How to use Mongoose with Deno

Mongoose is a popular, schema-based library that models data for MongoDB. It simplifies writing MongoDB validation, casting, and other relevant business logic.

This tutorial will show you how to setup Mongoose and MongoDB with your Deno project.

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Creating a Mongoose Model

Let's create a simple app that connects to MongoDB, creates a Dinosaur model, and adds and updates a dinosaur to the database.

First, we'll create the necessary files and directories:

$ touch main.ts && mkdir model && touch model/Dinosaur.ts

In /model/Dinosaur.ts, we'll import npm:mongoose, define the [schema], and export it:

import { model, Schema } from "npm:mongoose@^6.7";

// Define schema.
const dinosaurSchema = new Schema({
  name: { type: String, unique: true },
  description: String,
  createdAt: { type: Date, default: Date.now },
  updatedAt: { type: Date, default: Date.now },

// Validations
dinosaurSchema.path("name").required(true, "Dinosaur name cannot be blank.");
  "Dinosaur description cannot be blank.",

// Export model.
export default model("Dinosaur", dinosaurSchema);

Connecting to MongoDB

Now, in our main.ts file, we'll import mongoose and the Dinosaur schema, and connect to MongoDB:

import mongoose from "npm:mongoose@^6.7";
import Dinosaur from "./model/Dinosaur.ts";

await mongoose.connect("mongodb://localhost:27017");

// Check to see connection status.

Because Deno supports top-level await, we're able to simply await mongoose.connect().

Running this, we should expect a log of 1:

$ deno run --allow-read --allow-sys --allow-env --allow-net main.ts

It worked!

Manipulating Data

Let's add an instance method to our Dinosaur schema in /model/Dinosaur.ts:

// ./model/Dinosaur.ts

// Methods.
dinosaurSchema.methods = {
  // Update description.
  updateDescription: async function (description: string) {
    this.description = description;
    return await this.save();

// ...

This instance method, updateDescription, will allow you to update a record's description.

Back in main.ts, let's start adding and manipulating data in MongoDB.

// main.ts

// Create a new Dinosaur.
const deno = new Dinosaur({
  name: "Deno",
  description: "The fastest dinosaur ever lived.",

// // Insert deno.
await deno.save();

// Find Deno by name.
const denoFromMongoDb = await Dinosaur.findOne({ name: "Deno" });
  `Finding Deno in MongoDB -- \n  ${denoFromMongoDb.name}: ${denoFromMongoDb.description}`,

// Update description for Deno and save it.
await denoFromMongoDb.updateDescription(
  "The fastest and most secure dinosaur ever lived.",

// Check MongoDB to see Deno's updated description.
const newDenoFromMongoDb = await Dinosaur.findOne({ name: "Deno" });
  `Finding Deno (again) -- \n  ${newDenoFromMongoDb.name}: ${newDenoFromMongoDb.description}`,

Running the code, we get:

Finding Deno in MongoDB --
  Deno: The fastest dinosaur ever lived.
Finding Deno (again) --
  Deno: The fastest and most secure dinosaur ever lived.


For more info on using Mongoose, please refer to their documentation.