IntelliShell is the built-in mongo shell interface with smart autocompletion of collection names, shell methods, document key names, operators, and field names.
Open IntelliShell – Ctrl + L (⌘+ L)
Trigger autocompletion – Ctrl + Space (^ + Space)
Find – Ctrl + F (⌘+ F)
Replace – Ctrl + H (Shift + ⌘ + F)
Comment with line comment – Ctrl + / (⌘+ /)
Open script – Ctrl + O (⌘+ O)
Save script – Ctrl + S (⌘+ S)
Save script as – Shift + Ctrl + S (Shift + ⌘+ S)
Execute entire script – F5
Execute statement at cursor – F6
Execute selection – F9
IntelliShell requires the mongo shell executable, one of the mongo client tools bundled when downloading MongoDB.
Windows and Mac
No additional configuration is needed for Windows and Mac installations. The mongo shell executable is bundled with Studio 3T on these systems.
Linux requires the manual installation of the
mongo shell executable.
To install the mongo client tools, download the latest MongoDB version here.
Once the mongo client tools are installed:
- Go to Studio 3T > Preferences
- Click on the IntelliShell tab
- Insert the path of where the
mongoshell executable is located.
On Linux, this will be a binary file called
mongolocated in the ‘bin’ directory where the distribution was unpacked.
- Click OK
There are three ways to open IntelliShell:
Click on the IntelliShell button in the global toolbar
Right-click on a target collection and choose Open IntelliShell
Press Ctrl + L (⌘+ L)
IntelliShell has two main sections: the Editor where queries are written in a standard command line interface, and the Result Tab where results can be viewed and edited.
Write a query
Users with the knowledge of the MongoDB query language can write queries directly in the Editor area.
Autocomplete a query
IntelliShell detects and autosuggests collection names, shell methods, document key names, operators, and field names as they are typed:
Autocompletion should be automatic, but it can also be triggered manually:
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Open Autocompletion
Press Ctrl + Space (^ + Space)
Execute a query
Queries can be executed entirely, at cursor, or as selected.
To execute an entire script:
Click on the Run (play) button
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Execute Entire Script
To execute a script at cursor, place the cursor at the target query and:
Click on the second Run (play) button
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Execute Statement at Cursor
To execute a selection, highlight the part of the query to be executed and:
Click on the third Run (play) button
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Execute Selection
Check query results
Results can be viewed in the Result Tab in either raw shell mode or the standard three views (Table, Tree, and JSON).
Enable raw shell mode
Raw shell mode displays query results in the usual mongo shell format.
To enable raw shell mode, click on the shell icon in the toolbar:
View multiple tabs
The Result Tab can display either a single tab, meaning results from previous queries are replaced by new ones, or multiple tabs, which is similar to how a browser works.
To view multiple tabs, click on the Retain button in the toolbar. Unclick it to revert to a single tab view.
Clear all result tabs
To close all result tabs:
Click on the Clear button in the toolbar
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Clear Result Tabs
Insert and remove comments
It is also possible to comment and uncomment with a line comment.
Place the cursor on the line to be made into a comment and:
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Comment with Line Comment. Repeat to remove the comment.
Press Ctrl + / (⌘+ /). Repeat to remove the comment.
Open and save queries
Click on the Save icon. Alternatively, click on the arrow to find the Save As function.
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Save Script (As)
Save Script – Ctrl + S (⌘+ S)
Save Script As – Shift + Ctrl + S (Shift + ⌘+ S)
To open saved queries:
Click on the Open icon
Right-click anywhere in the Editor and choose Open Script
Press Ctrl + O (⌘+ O)