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Use the limit method to retrieve a specific number of documents from MongoDB

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While you can use the find method to read data back out of MongoDB and the findOne method is a MongoDB query to pull specifically one result, you can use the limit method after using find to retrieve a specific number of documents.

Given this dataset in a collection called users:

{
	"name": "John Doe",
	"email": "test@test.com",
	"admin": false
},
{
	"name": "Jane Doe",
	"email": "test2@test2.com",
	"admin": false
},
{
	"name": "Bob Doe",
	"email": "bob@bob.com",
	"admin": true
},
{
	"name": "Your Mom",
	"email": "koolkid@someplace.com",
	"admin": false
}

If you want to only the first two documents from the users collection, you can chain the limit method after using find like so:

db.users.find().limit(2)

Will return the following:

{
	"name": "John Doe",
	"email": "test@test.com",
	"admin": false
},
{
	"name": "Jane Doe",
	"email": "test2@test2.com",
	"admin": false
}

The argument passed into limit determines the maximum number of documents the cursor from find will return.


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