If I run a command line service like mongod , my terminal window will continue to show its log output. If i run it as a homebrew service, which is what mongodb itself recommends for mac, with command brew services start mongodb-community, I won't get any log output.

How do i continually stream the log? For mongod, or other homebrew services?

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    You mustn't confuse service and homebrew service. AFAIK each "homebrew service" started with homebrew service ... has an own log file (depends on the launch agent/daemon plist provided by the package) and is rather launchd related.
    – klanomath
    Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 21:56

2 Answers 2


The mongodb-community service logs to the following places:


Usually this means that they're located in:


You can continually stream the logs using a command like this in the Terminal:

tail -f /usr/local/var/log/mongodb/*.log
  • tail -f *.log of couuurse :)
    – vintagexav
    Commented Jul 20, 2023 at 13:55

You have several options to start mongodb and show the mongo log:

  1. Directly in the Terminal window:

    brew services start mongodb/brew/mongodb-community && tail -f -n100 /usr/local/var/log/mongodb/mongo.log  
  2. In a second Terminal windows (or a tab) (the second one has to have a known tty device number - you get it e.g. with w or tty):

    brew services start mongodb/brew/mongodb-community; tail -f -n100 /usr/local/var/log/mongodb/mongo.log > /dev/tty001;
  3. Send the log to a detached screen:

    brew services start mongodb/brew/mongodb-community && screen -dmS mongolog tail -f -n100 /usr/local/var/log/mongodb/mongo.log

    to attach to the screen use screen -d -r mongolog in a second window/tab.

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