Can I query MongoDB ObjectId by date ?

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    Short code for JavaScript:

    // This function returns an ObjectId embedded with a given datetime
    // Accepts both Date object and string input
    function objectIdWithTimestamp(timestamp) {
        // Convert string date to Date object (otherwise assume timestamp is a date)
        if (typeof(timestamp) == 'string') {
        timestamp = new Date(timestamp);
        // Convert date object to hex seconds since Unix epoch
        var hexSeconds = Math.floor(timestamp/1000).toString(16);
        // Create an ObjectId with that hex timestamp
        var constructedObjectId = ObjectId(hexSeconds + "0000000000000000");
        return constructedObjectId
    // Find all documents created after midnight on May 25th, 1980
    db.mycollection.find({ _id: { $gt: objectIdWithTimestamp('1980/05/25') } });


    Answered on January 4, 2019.
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    In pymongo, it can be done this way:

    import datetime
    from bson.objectid import ObjectId
    mins = 15
    gen_time = - datetime.timedelta(mins=mins)
    dummy_id = ObjectId.from_datetime(gen_time)
    result = list(db.coll.find({"_id": {"$gte": dummy_id}}))
    Answered on January 4, 2019.
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    For that to using a inbuilt function provided by mongodb drivers in in Node.js lets you query by any timestamp:

    var timestamp =;
    var objectId = ObjectID.createFromTime(timestamp / 1000);

    As another option, to search for records before the current time, you can simply do:

    var objectId = new ObjectID(); // or ObjectId in the mongo shell

    To Reference:


    Answered on January 4, 2019.
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