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DescriptionOpen source graph database
Database modelGraph DBMS
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Trend Chart
Rank#21  Overall
#1  Graph DBMS
Technical documentationneo4j.com/­docs/­developer-manual/­current
DeveloperNeo Technology
Initial release2007
Current release3.0.6, September 2016
LicenseOpen Source GPL version3, commercial licenses available
Cloud-based Only available as a cloud serviceno
Implementation languageJava
Server operating systemsLinux Can also be used server-less as embedded Java database.
Data schemeschema-free
Typing predefined data types such as float or dateyes
Secondary indexesyes pluggable indexing subsystem, by default Apache Lucene
SQL Support of (almost full) SQL standard (DML, DDL and DCL statements)no
APIs and other access methodsCypher query language
Java API
Supported programming languages.Net
Server-side scripts Stored proceduresyes Server Plugins in Java
Triggersyes via event handler
Partitioning methods Methods for storing different data on different nodesnone
Replication methods Methods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-slave replication only available in the Enterprise Edition.
MapReduce Offers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno
Consistency concepts Methods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency configurable in High Availability Cluster setup
Immediate Consistency
Foreign keys Referential integrityyes Relationships in graphs
Transaction concepts Support to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID
Concurrency Support for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability Support for making data persistentyes
User concepts Access controlno
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Specific characteristics

Unlock the value of data relationships with Neo4j, a transactional database that features native graph storage and processing for super-fast writes and reads, plus flexible data modeling and ACID compliance.

Competitive advantages

Neo4j is the only transactional database that combines everything you need for performance and trustability in applications that bring data relationships to the fore: native graph storage, native graph processing, graph scalability, high availability, built-in ETL, and integration support, plus Cypher, a powerful and expressive language for queries using vastly less code than SQL.

Typical application scenarios
  • Real-Time Recommendations
  • Master Data Management
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Network and IT Operations
  • Fraud Detection
  • Graph-Based Search
Key customers

eBay, Walmart, Cisco, UBS, HP, CenturyLink, Telenor, TomTom, Telenor, The National Geographic Society

Market metrics

Neo4j boasts the world's largest graph database ecosystem with more than a million downloads, and 200+ enterprise customers, including 50 Global 2000 companies.

Licensing and pricing models

GPL v3 license that can be used all the places where you might use MySQL. Neo4j Commercial license is offered by Neo Technology, Inc., and is bundled in Neo4j Enterprise, which includes enterprise features and world-class support. Contact neo4j.com for pricing information.


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Recent citations in the news

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23 October 2016, DZone News

Introducing Neo4j 3.1: The Graph Foundation for the Enterprise
13 October 2016, Marketwired (press release)

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17 October 2016, DZone News

Neo4j Team Announces All-Star Agenda for GraphConnect San Francisco 2016
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11 October 2016, Broadway World

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