Deploy MongoDB on OpenShift using Helm

Karan Singh
2 min readMar 15, 2022


This is yet another blog post on deploying Blahblahblah on OpenShift and this time its MongoDB. In this post you will learn deployment of MongoDB on OpenShift using Helm Chart.

Lets’ get started

  • Install helm CLI on your local machine (see docs)
  • Login to OpenShift CLI
  • Create a new Project on OpenShift
oc new-project ksingh
  • Add helm repository
helm repo add bitnami
  • Set root user password and replica-set-key as environment variables
  • Using helm install MongoDB on OpenShift. Make sure to set the required SecurityContext , so that helm can deploy MongoDB on OpenShift
helm install mongodb bitnami/mongodb --set podSecurityContext.fsGroup="",containerSecurityContext.runAsUser="1001080001",podSecurityContext.enabled=false,architecture=replicaset,auth.replicaSetKey=$MONGODB_REPLICA_SET_KEY,auth.rootPassword=$MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD
  • Wait for the deployment to be ready, you can run oc get po
  • Get the root password (optional)
export MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD=$(kubectl get secret --namespace ksingh mongodb -o jsonpath="{.data.mongodb-root-password}" | base64 --decode)
  • Create a MongoDB Client container and verify that connectivity and DB access
kubectl run --namespace ksingh mongodb-client --rm --tty -i --restart='Never' --env="MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD=$MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD" --image --command -- bash
  • From the client container shell, connect to the MongoDB cluster
## Option-1 Using host addres
mongo admin --host "mongodb-0.mongodb-headless.ksingh.svc.cluster.local:27017,mongodb-1.mongodb-headless.ksingh.svc.cluster.local:27017" --authenticationDatabase admin -u root -p $MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD
## Option-2 Using MongoDB URI
mongo "mongodb://mongodb-0.mongodb-headless.ksingh.svc.cluster.local:27017,mongodb-1.mongodb-headless.ksingh.svc.cluster.local:27017" --authenticationDatabase admin -u root -p $MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD
  • List the databases show dbs
  • Create a database mydb and create a document in collection post
use mydb[
title: "MongoDB to Kafka testing",
description: "Debezium connector",
by: "Karan",
url: "",
tags: ["mongodb", "debezium", "ROSAK"],
likes: 100
  • Verify the document is created
show dbs

Exit the mongodb client container

  • If you want to connect to MongoDB cluster from localhost, then forward to port
kubectl port-forward service/mongodb-external-0 27017 &
  • Connect using MongoDB CLI from localhost
mongo --host --authenticationDatabase admin -u root -p $MONGODB_ROOT_PASSWORD
  • (optionally) Connect using MongoDB Compass or MongoDB Shell
# MongoDB Compass > New Connection



Karan Singh

Co-Founder & CTO @ Scogo ♦ I Love to solve problems using Tech