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Learn how to install Robo 3T on CentOS 8 with our step-by-step guide. Follow simple instructions to set up Robo 3T for MongoDB management on your Linux system. #centlinux #linux #nosql

What is Robo 3T / Robomongo?

Robo 3T, formerly known as Robomongo, is a free, open-source MongoDB GUI (Graphical User Interface) tool. It provides a visual interface to interact with MongoDB databases, making it easier for developers and administrators to manage MongoDB databases without needing to use the MongoDB shell.

Key features of Robo 3T include:

  1. Intuitive Interface: Robo 3T offers a user-friendly interface that allows users to view, edit, and query MongoDB databases visually.
  2. Querying: It supports writing and executing MongoDB queries using a built-in editor, providing syntax highlighting and auto-completion features.
  3. Data Visualization: Users can visualize MongoDB data in a structured manner, making it easier to understand database structures and relationships.
  4. Import and Export: Robo 3T allows importing and exporting data to and from MongoDB collections, supporting various formats.
  5. SSH and SSL/TLS Support: It supports SSH tunneling and SSL/TLS encryption for secure connections to MongoDB instances.
  6. Cross-Platform: Robo 3T is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, including CentOS 8, making it versatile for different development environments.

Overall, Robo 3T simplifies MongoDB database management tasks by providing a graphical interface that enhances productivity and ease of use for developers and administrators.

Other MongoDB GUIs

There are several MongoDB GUI alternatives to Robo 3T that cater to different preferences and requirements. Here are some popular alternatives:

MongoDB Compass

  • Developed by MongoDB Inc., MongoDB Compass is an official GUI for MongoDB.
  • Offers a visually appealing interface with features for exploring, querying, and visualizing MongoDB data.
  • Provides real-time server statistics and performance insights.
  • Available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Studio 3T

  • A comprehensive MongoDB GUI and IDE that integrates advanced features for database development and management.
  • Includes query builder, aggregation editor, import/export tools, and schema visualization.
  • Supports SQL querying of MongoDB and JavaScript execution.
  • Offers a free community edition and commercial licenses.
  • Compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.


  • Formerly known as MongoBooster, it is a powerful GUI and IDE for MongoDB.
  • Features include IntelliShell (a sophisticated shell for MongoDB), query builder, schema analyzer, and data visualization.
  • Supports multiple languages for queries, including JavaScript, Python, and SQL.
  • Available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  • Part of the Navicat series, which is a multi-database management tool.
  • Provides a GUI for MongoDB with features for data manipulation, schema design, query building, and automation.
  • Supports data synchronization and import/export across different databases.
  • Available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Mongo Management Studio

  • A lightweight MongoDB GUI that focuses on simplicity and ease of use.
  • Includes basic features such as query execution, data browsing, and server management.
  • Offers a free community edition and a paid commercial version with additional features.
  • Compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.


  • Although primarily a universal database tool, DBeaver supports MongoDB with a plugin.
  • Offers features for data visualization, querying, and management across multiple database types, including relational and NoSQL databases.
  • Supports SQL querying and includes advanced database management capabilities.
  • Available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

These alternatives provide varying levels of functionality, ranging from basic database browsing to advanced query building and performance monitoring. Choosing the right MongoDB GUI depends on specific needs such as feature requirements, platform compatibility, and personal preference for interface design and usability.

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Environment Specification

We are using a minimal CentOS 8 virtual machine with following specifications.

  • CPU – 3.4 Ghz (2 cores)
  • Memory – 2 GB
  • Storage – 20 GB
  • Operating System – CentOS 8.2
  • Hostname –
  • IP Address – /24

Update your Linux Server

Connect with as root user by using a ssh client.

Update already installed software packages in your Linux operating system.

# dnf update -y

Your Linux operating system is now up-to-date.

Install Robo 3T on CentOS 8

You can download Robo 3T from their official website.
Since, we are working from command-line, therefore, we are downloading the latest version of Robo 3T by using wget command.
However, you can also use a web browser such as Google Chrome to download the same.

# cd /tmp
# wget
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 41651709 (40M) [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: ârobo3t-1.4.0-linux-x86_64-12e54cc.tar.gzâ

robo3t-1.4.0-linux- 100%[===================>]  39.72M  1.14MB/s    in 35s

2020-09-05 20:02:43 (1.14 MB/s) - ârobo3t-1.4.0-linux-x86_64-12e54cc.tar.gzâ saved [41651709/41651709]

Create a directory for Robo 3T software.

# mkdir /opt/robo3t

Extract Robo 3T tarball in the /opt/robo3t directory by using tar command.

# tar xf robo3t-1.4.0-linux-x86_64-12e54cc.tar.gz -C /opt/robo3t --strip-component=1

Create symbolic links for robo3t executable, so it can be run from anywhere.

# ln -s /opt/robo3t/bin/robo3t /usr/local/bin/robo3t

Run Robo 3T for the First Time

Execute the robo3t command to start Robo 3T application. If you are running Robo 3T on a headless server then you have to configure x11 forwarding with PuTTY and XMing to get the GUI output on your client machine.

# robo3t
Robo 3t License Agreement
Robo 3t License Agreement

Since, you are running Robo 3T for the first time, therefore it will show the license agreement. Select ‘I agree’ and then click on Next.

Robo 3t User Information
Robo 3t User Information

Provide your contact information on this screen. Click on Finish.

Robo 3T - Add MongoDB Connections
Robo 3T – Add MongoDB Connections

You are now reached at the MongoDB setup connections. It is empty because there isn’t any connection added yet.

Click on Create to add a MongoDB connection.

Robo 3T - Connection settings
Robo 3T – Connection settings

Provide a MongoDB server address and port. If you do not have a MongoDB server than you can follow our previous post to install MongoDB on CentOS 8.

Click on Authentication tab.

Robo 3T Authentication
Robo 3T Authentication

If you have enabled Access Control on your MongoDB server than you have to configure settings here.

We have enabled the Access Control on our MongoDB server, therefore, we are setting the parameters on this screen accordingly.

Click on Test to check connectivity and authentication of the MongoDB connection.

Robo 3T - Test Settings
Robo 3T – Test Settings

It shows that your MongoDB connection is successful.

Click on Close.

Robo 3T - Connection Added
Robo 3T – Connection Added

You are again at the MongoDB connections screen. But this time, there is a new MongoDB connection, that you have created above.

Select the connection and click on Connect.

Robo 3T Dashboard
Robo 3T Dashboard

The Robo 3T is now connected to your MongoDB database and fetched the meta data.

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Final Thoughts

Installing Robo 3T on CentOS 8 is straightforward with our comprehensive guide, enabling efficient MongoDB management. Whether you’re a developer or system administrator, mastering Robo 3T enhances database operations on Linux Server.

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