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Mongoose | estimatedDocumentCount() Function

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  • Last Updated : 20 May, 2020
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The estimatedDocumentCount() function is quick as it estimates the number of documents in the MongoDB collection. It is used for large collections because this function uses collection metadata rather than scanning the entire collection.

Installation of mongoose module:

  1. You can visit the link to Install mongoose module. You can install this package by using this command.
    npm install mongoose
  2. After installing mongoose module, you can check your mongoose version in command prompt using the command.
    npm version mongoose
  3. After that, you can just create a folder and add a file, for example index.js. To run this file you need to run the following command.
    node index.js

Filename: index.js

const mongoose = require('mongoose');
// Database Connection
    useNewUrlParser: true,
    useCreateIndex: true,
    useUnifiedTopology: true
// User model
const User = mongoose.model('User', {
    name: { type: String },
    age: { type: Number }
User.estimatedDocumentCount(function (err, count) {
    if (err){
        console.log("Estimated Count :", count)

Steps to run the program:

  1. The project structure will look like this:
  2. Make sure you have installed mongoose module using following command:
    npm install mongoose
  3. Below is the sample data in the database before the function is executed, You can use any GUI tool or terminal to see the database, like we have used Robo3T GUI tool as shown below:
  4. Run index.js file using below command:
    node index.js

So this is how you can use the mongoose estimatedDocumentCount() function which estimates the number of documents in the MongoDB collection.

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