Docker can be downloaded for macOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems from DockerHub hosts an official Neo4j image that provides a standard, ready-to-run package of Neo4j Community Edition and Enterprise Edition for a variety of versions.

Neo4j editions

Tags are available for both Community Edition and Enterprise Edition. Version-specific Enterprise Edition tags have an -enterprise suffix, for example: neo4j:5.8.0-enterprise. Community Edition tags have no suffix, for example neo4j:5.8.0. The latest Neo4j Enterprise Edition release is available as neo4j:enterprise.

All supported tags can be found at

Neo4j Enterprise Edition license

To use Neo4j Enterprise Edition, you must accept the license agreement by setting the environment variable NEO4J_ACCEPT_LICENSE_AGREEMENT=yes.

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Using the Neo4j Docker image

You can start a Neo4j container by using the following command. Note that this Neo4j container will not persist data between restarts and will have the default username/password.

docker run \
    --restart always \
    --publish=7474:7474 --publish=7687:7687 \

You can try out your Neo4j container by opening http://localhost:7474/ (the Neo4j’s Browser interface) in a web browser. By default, Neo4j requires authentication and prompts you to log in with a username/password of neo4j/neo4j at the first connection. You are then prompted to set a new password.

The default minimum password length is 8 characters. Use the configuration to change it.

The following sections provide more information about how to set an initial password, configure Neo4j to persist data between restarts, and use the Neo4j Docker image.

Using NEO4J_AUTH to set an initial password

When using Neo4j in a Docker container, you can set the initial password for the container directly by specifying the NEO4J_AUTH in your run directive:

docker run \
    --restart always \
    --publish=7474:7474 --publish=7687:7687 \
    --env NEO4J_AUTH=neo4j/your_password \

With no persistent storage for the databases, NEO4J_AUTH takes effect each time the container is recreated, even if you have changed the password.

However, with persistent storage for the databases, NEO4J_AUTH only takes effect on the initial startup. It is ignored when the container is recreated and cannot override a changed password.

Alternatively, you can disable authentication by specifying NEO4J_AUTH to none:

--env NEO4J_AUTH=none

Please note that there is currently no way to change the initial username from neo4j.

Persisting data using Volumes

The --volume option maps a local folder to the container, where you can persist data between restarts.

docker run \
    --restart always \
    --publish=7474:7474 --publish=7687:7687 \
    --env NEO4J_AUTH=neo4j/your_password \
    --volume=/path/to/your/data:/data \
    --volume=/path/to/your/logs:/logs \

The folders that you want to mount must exist before starting Docker, otherwise, Neo4j will fail to start due to permissions errors.

If you have mounted a /data volume containing an existing database, setting NEO4J_AUTH will have no effect. The Neo4j Docker service will start, but you will need a username and password already associated with the database to log in.

Running Neo4j as a non-root user

For security reasons, Neo4j runs as the neo4j user inside the container. You can specify which user to run as by invoking docker with the --user argument. For example, the following runs Neo4j as your current user:

docker run \
    --publish=7474:7474 --publish=7687:7687 \
    --user="$(id -u):$(id -g)" \

More useful Docker Run options

This table lists some of the options available:

Table 1. Options for docker run
Option Description Example


Name your container to avoid generic ID

docker run --name myneo4j neo4j


Specify which container port to expose

docker run -p7687:7687 neo4j


Detach container to run in background

docker run -d neo4j


Bind mount a volume

docker run -v $HOME/neo4j/data:/data neo4j


Set config as environment variables for the Neo4j database

docker run --env NEO4J_AUTH=neo4j/your_password


Control whether Neo4j containers start automatically when they exit, or when Docker restarts.

docker run --restart always


Output full list of docker run options

docker run --help

The --restart always option sets the Neo4j container (and Neo4j) to restart automatically whenever the Docker daemon is restarted.

If you no longer want to have the container auto-start on machine boot, you can disable this setting using the flag no:

docker update --restart=no <containerID>

For more information on Docker restart policies, see The official Docker documentation.

Offline installation of Neo4j Docker image

Docker provides the docker save command for downloading an image into a .tar package so that it can be used offline, or transferred to a machine without internet access.

This is an example command to save the neo4j:5.8.0 image to a .tar file:

docker save -o neo4j-5.8.0.tar neo4j:5.8.0

To load a docker image from a .tar file created by docker save, use the docker load command. For example:

docker load --input neo4j-5.8.0.tar

For complete instructions on using the docker save and docker load commands, refer to: