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⚠️ NOTE: This project is no longer actively maintained. Please consider using the official Neo4j GraphQL Library.

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A GraphQL to Cypher query execution layer for Neo4j and JavaScript GraphQL implementations.

neo4j-graphql.js is facilitated by Neo4j Labs.

Installation and usage


npm install --save neo4j-graphql-js


Start with GraphQL type definitions:

const typeDefs = `
type Movie {
    title: String
    year: Int
    imdbRating: Float
    genres: [Genre] @relation(name: "IN_GENRE", direction: "OUT")
type Genre {
    name: String
    movies: [Movie] @relation(name: "IN_GENRE", direction: "IN")

Create an executable schema with auto-generated resolvers for Query and Mutation types, ordering, pagination, and support for computed fields defined using the @cypher GraphQL schema directive:

import { makeAugmentedSchema } from 'neo4j-graphql-js';

const schema = makeAugmentedSchema({ typeDefs });

Create a neo4j-javascript-driver instance:

import { v1 as neo4j } from 'neo4j-driver';

const driver = neo4j.driver(
  neo4j.auth.basic('neo4j', 'letmein')

Use your favorite JavaScript GraphQL server implementation to serve your GraphQL schema, injecting the Neo4j driver instance into the context so your data can be resolved in Neo4j:

import { ApolloServer } from 'apollo-server';

const server = new ApolloServer({ schema, context: { driver } });

server.listen(3003, '').then(({ url }) => {
  console.log(`GraphQL API ready at ${url}`);

If you don't want auto-generated resolvers, you can also call neo4jgraphql() in your GraphQL resolver. Your GraphQL query will be translated to Cypher and the query passed to Neo4j.

import { neo4jgraphql } from 'neo4j-graphql-js';

const resolvers = {
  Query: {
    Movie(object, params, ctx, resolveInfo) {
      return neo4jgraphql(object, params, ctx, resolveInfo);

What is neo4j-graphql.js

A package to make it easier to use GraphQL and Neo4j together. neo4j-graphql.js translates GraphQL queries to a single Cypher query, eliminating the need to write queries in GraphQL resolvers and for batching queries. It also exposes the Cypher query language through GraphQL via the @cypher schema directive.


  • Translate GraphQL queries to Cypher to simplify the process of writing GraphQL resolvers
  • Allow for custom logic by overriding of any resolver function
  • Work with graphql-tools, graphql-js, and apollo-server
  • Support GraphQL servers that need to resolve data from multiple data services/databases
  • Expose the power of Cypher through GraphQL via the @cypher directive


  • Send a single query to the database
  • No need to write queries for each resolver
  • Exposes the power of the Cypher query language through GraphQL


See our detailed contribution guidelines.


See /examples


Full docs can be found in docs/

Debugging and Tuning

You can log out the generated cypher statements with an environment variable:

DEBUG=neo4j-graphql-js node yourcode.js

This helps to debug and optimize your database statements. E.g. visit your Neo4J browser console at http://localhost:7474/browser/ and paste the following:

:params :params { offset: 0, first: 12, filter: {}, cypherParams: { currentUserId: '42' } }

and now profile the generated query:

EXPLAIN MATCH (`post`:`Post`) WITH `post` ORDER BY post.createdAt DESC RETURN `post` { .id , .title } AS `post`

You can learn more by typing:

:help params


NOTE: This project is no longer actively maintained. Please consider using the official Neo4j GraphQL Library (linked in README).