This project is no longer maintained.

We originally developed a wrapper for MongoDB Java Driver that would provide idiomatic Scala API. We did that because there was no good Scala solution at the time. There was no official Scala driver and the community-based ReactiveMongo lacked support and stayed behind the Java versions. The Java driver, on the other hand, was quite slow in certain use cases. In fact, once ReactiveMongo provided support for MongoDB 3.0 it turned out that it was over tenfold faster than the original Java Driver. In general we had to choose between suboptimal Java driver or outdated ReactiveMongo.

This has changed. Our recent microbenchmarks show that the current versions of Java driver are no longer inferior in terms of speed. There is even an official Scala driver, which is really just a small facade built on top of the async Java driver.

Reactivemongo, on the other hand, become a go-to library for Akka and Play fans. It uses Play Iteratees and was designed with good scaling in mind. There is also a ReactiveMongo Play module for easy integration with Playframework and its JSON library. So please switch either to ReactiveMongo or the official Scala driver.

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Built on top of the new Java Core Async Driver from MongoDB, the MongoDB Driver Scala allows you to achieve end-to-end fully asynchronous non-blocking I/O.

The library is designed for MongoDB 3.0.x and will be updated to support newer releases. However it successfuly works with older revisions of Mongo server except for some specific commands that may fail.


When MongoDB released the new Core Async Driver, we decided to start this project for a few reasons

  • The driver we were extensively using, ReactiveMongo, has been less and less active.
  • We wanted an API that would allow us to write idiomatic Scala.

Going Async

import scala.concurrent.Future

import com.evojam.mongodb.client._
import org.bson.Document

val client = MongoClients.create() // Default connection to localhost:27017
val testCollection = client.collection("test")

// Fetch all documents from a collection
val docs: Future[List[Document]] =


  • JDK7 or above


MongoDB Driver Scala is available from Sonatype, simply add it as a dependency to your build.sbt

Current stable version:

resolvers += Resolver.sonatypeRepo("releases")
libraryDependencies += "com.evojam" % "mongo-driver-scala_2.11" % "0.5.0"

Current snapshot:

resolvers += Resolver.sonatypeRepo("snapshots")
libraryDependencies += "com.evojam" % "mongo-driver-scala_2.11" % "0.5.0-SNAPSHOT"

Framework Integration

To make use of this fast non-blocking IO driver we're currently developing a module for Play Framework 2.4, which will provide an idiomatic, easy-to-use Scala API.


If you're interested in high performance, reactive programming (Rx Observables, Futures), and NoSQL databases then you've found a great project to contribute to and we welcome all help - pull requests, reporting bugs, suggesting new features, and so on.


This software is licensed under the Apache 2 license, quoted below.

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