MongoDB Python Driver Update all documents in a collection using PyMongo


Example

Let's say you need to add a field to every document in a collection.

import pymongo

client = pymongo.MongoClient('localhost', 27017)
db = client.mydb.mycollection

for doc in db.find():
   db.update(
       {'_id': doc['_id']}, 
       {'$set': {'newField': 10} }, upsert=False, multi=False)

The find method returns a Cursor, on which you can easily iterate over using the for in syntax. Then, we call the update method, specifying the _id and that we add a field ($set). The parameters upsert and multi come from mongodb (see here for more info).