How to install MongoDB on Windows with PHP & XAMPP

Learn how to install MongoDB on Windows OS and configure with PHP on XAMPP.

There are a couple of tutorials out there already, but neither of them helped me set everything up 100%. Some of them are missing key explanations, some of them are a bit old. My tutorial presumes you know your way around XAMPP on Windows and you have it installed already.

Here’s how to install MongoDB on your local Windows machine with XAMPP in 5 easy steps:

Step 1. Download mongo driver

To download mongo driver for Windows visit

Download the latest stable release by clicking on the DLL link. I used the latest stable release at the time, 2017-05-04, version 1.2.9.

Download pecl package

On the next page there is a DLL list. It is vital to pick the right version. You need to pick depending on three things:

  • the PHP version that is installed with your XAMPP
  • Architecture x86 or x64
  • Whether Thread Safety is enabled or disabled

Here’s where to find out that information:

  1. Start XAMPP
  2. Navigate to the XAMPP dashboard via Internet browser (tipically at http://localhost)
  3. Click the PHPinfo in the top menu PHP info screen
  4. There, in the new tab you will see the table with the necessary information. At the top, you will see PHP version, in my case it was 7.0.13

Below that, in the table, you will see list of other information. You need to find the value for the Architecture (x86 or x64) and Thread Safety (enabled or disabled).

Finally, you can choose a proper DLL to download.
In my case, I had:

  • PHP version 7.0.13
  • Architecture x86
  • Thread Safety enabled

When Thread Safety is enabled, you need to download Thread Safe (TS) version. So I downloaded file: 7.0 Thread Safe (TS) x86

.dll list

Step 2. Unzip downloaded mongo driver version and copy .dll file to XAMPP

After successful download, unzip and find the .dll file. Copy it to ext directory of your XAMPP installation. If you installed XAMPP to C drive, full path to the ext folder would be C:\xampp\php\ext

Step 3. Register mongo .dll file within php.ini

Add following line into php.ini file:


If your .dll file name is different, it’s ok, just make sure you call it like that within php.ini file. For example, if you added a file with a name of php_mongo.dll in the ext folder, you need to put that in the php.ini file.

Step 4. Restart XAMPP and refresh phpinfo.php page

When you restart XAMPP and refresh the phpinfo page, something like this should appear when you CTRL+F and type mongo:

Mongo phpinfo

If you don’t see that on your phpinfo page, you did something wrong so try to go back through previous steps.

Step 5. Install MongoDB on Windows

a) Download latest MongoDB server version.
b) Choose custom setup type and install in the C:\mongodb folder.
c) Then create db folder within data folder on the C drive – C:\data\db
d) Start MongoDB by executing the following command in the CMD: C:\mongodb\bin\mongod.exe

That is it, you successfully installed MongoDB on Windows and configured it in XAMPP!
Just in case you need extra help with step 5, here is the entire process explained with images.

Step 6. Download and install RoboMongo

As an extra step I would recommend installing MongoDB management tool, such as RoboMongo, (it’s called Robo 3T now)  to easily manage MongoDB on your machine. Just create connection and you are set to go.

Conclusion and additional resources

Hope you found this tutorial useful in the process of installing and configuring MongoDB on your Windows machine with XAMPP.

For the next step, I recommend checking out the following MongoDB online courses on Pluralsight:

Introduction to MongoDB

MongoDB Administration

These fantastic courses by Nuri Halperin helped me to learn a lot more about MongoDB.

15 thoughts on “How to install MongoDB on Windows with PHP & XAMPP”

    • Hi, thanks for the feedback, I will test it again as soon as I can, but if you have further info what exactly doesn’t work, please share. Thanks!

  1. Hi, I am facing from some issue when i placed the extension=php_mongodb.dll in php.ini file. when i start apache after these editing my apache gives following error:
    Status change detected: stopped
    17:24:18 [Apache] Error: Apache shutdown unexpectedly.
    17:24:18 [Apache] This may be due to a blocked port, missing dependencies,
    17:24:18 [Apache] improper privileges, a crash, or a shutdown by another method.
    17:24:18 [Apache] Press the Logs button to view error logs and check
    17:24:18 [Apache] the Windows Event Viewer for more clues
    17:24:18 [Apache] If you need more help, copy and post this
    17:24:18 [Apache] entire log window on the forums
    Can i know what is the solution for these issue. I can’t see list of extensions in php.ini.

  2. i have done all process as given in this documentation but still (Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Class ‘MongoDB\Driver\Manager’ not found ) error is commint

    • Hi, did you check phpinfo and can you confirm that class is being loaded? If that is true, could be that you need to call the MongoDB\Driver\Manager class in the global scope, like this: \MongoDB\Driver\Manager

  3. Very good information… thanks for sharing.
    I have check many website but not fount any solution
    Thanku sir..


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