Neo4j: Graphs for Everyone
Neo4j is the world’s leading Graph Database. It is a high performance graph store with all the features expected of a mature and robust database, like a friendly query language and ACID transactions. The programmer works with a flexible network structure of nodes and relationships rather than static tables — yet enjoys all the benefits of enterprise-quality database. For many applications, Neo4j offers orders of magnitude performance benefits compared to relational DBs.
Learn more on the Neo4j website.
We encourage experimentation with Neo4j. You can build extensions to Neo4j, develop library or drivers atop the product, or make contributions directly to the product core. You’ll need to sign a Contributor License Agreement in order for us to accept your patches.
For a quick overview of the components in this repository, you can read the RepositoryOverview.asciidoc.
Neo4j is built using Apache Maven version 3.3 and a recent version of supported VM. Bash and Make are also required. Note that maven needs more memory than the standard configuration, this can be achieved with
OS X users need to have Homebrew installed.
With brew on OS X
brew install maven
Please note that we do not support building Debian packages on OS X.
With apt-get on Ubuntu
apt install maven openjdk-8-jdk
On top of that, to build Debian packages and Neo4j Desktop:
apt install debhelper devscripts dos2unix dpkg make xmlstarlet # You will need a license for install4j, which is only needed for Neo4j Desktop curl -O http://download-keycdn.ej-technologies.com/install4j/install4j_linux_6_1_4.deb dpkg -i install4j_linux_6_1_4.deb
Before you start running the unit and integration tests in the Neo4j Maven project on a Linux-like system, you should ensure your limit on open files is set to a reasonable value. You can test it with
ulimit -n. We recommend you have a limit of at least 40K.
mvn clean installwill only build the individual jar files.
Test execution is, of course, part of the build.
In case you just want the jars, without running tests, this is for you:
mvn clean install -DskipTests.
To build product packages, do
export PATH="bin:$PATH" && make clean allin the packaging directory after building artifacts with Maven
To build the documentation see the Neo4j documentation.
If you are running into problems building on Windows you can try building Neo4j in a Ubuntu virtual machine.
You may need to increase the memory available to Maven:
After running a
mvn clean install cd into
packaging/standalone/target and extract the version you want, then
in the extracted folder to start Neo4j on
localhost:7474. On Windows you want to run
Or, if you are not interested in the tarballs and just want to run Neo4j you can instead run a
mvn clean install -DminimalBuild and then cd into
community/server and run
mvn clean compile exec:java
to start Neo4j.
Neo4j is an open source product. We support a Community edition under the GPLv3 license. The Enterprise edition is available under the AGPLv3 license for open source projects otherwise under a commercial license from Neo Technology.