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How to Connect to ScaleGrid

In this post, we’ll walk you through how to connect to ScaleGrid using Studio 3T. We’ll also highlight useful features that might come in handy when working with your MongoDB cluster.

ScaleGrid is a Database-as-a-Service provider offering fully-managed MySQL, Redis, PostgresSQL, and MongoDB hosting.

Check out our overview page for other connection options.


  1. Sign up for a free 30-day ScaleGrid trial.
  2. Download the latest Studio 3T version on your machine.

Copy the connection string from ScaleGrid

  1. In the ScaleGrid console, locate your MongoDB cluster on the left-hand pane.
  2. Click on the Overview tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Connection String section and click on the Copy button.Find your MongoDB connection string in the ScaleGrid console

Paste it in Studio 3T

Don’t have Studio 3T yet? Download the MongoDB GUI here.

  1. Open Studio 3T and click on Connect in the toolbar, or the Connect button under Recent Connections. This will take you to the Connection Manager.Find two ways to connect to your MongoDB database from the Studio 3T Welcome Tab 
  2. Click on New Connection in the top-left corner. This will open a new connection window.
  3. Click on From URI.
  4. Paste the connection string you copied from ScaleGrid, making sure that you replace the placeholder <password> with your actual password.Paste the ScaleGrid connection string, making sure you replace the placeholder text 
  5. Click OK.
  6. Go through the Server, Authentication, SSL, and SSH Tunnel tabs and make sure everything is correct.

    For more information on the various tabs, view the Connection Manager documentation.

  7. Click Save.
  8. Click Connect.

Import data to your MongoDB cluster

Now that you’re connected to your cluster, you can also easily import CSV,  JSON, BSON or SQL to MongoDB through Studio 3T’s Import Wizard:

Prefer to read? Go to the Import Wizard documentation.

Query MongoDB your way

Whether you’re a MongoDB newcomer or pro, Studio 3T has the right querying feature for you.

Drag-and-drop query building

If you don’t know the MongoDB query language, be productive with Visual Query Builder. Just drag and drop fields you want to query into the builder, press Run, and done – no mongo shell syntax required.

View the full Visual Query Builder documentation.


If you’re coming from SQL, don’t let your skills go to waste – use them to query MongoDB from day one with the SQL Query feature:

Read more about SQL Query.

mongo shell

Already a mongo shell pro? Save more time with IntelliShell, the built-in mongo shell that autocompletes JavaScript standard library functions, mongo shell-specific types and methods, shell helper commands, collection names, and field names.

Go to the IntelliShell documentation.

MongoDB aggregation

Build more accurate MongoDB aggregation queries with Aggregation Editor, which lets you apply operators and check inputs and outputs stage by stage.

Learn more about the Aggregation Editor.

Thanks for making it to the end of our guide! Keep the momentum going and visit our MongoDB Tutorials section, ideal for both beginners and pros.

Updated on October 6, 2020

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