How to fix NodeJS MongoDB ‘Cannot read property ‘high_’ of null’

When encountering an error message like

TypeError: Cannot read property 'high_' of null
    at Long.equals (/home/uli/dev/NMUN/node_modules/bson/lib/bson/long.js:236:31)
    at nextFunction (/home/uli/dev/NMUN/node_modules/mongodb-core/lib/cursor.js:473:16)
    at (/home/uli/dev/NMUN/node_modules/mongodb-core/lib/cursor.js:763:3)
    at Cursor._next (/home/uli/dev/NMUN/node_modules/mongodb/lib/cursor.js:211:36)
    at nextObject (/home/uli/dev/NMUN/node_modules/mongodb/lib/operations/cursor_ops.js:192:10)
    at hasNext (/home/uli/dev/NMUN/node_modules/mongodb/lib/operations/cursor_ops.js:135:3)

you likely have code like this:

const cursor = db.getCollection('mycollection').find({})
while (cursor.hasNext()) {
    const doc =;
    // ... handle doc ...

The solution is quite simple: Since find(), cursor.hasNext() and all return Promises, you can’t use their results directly.

This example shows you how to do it properly using async/await:

const cursor = await db.getCollection('mycollection').find({})
while (await cursor.hasNext()) {
    const doc = await;
    // ... handle doc ...

In order to do this remember that the function containing this code will need to be an async function. See the Mozilla documentation or google for Javascript async tutorial in order to learn about the details!