This chapter describes the quickest way to get started with Neo4j Bloom.
Neo4j Bloom is designed to be simple and intuitive enough for a business person or knowledge worker to pick up and use. Follow these quick start tips if you would like to play with the interface on your own before returning to this guide to learn about the more advanced and nuanced features. If you are new to graph visualizations with Neo4j, it is recommended that you read through About Neo4j Bloom and Perspectives sections of this guide.
You will need a functioning Neo4j Bloom application and access to a Neo4j graph to get started. Refer to the Installation guide if you are unsure that your Bloom application is correctly set up. Several example data sets are available for getting started quickly with Neo4j. The Movies or Northwind example datasets are good choices for a easy start.
The Bloom application will need a Perspective as a business view of the graph to which it connects. The first time that Bloom connects to a graph, it will show a selection of already defined Perspectives or, if you have the access rights, offer to auto-generate a new one. Auto-generation is a good place to jump quickly into graph exploration.
Graph exploration begins by searching for interesting parts of the graph.
By loading the Northwind example data set, you can start interacting with the graph right away. If you need help loading the dataset, the process is described in detail here.
Once loaded, try searching for:
If you need help loading the dataset, the process is described in detail here.
For faster search performance, it is highly recommended to set up indexes in the Neo4j database for all properties that should be searchable in Bloom. See Operations manual → Index configuration
With a currently displayed graph visualization you can:
Watch the Bloom video series on product features as a learning tool while you get started with the product.