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

Neo4j installation on Linux using apt-get, as per the process here, distributes installation files across multiple system directories e.g. /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

$ ./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.