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Initialize MongoDB using Script

This tutorial will show you how to use KubeDB to initialize a MongoDB database with .js and/or .sh script.

Before You Begin

At first, you need to have a Kubernetes cluster, and the kubectl command-line tool must be configured to communicate with your cluster. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by using Minikube.

Now, install KubeDB cli on your workstation and KubeDB operator in your cluster following the steps here.

To keep things isolated, this tutorial uses a separate namespace called demo throughout this tutorial. Run the following command to prepare your cluster for this tutorial:

$ kubectl create ns demo
namespace "demo" created

$ kubectl get ns
NAME          STATUS    AGE
default       Active    45m
demo          Active    10s
kube-public   Active    45m
kube-system   Active    45m

In this tutorial we will use .js script stored in GitHub repository kubedb/mongodb-init-scripts.

Note that the yaml files that are used in this tutorial, stored in docs/examples folder in GitHub repository kubedb/cli.

Create a MongoDB database with Init-Script

Below is the MongoDB object created in this tutorial.

kind: MongoDB
  name: mgo-init-script
  namespace: demo
  version: "3.4"
  doNotPause: true
    storageClassName: "standard"
    - ReadWriteOnce
        storage: 50Mi
        repository: ""
        directory: .

$ kubedb create -f
mongodb "mgo-init-script" created


  • spec.version is the version of MongoDB database. In this tutorial, a MongoDB 3.4 database is going to be created.
  • specifies the StorageClass of PVC dynamically allocated to store data for this database. This storage spec will be passed to the StatefulSet created by KubeDB operator to run database pods. You can specify any StorageClass available in your cluster with appropriate resource requests. Since release 0.8.0, a storage spec is required for MongoDB.
  • spec.init.scriptSource specifies a script source used to initialize the database before database server starts. The scripts will be executed alphabatically. In this tutorial, a sample .js script from the git repository is used to create a test database. You can use other volume sources instead of gitrepo. The *.js and/or *.sh sripts that are stored inside the root folder will be executed alphabatically. The scripts inside child folders will be skipped.

KubeDB operator watches for MongoDB objects using Kubernetes api. When a MongoDB object is created, KubeDB operator will create a new StatefulSet and a ClusterIP Service with the matching MongoDB object name. KubeDB operator will also create a governing service for StatefulSets with the name kubedb, if one is not already present. No MongoDB specific RBAC roles are required for RBAC enabled clusters.

$ kubedb describe mg -n demo mgo-init-script
Name:		mgo-init-script
Namespace:	demo
StartTimestamp:	Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:56:07 +0600
Status:		Running
  StorageClass:	standard
  Capacity:	50Mi
  Access Modes:	RWO

  Name:			mgo-init-script
  Replicas:		1 current / 1 desired
  CreationTimestamp:	Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:56:12 +0600
  Pods Status:		1 Running / 0 Waiting / 0 Succeeded / 0 Failed

  Name:		mgo-init-script
  Type:		ClusterIP
  Port:		db	27017/TCP

Database Secret:
  Name:	mgo-init-script-auth
  Type:	Opaque
  password:	16 bytes
  user:		4 bytes

No Snapshots.

  FirstSeen   LastSeen   Count     From               Type       Reason       Message
  ---------   --------   -----     ----               --------   ------       -------
  6s          6s         1         MongoDB operator   Normal     Successful   Successfully patched StatefulSet
  6s          6s         1         MongoDB operator   Normal     Successful   Successfully patched MongoDB
  9s          9s         1         MongoDB operator   Normal     Successful   Successfully created StatefulSet
  9s          9s         1         MongoDB operator   Normal     Successful   Successfully created MongoDB
  18s         18s        1         MongoDB operator   Normal     Successful   Successfully created Service

$ kubectl get statefulset -n demo
mgo-init-script   1         1         46s

$ kubectl get pvc -n demo
NAME                     STATUS    VOLUME                                     CAPACITY   ACCESS MODES   STORAGECLASS   AGE
data-mgo-init-script-0   Bound     pvc-ac84fbb9-0af1-11e8-a107-080027869227   50Mi       RWO            standard       1m

