an express middleware that reads form’s input and store it as javascript object.

6) Install method-override module

This module let us use HTTP verbs such as PUT or DELETE in places where they are not supported. This module provides different ways of overriding like overriding using header, overriding using query value, or through custom logic. In this CRUD application, we will be using the custom logic of overriding.

7) Install express-flash module

Flash messages are shown for some time and cleared after being displayed to the user. They are mainly used when we have to redirect to next page and show certain message like success message or error message. Flash messages are store in session.

8) Install cookie-parser & express-session modules

Flash messages are stored in session. So, we also have to install and use cookie-parser & session modules.

9) Install EJS templating engine

10) Install MongoDB module with the following command:

11) Install express-mongo-db module

It’s an express middleware to provide consistent API for MongoDB connection. Using this module, the connection can be accessed anywhere in router.

12) We will now create a new MongoDB database. Let us name the database as ‘test‘.

Go to Mongo Shell:

Create database test

Create unique index for email field

Create collection users. Collection in MongoDB is equivalent to “tables” in MySQL or other RDBMS.

Query the collection

13) Create a config.js file in your project root folder. This file basically contains your database credentials.


14) Create app.js in your project root folder. In this file, we load all the modules that we installed in above steps.


15) As you can see above app.js code, we have loaded two local files/modules: routes/index.js and routes/users.js. These two files contains code to show content of index and users page.


16) routes/users.js is responsible for handling CRUD operations like adding, editing, deleting and viewing users from database. Database queries, form validation and template rendering is done here.


17) In routes/index.js file, we have only rendered views/index.ejs template with a title text.


18) You can see that in views/index.js, we have only included two layouts files. Here are they:



19) In routes/users.js file, there are different functions to add, edit, delete and view data. The first one is to show the list of users. This uses views/user/list.ejs template file to show the list of users.


20) Add New User Form


21) Edit User Form


As you see in app.js code, our server runs on port 3000. Hence, to use the application, we have to run the following URL on browser: = Shows index page which just contains a simple text title = Shows list of users = Shows form to add new user = Shows form to edit user. ID is the ObjectId of the MongoDB database.

Here’s the GitHub Repository containing all source code of this CRUD application: https://github.com/chapagain/nodejs-mongodb-crud

Hope this helps. Thanks.


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