Download the latest release from Neo4j Download Center.
Select the appropriate ZIP distribution.
Make sure to download Neo4j from Neo4j Download Center and always check that the SHA hash of the downloaded file is correct:
To find the correct SHA hash, go to Neo4j Download Center and click on
SHA-256which will be located below your downloaded file.
Using the appropriate commands for your platform, display the
SHA-256hash for the file that you downloaded.
Ensure that the two are identical.
Right-click the downloaded file, click Extract All.
Place the extracted files in a permanent home on your server, for example
D:\neo4j\. The top level directory is referred to as NEO4J_HOME.
To run Neo4j as a console application, use:
To install Neo4j as a service use:
<NEO4J_HOME>\bin\neo4j windows-service install.
For additional commands and to learn about the Windows PowerShell module included in the Zip file, see Windows PowerShell module.
Visit http://localhost:7474 in your web browser.
Connect using the username 'neo4j' with default password 'neo4j'. You’ll then be prompted to change the password.
Stop the server by typing
Ctrl-Cin the console.
Neo4j can also be run as a Windows service.
Install the service with
bin\neo4j windows-service install, and start it with
The available commands for
When installing a new release of Neo4j, you must first run
When Neo4j is installed as a service, Java options are stored in the service configuration.
Changes to these options after the service is installed will not take effect until the service configuration is updated.
For example, changing the setting
server.memory.heap.initial_size in neo4j.conf will not take effect until the service is updated and restarted.
To update the service, run
Then restart the service to run it with the new configuration.
To update the service, run
bin\neo4j windows-service update.
The same applies to the path to where Java is installed on the system.
If the path changes, for example when upgrading to a new version of Java, it is necessary to run the
update-service command and restart the service.
Then the new Java location will be used by the service.
bin\neo4j windows-service install
Change memory configuration
echo server.memory.heap.initial_size=8g >> conf\neo4j.conf echo server.memory.heap.initial_size=16g >> conf\neo4j.conf
bin\neo4j windows-service update
The Neo4j PowerShell module allows administrators to:
Install, start and stop Neo4j Windows® Services.
Start tools, such as
The PowerShell module is installed as part of the ZIP file distributions of Neo4j.
Requires PowerShell v2.0 or above.
Supported on either 32 or 64 bit operating systems.
On Windows, it is sometimes necessary to Unblock a downloaded ZIP file before you can import its contents as a module. If you right-click on the ZIP file and choose "Properties" you will get a dialog which includes an "Unblock" button, which will enable you to import the module.
Running scripts has to be enabled on the system. This can, for example, be achieved by executing the following from an elevated PowerShell prompt:
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
For more information, see About execution policies.
The PowerShell module will display a warning if it detects that you do not have administrative rights.
The module file is located in the bin directory of your Neo4j installation, i.e. where you unzipped the downloaded file. For example, if Neo4j was installed in C:\Neo4j then the module would be imported like this:
This will add the module to the current session.
Once the module has been imported you can start an interactive console version of a Neo4j Server like this:
To stop the server, issue
Ctrl-C in the console window that was created by the command.
Once the module is imported you can query the available commands like this:
Get-Command -Module Neo4j-Management
The output should be similar to the following:
CommandType Name Version Source ----------- ---- ------- ------ Function Invoke-Neo4j 5.4.0 Neo4j-Management Function Invoke-Neo4jAdmin 5.4.0 Neo4j-Management Function Invoke-Neo4jBackup 5.4.0 Neo4j-Management Function Invoke-Neo4jImport 5.4.0 Neo4j-Management Function Invoke-Neo4jShell 5.4.0 Neo4j-Management
The module also supports the standard PowerShell help commands.
Run the following to see examples of help commands:
Get-Help Invoke-Neo4j -examples
List of available commands:
Current status of the Neo4j service:
Install the service with verbose output:
Invoke-Neo4j install-service -Verbose
Available commands for administrative tasks:
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