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IMPORTANT – TinkerPop is now a part of the Apache Software Foundation and TinkerPop 3.x is the latest incarnation of The TinkerPop. This project is TinkerPop 2.x and is in maintenance mode.

Blueprints is a collection of interfaces, implementations, ouplementations, and test suites for the property graph data model. Blueprints is analogous to the JDBC, but for graph databases. As such, it provides a common set of interfaces to allow developers to plug-and-play their graph database backend. Moreover, software written atop Blueprints works over all Blueprints-enabled graph databases. Within the TinkerPop software stack, Blueprints serves as the foundational technology for:

  • Pipes: A lazy, data flow framework
  • Gremlin: A graph traversal language
  • Frames: An object-to-graph mapper
  • Furnace: A graph algorithms package
  • Rexster: A graph server

The documentation herein will provide information regarding the use of Blueprints.1 Please join the Gremlin users group at for all TinkerPop related discussions.

Blueprints JavaDoc:
Blueprints WikiDoc:


Non-Maven users can get the raw release jars from Apache’s Central Repository. Snapshots can be obtained from Sonatype (see Maven Repositories for more information).

Graph graph = new Neo4jGraph("/tmp/my_graph");
Vertex a = graph.addVertex(null);
Vertex b = graph.addVertex(null);
Edge e = graph.addEdge(null, a, b, "knows");
e.setProperty("since", 2006);

The Major Differences Between Blueprints 1.x and 2.x

1 Blueprints documentation is up to date with the current Blueprints codebase, not with the latest Blueprints release.

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