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Logical Query Operator - $or & $nor

Description

In this page we are going to discuss about the logical operator $or and $nor.

The $or operator is used to search multiple expression in a single query with only one matching criterion to be needed in a document. More than one keys and values can be used with the $or operator.

The $nor operator is used to search multiple expression in a single query which does not match any of the values specified with the $nor.

Our database name is 'myinfo' and our collection name is 'testtable'. Here, is the collection bellow.

Sample collection "testtable"

{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f4e630fe5e6467e58ae7b"),
        "user_id" : "user1",
        "password" : "1a2b3c",
        "sex" : "Male",
        "age" : 17,
        "date_of_join" : "16/10/2010",
        "education" : "M.C.A.",
        "profession" : "CONSULTANT",
        "interest" : "MUSIC",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "MODERN MUSIC",
                        "CLASSICAL MUSIC",
                        "WESTERN MUSIC"
                ],
                "community_moder_id" : [
                        "MR. Alex",
                        "MR.   Dang",
                        "MR Haris"
                ],
                "community_members" : [
                        700,
                        200,
                        1500
                ],
                "friends" : {
                        "valued_friends_id" : [
                                "kumar",
                                "harry",
                                "anand"
                        ],
                        "ban_friends_id" : [
                                "Amir",
                                "Raja",
                                "mont"
                        ]
                }
        }
}
{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f4e720fe5e6467e58ae7c"),
        "user_id" : "user2",
        "password" : "11aa1a",
        "sex" : "Male",
        "age" : 24,
        "date_of_join" : "17/10/2009",
        "education" : "M.B.A.",
        "profession" : "MARKETING",
        "interest" : " MUSIC",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "MODERN MUSIC",
                        "CLASSICAL MUSIC",
                        "WESTERN MUSIC"
                ],
                "co mmunity_moder_id" : [
                        "MR. Roy",
                        "MR. Das",
                        "MR Doglus"
                ],
                "community_members" : [
                        500,
                        300,
                        1400
                ],
                "friends" : {
                        "valued_friends_id" : [
                                "pal",
                                "viki",
                                "john"
                        ],
                        "ban_friends_id" : [
                                "jalan",
                                "mono j",
                                "evan"
                        ]
                }
        }
}
{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f4e7e0fe5e6467e58ae7d"),
        "user_id" : "user3",
        "password" : "b1c1d1",
        "sex" : "Female",
        "age" : 19,
        "date_of_join" : "16/10/2010",
        "education" : "M.C.A.",
        "profession" : "IT COR.",
        "interest" : "AR T",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "MODERN ART",
                        "CLASSICAL ART",
                        "WESTERN ART"
                ],
                "community_mo der_id" : [
                        "MR. Rifel",
                        "MR. Sarma",
                        "MR Bhatia"
                ],
                "community_members" : [
                        5000,
                        2000,
                        1500
                ],
                "friends" : {
                        "valued_friends_id" : [
                                "philip",
                                "anant",
                                "alan"
                        ],
                        "ban_friends_id" : [
                                "Amir",
                                "Raja",
                                "mont"
                        ]
                }
        }
}
{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f4e910fe5e6467e58ae7e"),
        "user_id" : "user4",
        "password" : "abczyx",
        "sex" : "Female",
        "age" : 22,
        "date_of_join" : "17/8/2009",
 
 
        "education" : "M.B.B.S.",
        "profession" : "DOCTOR",
        "interest" : "SPORTS",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "ATHELATIC",
                        "GAMES FAN GYES",
                        "FAVOURIT GAMES"
                ],
                "community_moder_id" : [
                        "MR. Paul",
                        "MR. Das",
                        "MR Doglus"
                ],
                "community_members" : [
                        2500,
                        2200,
                        3500
                ],
                "friends" : {
                        "valued_friends_id" : [
                                "vinod",
                                "viki",
                                "john"
                        ],
                        "ban_friends_id" : [
                                "jalan",
                                "monoj",
                                "evan"
                        ]
                }
        }
}

Document written in command prompt

MongoDB conditional operator - $or example

If we want to fetch documents from the collection "testtable" which containing the value of "age " either 19 or 22 or 23, the following mongodb command can be used :

>db.testtable.find({$or : [{"age" : 19},{"age" : 22},{"age":23}]})

N.B. find() method displays the documents in a non structured format but to display the results in a formatted way, the pretty() method can be used.

Sql equivalent command is

SELECT * 
FROM testtable 
WHERE age=19 OR age=22 OR age=23; 

Output of the command

{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f35450fe5e6467e58ae79"),
        "user_id" : "user3",
        "password" : "b1c1d1",
        "sex" : "Female",
        "age" : 19,
        "date_of_join" : "16/10/2010",
        "education" : "M.C.A.",
        "profession" : "IT COR.",
        "interest" : "AR T",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "MODERN ART",
                        "CLASSICAL ART",
                        "WESTERN ART"
                ],
                "community_mo der_id" : [
                        "MR. Rifel",
                        "MR. Sarma",
                        "MR Bhatia"
                ],
                "community_members" : [
                        5000,
                        2000,
                        1500
                ],
                "friends" : {
                        "valued_friends_id" : [
                                "philip",
                                "anant",
                                "alan"
                        ],
                        "ban_friends_id" : [
                                "Amir",
                                "Raja",
                                "mont"
                        ]
                }
        }
}
{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f35860fe5e6467e58ae7a"),
        "user_id" : "user4",
        "password" : "abczyx",
        "sex" : "Female",
        "age" : 22,
        "date_of_join" : "17/8/2009",
        "education" : "M.B.B.S.",
        "profession" : "DOCTOR",
        "interest" : "SPORTS",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "ATHELATIC",
                        "GAMES FAN GYES",
                        "FAVOURIT GAMES"
                ],
                "community_moder_id" : [
                        "MR. Paul",
                        "MR. Das",
                        "MR Doglus"
                ],
                "community_members" : [
                        2500,
                        2200,
                        3500
                ],
                "friends" : {
                        "valued_friends_id" : [
                                "vinod",
                                "viki",
                                "john"
                        ],
                        "ban_friends_id" : [
                                "jalan",
                                "monoj",
                                "evan"
                        ]
                }
        }
}

Document written in command prompt

MongoDB $or operator with another field

If we want to fetch documents from the collection "testtable" which containing the value of "date_of_join" is "16/10/2010" and the value of "age " either 19 or 22 or 23, the following mongodb command can be used :

>db.testtable.find( { "date_of_join" : "16/10/2010" , $or : [{"age" : 19},{"age" : 22},{"age":23}] } )

N.B. find() method displays the documents in a non structured format but to display the results in a formatted way, the pretty() method can be used.

Output of the command

{
        "_id" : ObjectId("528f35450fe5e6467e58ae79"),
        "user_id" : "user3",
        "password" : "b1c1d1",
        "sex" : "Female",
        "age" : 19,
        "date_of_join" : "16/10/2010",
        "education" : "M.C.A.",
        "profession" : "IT COR.",
        "interest" : "AR T",
        "extra" : {
                "community_name" : [
                        "MODERN ART",
                        "CLASSICAL ART",
                        "WESTERN ART"
                ],
                "community_mo der_id" : [
                        "MR. Rifel&q			

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