How to Resize MongoDB Database Clusters

MongoDB is a source-available cross-platform document-oriented database program for high-volume storage. Classified as a NoSQL database program, MongoDB uses JSON-like documents with optional schemas.


You can resize existing MongoDB database clusters at any time to add more CPUs, RAM, and storage. To avoid data loss, you cannot decrease the size of database clusters.

To resize a MongoDB database cluster, click the name of the cluster in the control panel to go to its Overview page, then click the Settings tab.

In the Cluster configuration section, click the Edit button. Select the MACHINE TYPE, NODE PLAN, and the number of STANDBY NODES (optional) for your configuration.

Cluster configuration section with additional nodes selected

Once you have selected your new configuration, click Save to provision the new configuration. The provisioning takes several minutes but the total time depends on the size of the cluster.

Your cluster’s state changes from Active to Resizing until the process is done. You can expect no downtime and do not need to take action.