Launching Neo4j Desktop in Linux (Ubuntu & Debian) with an .appimage file

Note: Neo4j installation on Linux using apt-get, as per the process here:

distributes installation files across multiple system directories e.g. var/etc, var/log, /home/neo4j etc..

A quicker way to install is using the .appimage file directly from

The download for linux distributions is in the form of a .appimage file. AppImage files can then run without installation or the need for root priviledges.

Example: If the file is downloaded to /home/neo4j/Downloads/neo4j-desktop-1.0.3-x86_64.AppImage, then from terminal run the following commands at this location:

chmod a+x neo4j-desktop-1.0.3-x86_64.AppImage


This creates an executable at /home/neo4j/Downloads/ in this example, which can just be double-clicked to launch the Neo4j Desktop application. ”’

  • Last Modified: 2020-10-22 22:13:22 UTC by Umar Muzammil.
  • Relevant for Neo4j Versions: 3.3, 3.4.
  • Relevant keywords install, desktop.