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$not operator in MongoDB

Before explaining $not operator I want to remind you about NOT IN in SQL Server. In T-SQL query we used NOT operator like below.
<SELECT QUERY> <WHERE ID> NOT IN (<a sub query>)
Same like this $not operator behave in mongodb.

$not performs a logical NOT operation on the specified <operator-expression> and selects the documents that do not match the <operator-expression>. This includes documents that do not contain the field.


Syntax: { field: { $not: { <operator-expression> } } }

Example: Suppose we have a collection of books inventory like below.

{ "_id" : 1, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 1, "Price" : 500 }
{ "_id" : 2, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 2, "Price" : 200 }
{ "_id" : 3, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 4, "Price" : 300 }
{ "_id" : 4, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 8, "Price" : 700 }
{ "_id" : 5, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 2, "Price" : 500 }

See following query

db.Order.find( { qty: { $not: { $gte: 4 } } } )


{ "_id" : 1, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 1, "Price" : 500 }
{ "_id" : 2, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 2, "Price" : 200 }
{ "_id" : 5, "item" : "item1", "qty" : 2, "Price" : 500 }

  • The operation of the $not operator is consistent with the behavior of other operators but may yield unexpected results with some data types like arrays.
  • The $not operator does not support operations with the $regex operator. Instead use // or in your driver interfaces, use your language’s regular expression capability to create regular expression objects.

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