This topic discusses the steps to remove a node from an existing MongoDB replica set.


  • An active replica set.
  • To remove a member, the MongoDB user must have clusterAdmin privileges.

To remove a node from an existing replica set:

  1. Connect to the node that you wish to remove and shut down the MongoDB on it using the following command.
    absrs01:PRIMARY> db.shutdownServer() 
  2. Connect to the primary member of the replica set and run the following command to remove the node.
    absrs01:PRIMARY> rs.remove("<IP Address or hostname of the node to be removed>:27017")

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