If I don't have a working connection to MongoDB and I don't want to use xDB functionality. Currently, my logs are being filled with errors.
What is the configuration needed to disable xDB?
For Sitecore 8.1 and later:
Per Sitecore documentation, you can run in "CMS-only" mode:
To run CMS-only mode, you must set the Xdb.Enabled configuration setting to false in the Sitecore.Xdb.config configuration file. https://doc.sitecore.net/sitecore_experience_platform/setting_up__maintaining/experience_management/experience_management_an_overview
For Sitecore 8.0:
There is a knowledge base article describing how to run Sitecore 8.0 without MongodDB, listing these steps:
Configuration Instructions To Disable XDB
Step 1: Disable analytics:
Go to /App_Config/Include/Sitecore.Analytics.config and set Analytics.Enabled to false:
<setting name="Analytics.Enabled" value="false" />
Step 2: Comment out analytics related connection strings:
Go to /App_Config/ConnectionStrings.config and comment out, or remove, the following connection strings:
<add name="analytics" connectionString="mongodb://localhost/analytics" /> <add name="tracking.live" connectionString="mongodb://localhost/tracking_live" /> <add name="tracking.history" connectionString="mongodb://localhost/tracking_history" /> <add name="tracking.contact" connectionString="mongodb://localhost/tracking_contact" /> <add name="reporting" connectionString="user id=user;password=password;Data Source=(server);Database=Sitecore_Analytics" />
The process is not as clean (for example, the system writes error messages to the log), and the KB article documents how Sitecore functionality is impacted.
Starting from Sitecore 8.1, the settings that disable xDB have changed.
The settings are now located in
Sitecore.Xdb.config. There are two boolean settings:
Xdb.Enabled— if you set this to
false, Sitecore will not store any data in MongoDB.
Xdb.Tracking.Enabled— if you set this to
false, there will be no in-memory tracking of website users and their actions.
Using these two settings, you can fine-tune the way in which you want to disable marketing, tracking and reporting functionality.
Please refer to the official documentation for more information:
(please note that there is an error on the above page: the setting is actually called
Please note, as the KB article describes, that disabling the xDB will limit the functionality of your Sitecore installation, not only with regards to Experience Analytics. Certain features will be unavailable, e.g. the rules engine (even for non-analytics based rules).
Also, certain modules (WFFM) requires an xDB connection unless you implement a custom data store for form submission data.