mongoc_cursor_t *
mongoc_collection_command (mongoc_collection_t *collection,
                           mongoc_query_flags_t flags,
                           uint32_t skip,
                           uint32_t limit,
                           uint32_t batch_size,
                           const bson_t *command,
                           const bson_t *fields,
                           const mongoc_read_prefs_t *read_prefs)

This function is superseded by mongoc_collection_command_with_opts(), mongoc_collection_read_command_with_opts(), mongoc_collection_write_command_with_opts(), and mongoc_collection_read_write_command_with_opts().

This function is not considered a retryable read operation.


  • collection: A mongoc_collection_t.

  • flags: A mongoc_query_flags_t.

  • skip: A uint32_t with the number of documents to skip or zero.

  • limit: A uint32_t with the max number of documents to return or zero.

  • batch_size: A uint32_t with the number of documents in each batch or zero. Default is 100.

  • command: A bson_t containing the command to execute.

  • fields: A bson_t containing the fields to return or NULL. Not all commands support this option.

  • read_prefs: An optional mongoc_read_prefs_t. Otherwise, the command uses mode MONGOC_READ_PRIMARY.


This function returns a newly allocated mongoc_cursor_t that should be freed with mongoc_cursor_destroy() when no longer in use. The returned mongoc_cursor_t is never NULL, even on error. The user must call mongoc_cursor_next() on the returned mongoc_cursor_t to execute the initial command.

Cursor errors can be checked with mongoc_cursor_error_document(). It always fills out the bson_error_t if an error occurred, and optionally includes a server reply document if the error occurred server-side.


Failure to handle the result of this function is a programming error.