Yii 1.1: mongorecord

MongoDb Active Record

This extension is a basic active record for MongoDb. I've used it in my project at This http://rserve.me I have not fully tested it yet but so far it's work like I expected. I share it to you all so you can use it as reference or fix it if it has bugs.



  • Tested with Yii 1.1.2


  • Extract the release file under protected/components
  • Insert the code below in your config file inside components sections


See the following code example, this is an ActiveRecord example for Venue Collection:

 * Venue model used for interacting with venue collections in mongodb
 * @author yohan
class Venue extends MongoRecord
 * Default document to store inside a record
    protected $_document=array(
 * Return collection or table name 
    protected function  getCollectionName()
        return 'venue';
    public static function model($className=__CLASS__)
      return parent::model($className);
    public function rules()
        return array();
    public function attributeNames()
        return array();

This component was extended from CModel component, just like CActiveRecord component. And it's borrow many method from CActiveRecord. So basically you can use it just like you use CActiveRecord.

the $this->_document property is a default document that will store in MongoDb document. It just like table structure in conventional DB. Because it's like CActiveRecord, you can access and modify the your $_document record just like using class property. For example to insert new record;

$venue=new Venue;
$venue->save(FALSE); //disable validation

You can post your question on http://www.yiiframework.com/forum/index.php?/topic/11887-mongorecord-extensions/.

To find records, you can use this both method that similar with CActiveRecord methods

$query=array('_id=>new MongoId('4c8377a88ead0ec468000000'));

this method will return MongoRecord instance


This method will return an array that contains MongoRecord instance

The $query is the same query that used in MongoRecord criteria query in PHP MongoDb query function. You can read how to write the criteria query on



I haven't implement ensure index function because I still confuse where is the best way to ensure the index of document. I though if I do it every time we call find() and findAll() method it will decrease it's performance. May be we need to call it manually to set the index in collection.

PLEASE USE latest source from GitHub at https://github.com/tyohan/MongoRecord

Change Log

September 23, 2010

  • V 0.1.0 Initial release.
  • V 0.1.1 Fix bug on update document return duplicate index error.

Total 2 comments

#2205 report it
canni at 2010/11/25 09:00am
Few bugs found...

Just to inform others that have problems with this extension, quote from my bug report from github:

Hey, I've Found That You Have Few Critical Issues...

in Mongorecord: :getAttributes You're returning $this->$doc witch is actually implicit array to string conversion...

in MongoRecord::insert and update you forgot about firing event beforeSave() user defined beforeSave method will never be executed because of this

in MongoRecord::instantiate you're firing afterFind event on wrong model $this in this scope is a search model, instead of $this->afterFind() you should > fire $model->afterFind(), otherwise user defined afterFind method will modify wrong data!

and hint for MongoRecord::getCollection you can use shorthand syntax: return $this->db->{$this->collectionName}; instead of allocating new var

Best Regards, Darius

#2024 report it
amazergling at 2010/11/03 03:54am
Excellent extension!

Thank you for your effort!I would try it out in my project!

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