Dump the Contents of a Transaction Log

If there is a need to look through the transaction logs, particularly to see if/when a node or relationship (or property) with a given ID was touched, you will need to dump the log using the DumpLogicalLog tool.

The tools are available separately at the Maven Central Repository prior to version 3.5.x. Download (or build) the correct tools jar for your Neo4j Version from there.

Starting with version 3.5.x, you can find the jar in the Private Repository The username and password can be found here.

Place the jar in $NEO4J_HOME\lib and given a log file of neostore.transaction.db.1, run:

java -cp 'lib/*:system/lib/*:/usr/share/neo4j/lib/*' org.neo4j.tools.dump.DumpLogicalLog ./data/graph.db/neostore.transaction.db.1 > /tmp/dumptxlog_1.log

Once dumped, you can search for a node ID, etc.

=== ./data/databases/graph.db/neostore.transaction.db.0[LogHeader{logFormatVersion=6, logVersion=0, lastCommittedTxId=1}] ===
Start[master=-1,me=-1,time=2019-01-29 00:14:49.524+0000/1548720889524,lastCommittedTxWhenTransactionStarted=1,additionalHeaderLength=8,[-75, 113, -36, 24, -49, -11, -31, -102],position=LogPosition{logVersion=0, byteOffset=16},checksum=-162089288840]
Command[ -PropertyKey[0,no use,nameId=-1,propCount=0]
         +PropertyKey[0,in use,nameId=1,propCount=0,DynamicRecord[1,used=true,(4),type=-1,data=byte[99,111,100,101],start=true,next=-1]]]
Commit[txId=2, 2019-01-29 00:14:49.543+0000/1548720889543]
Start[master=-1,me=-1,time=2019-01-29 00:14:49.500+0000/1548720889500,lastCommittedTxWhenTransactionStarted=1,additionalHeaderLength=8,[-57, 79, -16, 29, 38, 48, 89, -74],position=LogPosition{logVersion=0, byteOffset=134},checksum=-160313975075]
Command[ -Property[0,used=false,prev=-1,next=-1,node=0, (blocks not loaded)]
         +Property[0,used=true,prev=-1,next=-1,node=0,PropertyBlock[blocks=1,SHORT_STRING,key=0,value=A]]]
Command[ -Node[0,used=false,rel=-1,prop=-1,labels=Inline(0x0:[]),light,secondaryUnitId=-1]
         +Node[0,used=true,rel=-1,prop=0,labels=Inline(0x0:[]),light,secondaryUnitId=-1]]
...
Command[UpdateCounts[() + 1]]
Commit[txId=10, 2019-01-29 00:31:04.302+0000/1548721864302]
Start[master=-1,me=-1,time=2019-01-29 00:31:06.405+0000/1548721866405,lastCommittedTxWhenTransactionStarted=10,additionalHeaderLength=8,[77, -57, 58, -59, -5, 87, -51, -31],position=LogPosition{logVersion=0, byteOffset=1824},checksum=-161405968298]
Command[ -Property[5,used=false,prev=-1,next=-1,node=5, (blocks not loaded)]
         +Property[5,used=true,prev=-1,next=-1,node=5,PropertyBlock[blocks=3,SHORT_STRING,key=0,value=CountMyTestString]]]
Command[ -Node[5,used=false,rel=-1,prop=-1,labels=Inline(0x0:[]),light,secondaryUnitId=-1]
         +Node[5,used=true,rel=-1,prop=5,labels=Inline(0x0:[]),light,secondaryUnitId=-1]]
Command[UpdateCounts[() + 1]]
Commit[txId=11, 2019-01-29 00:31:06.406+0000/1548721866406]
CheckPoint[position=LogPosition{logVersion=0, byteOffset=2041}]