Installing RockMongo on Debian 7.5

To be able to administer a MongoDB Server, a connection needs to be established to it. Several options are available, with the most frequently used being the command-line utilities in a shell. We can also make use of RockMongo, allowing us access to the database server through a web interface.

Downloading RockMongo

To download the latest release of RockMongo, we access it at

Installing RockMongo

Once downloaded, we can extract the archive and setup the virtual host to publish the extracted directory.

Configuring RockMongo

To configure RockMongo, we will host it on a secure virtual host on Apache.

Virtual Host settings

The virtual host will use the IP address, using the certificate in /etc/ssl/CA/certs/sitename.cert and the private key in /etc/ssl/CA/private/sitename.key.nopass. Authentication will also be required using a htpasswd file in /etc/apache2/security/htpasswd.sitename.

To create this htpasswd file, we execute the following command in a “root” shell.

htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/security/htpasswd.sitename admin

We will then be prompted to enter a password for the user admin, and using these credentials we will be able to access the RockMongo web interface.

Virtual Host Configuration

    RewriteEngine on
    ReWriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
    RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [NC,R,L]

    ServerName sitename
    ServerAdmin webmaster@domain

    SSLEngine On
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/CA/certs/sitename.cert
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/CA/private/sitename.key.nopass

    DocumentRoot /var/www/rockmongo
    <Directory /var/www/rockmongo>
        Options FollowSymLinks
        DirectoryIndex index.php
        <IfModule mod_php5.c>
            AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
            php_flag magic_quotes_gpc Off
            php_flag track_vars On
            php_flag register_globals Off
            php_admin_flag allow_url_fopen Off
            php_value include_path .
        <IfModule mod_authn_file.c>
            AuthType Basic
            AuthName "MongoDB Administration"
            AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/security/htpasswd.sitename
        Require valid-user

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/sitename/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/sitename/access.log combined

Enabling the Virtual Host

To enable the virtual host, we execute the following command in a “root” shell.

a2ensite sitename

To reload the configuration, we execute the following command in a “root” shell.

service apache2 reload

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