$ kubectl get pv -n demo
NAME                                       CAPACITY   ACCESS MODES   RECLAIM POLICY   STATUS    CLAIM                         STORAGECLASS   REASON    AGE
pvc-ac84fbb9-0af1-11e8-a107-080027869227   50Mi       RWO            Delete           Bound     demo/data-mgo-init-script-0   standard

$ kubectl get service -n demo
NAME              TYPE        CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)     AGE
kubedb            ClusterIP   None             <none>        <none>      2m
mgo-init-script   ClusterIP   <none>        27017/TCP   2m

KubeDB operator sets the status.phase to Running once the database is successfully created. Run the following command to see the modified MongoDB object:

$ kubedb get mg -n demo mgo-init-script -o yaml
kind: MongoDB
  clusterName: ""
  creationTimestamp: 2018-02-06T03:56:07Z
  generation: 0
  name: mgo-init-script
  namespace: demo
  resourceVersion: "4827"
  selfLink: /apis/
  uid: a9348cad-0af1-11e8-a107-080027869227
    secretName: mgo-init-script-auth
  doNotPause: true
        directory: .
    - ReadWriteOnce
        storage: 50Mi
    storageClassName: standard
  version: "3.4"
  creationTime: 2018-02-06T03:56:12Z
  phase: Running

Please note that KubeDB operator has created a new Secret called mgo-init-script-auth (format: {mongodb-object-name}-auth) for storing the password for MongoDB superuser. This secret contains a user key which contains the username for MongoDB superuser and a password key which contains the password for MongoDB superuser. If you want to use an existing secret please specify that when creating the MongoDB object using spec.databaseSecret.secretName. While creating this secret manually, make sure the secret contains these two keys containing data user and password.

$ kubectl get secrets -n demo mgo-init-script-auth -o json
apiVersion: v1
  password: STJ1YnNiU3BUNzFOZUhXSA==
  user: cm9vdA==
kind: Secret
  creationTimestamp: 2018-02-06T03:56:12Z
  labels: MongoDB mgo-init-script
  name: mgo-init-script-auth
  namespace: demo
  resourceVersion: "4789"
  selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/demo/secrets/mgo-init-script-auth
  uid: ac33c72d-0af1-11e8-a107-080027869227
type: Opaque

Now, you can connect to this database through mongo-shell. In this tutorial, we are connecting to the MongoDB server from inside the pod.

$ kubectl get secrets -n demo mgo-init-script-auth -o jsonpath='{.data.\user}' | base64 -d

$ kubectl get secrets -n demo mgo-init-script-auth -o jsonpath='{.data.\password}' | base64 -d

$ kubectl exec -it mgo-init-script-0 -n demo sh

> mongo admin
MongoDB shell version v3.4.10
connecting to: mongodb://
MongoDB server version: 3.4.10
Welcome to the MongoDB shell.
For interactive help, type "help".
For more comprehensive documentation, see
Questions? Try the support group

> db.auth("root","I2ubsbSpT71NeHWH")

> show dbs
admin  0.000GB
local  0.000GB
mydb   0.000GB

> use mydb
switched to db mydb

{ "_id" : ObjectId("5a72b2b1e1a0770e3bdb56f1"), "name" : "batman" }

> exit

As you can see here, the initial script has successfully created a database named mydb and inserted data into that database successfully.

Cleaning up

To cleanup the Kubernetes resources created by this tutorial, run:

$ kubectl patch -n demo mg/mgo-init-script -p '{"spec":{"doNotPause":false}}' --type="merge"
$ kubectl delete -n demo mg/mgo-init-script

$ kubectl patch -n demo drmn/mgo-init-script -p '{"spec":{"wipeOut":true}}' --type="merge"
$ kubectl delete -n demo drmn/mgo-init-script

$ kubectl delete ns demo
namespace "demo" deleted

Next Steps

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