How to install Neo4j on Ubuntu 22.04

This article will guide you through the process of installing Neo4j on Ubuntu 22.04. We’ll break down each step, ensuring you have a smooth and successful installation. When it comes to graph databases, Neo4j stands out as a leading platform, providing a reliable and effective way to manage and query highly connected data. This open-source, NoSQL, native graph database provides an excellent foundation for all kinds of applications that need to handle rich, connected data.


It’s important to make sure that your system complies with the requirements before we start the installation process.

  1. You need to have Ubuntu 22.04 installed on your Virtono VPS.
  2. You should have superuser (root) privileges or access to the ‘sudo’ command.
  3. You should have Java Development Kit (JDK) 11 or later installed. If not, we’ll cover the installation process.

Updating the System

First, let’s update the existing list of packages:

sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y

Installing Java Development Kit (JDK)

If you haven’t installed JDK on your system, you can install it using the following commands:

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

You can verify the installation by checking the version of the installed JDK:

java -version
How to install Neo4j on Ubuntu 22.04

Adding Neo4j on Ubuntu Repository

The default Ubuntu 22.04 repositories do not contain Neo4j. As a result, we must integrate our system with the official Neo4j repository. The ‘apt-transport-https’ package must first be installed for the package manager to be able to transfer files and data over https:

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

Next, import the GPG key used for signing Neo4j packages:

wget -O - https://debian.neo4j.com/neotechnology.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Then, add the Neo4j repository to your system:

echo 'deb https://debian.neo4j.com stable latest' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/neo4j.list

Update the system’s package list:

sudo apt-get update

Installing Neo4j on Ubuntu

Now, you can install Neo4j using the following command:

sudo apt-get install neo4j

Starting and Enabling Neo4j Service

After the installation process, start the Neo4j service and enable it to launch at boot:

sudo systemctl start neo4j
sudo systemctl enable neo4j

You can verify the status of the Neo4j service using:

sudo systemctl status neo4j
How to install Neo4j on Ubuntu 22.04

Accessing Neo4j

By default, Neo4j on Ubuntu runs on localhost port 7474. Open your web browser and visit http://localhost:7474. You should see the Neo4j web interface, which means you’ve successfully installed and started Neo4j on Ubuntu.

If you’re trying to access it from a different machine, you need to configure Neo4j to allow connections from any IP, not just localhost.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Neo4j configuration file using a text editor. You can use nano:
sudo nano /etc/neo4j/neo4j.conf
  1. Look for the following lines in the file:
#server.http.listen_address=:7474 #server.http.advertised_address=:7474
  1. Uncomment these lines (remove the # at the beginning) and replace the “:” with “” for the first line and replace SERVER-IP with your server’s external IP, like so:
  1. Save and exit the file. If you’re using nano, press Ctrl+X, then Y, and finally Enter to save and exit.
  2. Restart Neo4j:
sudo systemctl restart neo4j

Now, you should be able to access Neo4j on Ubuntu from any machine using the IP address of the machine where Neo4j is installed, followed by :7474. For example, http://server-ip:7474.

Install Neo4j on Ubuntu 22.04

Final Thoughts

You have now successfully installed Neo4j on Ubuntu 22.04 with the help of this tutorial. You can now begin creating your applications, learning more about graph databases, and using connected data to its full potential.

1 Comment

Duane A Nickull · November 1, 2023 at 12:14 AM


I noticed when I ran “sudo apt-get install neo4j” that BASH seemed to install open JDK version 19.

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