The Py2neo v5 Handbook

Py2neo is a client library and toolkit for working with Neo4j from within Python applications and from the command line. The library supports both Bolt and HTTP and provides a high level API, an OGM, admin tools, an interactive console, a Cypher lexer for Pygments, and many other bells and whistles. Unlike previous releases, Py2neo does not require an HTTP-enabled server and can work entirely through Bolt.

When considering whether to use py2neo or the official Python Driver for Neo4j, there is a trade-off to be made. Py2neo offers a higher level API and an OGM, but the official driver provides mechanisms to work with clusters, such as automatic retries. If you are new to Neo4j, need an OGM, do not want to learn Cypher immediately, or require data science integrations, py2neo may be the better choice. If you are building a high-availability Enterprise application, or are using a cluster, you likely need the official driver.


To install the latest stable release of py2neo, simply use pip:

$ pip install --upgrade py2neo

To install the latest pre-release of py2neo, use pip with the --pre flag:

$ pip install --upgrade --pre py2neo


The following versions of Python and Neo4j are supported:

  • Python 2.7 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 3.8

  • Neo4j 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 4.0 (the latest point release of each version is recommended)

While either Neo4j Community or Enterprise edition may be used, py2neo does not yet fully support all Enterprise-only features, such as Causal Clustering. Py2neo does however provide support for the multi-database functionality added in Neo4j 4.0. More about this can be found in the documentation for the Graph class.

Note that Py2neo is developed and tested under Linux using standard CPython distributions. While other operating systems and Python distributions may work, support for these is not available.