Get started with Neo4j

This chapter gives an orientation on how to get started with Neo4j.

1. Installing Neo4j

The easiest way to set up an environment for developing an application with Neo4j and Cypher is to use Neo4j Desktop. Download Neo4j Desktop from and follow the installation instructions for your operating system. For more information on how to use Neo4j Desktop and its capabilities, see the Neo4j Desktop documentation.

2. Documentation guide

All the official documentation is available at That is where you find the full manuals such as:

The Cypher Refcard is a valuable asset when learning and writing Cypher.

Additionally, you can find more specialized documentation along with API documentation and documentation for older Neo4j releases.