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Awesome Procedures for Neo4j 4.4.x



Neo4j 3.x introduced the concept of user-defined procedures and functions. Those are custom implementations of certain functionality, that can’t be (easily) expressed in Cypher itself. They are implemented in Java and can be easily deployed into your Neo4j instance, and then be called from Cypher directly.

The APOC library consists of many (about 450) procedures and functions to help with many different tasks in areas like data integration, graph algorithms or data conversion.


Apache License 2.0

"APOC" Name history

Apoc was the technician and driver on board of the Nebuchadnezzar in the Matrix movie. He was killed by Cypher.

APOC was also the first bundled A Package Of Component for Neo4j in 2009.

APOC also stands for "Awesome Procedures On Cypher"

Installation: With Neo4j Desktop

APOC Full can be installed with Neo4j Desktop, after creating your database, by going to the Manage screen, and then the Plugins tab. Click Install in the APOC box and wait until you see a green check mark near "APOC".

desktop apoc


Please provide feedback and report bugs as GitHub issues or join the Neo4j Community Forum and ask with the APOC tag.

Calling Procedures & Functions within Cypher

User defined Functions can be used in any expression or predicate, just like built-in functions.

Procedures can be called stand-alone with CALL;

But you can also integrate them into your Cypher statements which makes them so much more powerful.

Load JSON example
WITH '' AS url

CALL apoc.load.json(url) YIELD value as person

MERGE (p:Person {})
   ON CREATE SET p.age = person.age, p.children = size(person.children)

APOC Procedures & Functions Overview

All included procedures are listed in the overview in the documentation and detailed in subsequent sections.

Built in Help

apoc help apoc


lists name, description, signature, roles, based on keyword

Detailed Feature Documentation

See the APOC User Guide for documentation of each of the major features of the library, including data import/export, graph refactoring, data conversion, and more.

Procedure & Function Signatures

To call procedures correctly, you need to know their parameter names, types and positions. And for YIELDing their results, you have to know the output column names and types.

INFO:The signatures are shown in error messages, if you use a procedure incorrectly.

You can see the procedures signature in the output of CALL"name")


The signature is always name : : TYPE, so in this case:

 (startNode :: NODE?, endNode :: NODE?,
   relationshipTypesAndDirections :: STRING?, weightPropertyName :: STRING?)
:: (path :: PATH?, weight :: FLOAT?)
Table 1. Parameter Explanation
Name Type

Procedure Parameters









Output Return Columns





Manual Installation: Download latest release

Since APOC relies on Neo4j’s internal APIs you need to use the matching APOC version for your Neo4j installaton. Make sure that the first two version numbers match between Neo4j and APOC.

Go to the latest release for Neo4j version 4.4 and download the binary jar to place into your $NEO4J_HOME/plugins folder.

You can find all releases here.

Manual Configuration


For security reasons, procedures and functions that use internal APIs are disabled by default. Loading and enabling APOC procedures and functions can be configured using the Neo4j config file. For more details, see the APOC installation documentation.

Version Compatibility Matrix

Since APOC relies in some places on Neo4j’s internal APIs you need to use the right APOC version for your Neo4j installaton.

APOC uses a consistent versioning scheme: <neo4j-version>.<apoc> version. The trailing <apoc> part of the version number will be incremented with every apoc release.

apoc version neo4j version

4.4.0 (4.3.x)

4.3.7 (4.3.x)

4.2.11 (4.2.x)

4.1.11 (4.1.x)

4.0.12 (4.0.x)

3.5.30 (3.5.x)

3.4.18 (3.4.x)

3.3.9 (3.3.x)

3.2.14 (3.2.x)

3.1.9 (3.1.x)

3.0.12 (3.0.x)






Get APOC Version

To know your current apoc version you can use the function :

RETURN apoc.version();

Using APOC with the Neo4j Docker image

APOC Full can be used with the Neo4j Docker image via the NEO4JLABS_PLUGINS environment variable. If we use this environment variable, the APOC plugin will be downloaded and configured at runtime.


This feature is intended to facilitate using APOC in development environments, but it is not recommended for use in production environments.

The following runs Neo4j 4.0 in a Docker container with the latest version of the APOC Library
docker run \
    -p 7474:7474 -p 7687:7687 \
    -v $PWD/data:/data -v $PWD/plugins:/plugins \
    --name neo4j-apoc \
    -e NEO4J_apoc_export_file_enabled=true \
    -e NEO4J_apoc_import_file_enabled=true \
    -e NEO4J_apoc_import_file_use__neo4j__config=true \
    -e NEO4JLABS_PLUGINS=\[\"apoc\"\] \

We should see the following two lines in the output after running this command:

Fetching versions.json for Plugin 'apoc' from
Installing Plugin 'apoc' from to /plugins/apoc.jar

In a production environment we should download the APOC release matching our Neo4j version and, copy it to a local folder, and supply it as a data volume mounted at /plugins.

The following downloads the APOC Library into the plugins directory and then mounts that folder to the Neo4j Docker container
mkdir plugins
pushd plugins
docker run --rm -e NEO4J_AUTH=none -p 7474:7474 -v $PWD/plugins:/plugins -p 7687:7687 neo4j:4.4

If you want to pass custom apoc config to your Docker instance, you can use environment variables, like here:

docker run \
    -p 7474:7474 -p 7687:7687 \
    -v $PWD/data:/data -v $PWD/plugins:/plugins \
    --name neo4j-apoc \
    -e NEO4J_apoc_export_file_enabled=true \
    -e NEO4J_apoc_import_file_enabled=true \
    -e NEO4J_apoc_import_file_use__neo4j__config=true \

Build & install the current development branch from source

git clone
cd neo4j-apoc-procedures
./gradlew shadow
cp build/full/libs/apoc-<version>-all.jar $NEO4J_HOME/plugins/
$NEO4J_HOME/bin/neo4j restart

A full build including running the tests can be run by ./gradlew build.

Applying Code-style

./gradlew spotlessApply

To apply the spotless code-style, run the above gradle command, this will remove all unused imports