Using Neo4j from Go

If you are a Go developer, this guide provides an overview of options for connecting to Neo4j. While this guide is not comprehensive it will introduce the different drivers and link to the relevant resources.

You should be familiar with graph database concepts and the property graph model. You should have created an Neo4j AuraDB cloud instance, or installed Neo4j locally.

Neo4j for Go Developers

Neo4j provides drivers which allow you to make a connection to the database and develop applications which create, read, update, and delete information from the graph.

Neo4j Go Driver

The Neo4j Go driver is officially supported by Neo4j and connects to the database using the binary bolt protocol. It aims to be minimal, while being idiomatic to Go.

Module version

Make sure your application has been set up to use go modules (there should be a go.mod file in your application root). Add the driver with:

go get

If you need to pin a specific 5.x version, you can run this instead:

go get<5.x tag>

where <5.x tag> is one of the available tag (e.g.: v5.3.0).

func helloWorld(ctx context.Context, uri, username, password string) (string, error) {
	driver, err := neo4j.NewDriverWithContext(uri, neo4j.BasicAuth(username, password, ""))
	if err != nil {
		return "", err
	defer driver.Close(ctx)

	session := driver.NewSession(ctx, neo4j.SessionConfig{AccessMode: neo4j.AccessModeWrite})
	defer session.Close(ctx)

	greeting, err := session.ExecuteWrite(ctx, func(transaction neo4j.ManagedTransaction) (any, error) {
		result, err := transaction.Run(ctx,
			"CREATE (a:Greeting) SET a.message = $message RETURN a.message + ', from node ' + id(a)",
			map[string]any{"message": "hello, world"})
		if err != nil {
			return nil, err

		if result.Next(ctx) {
			return result.Record().Values[0], nil

		return nil, result.Err()
	if err != nil {
		return "", err

	return greeting.(string), nil

Driver Configuration

From Neo4j version 4.0 and onwards, the default encryption setting is off by default and Neo4j will no longer generate self-signed certificates. This applies to default installations, installations through Neo4j Desktop and Docker images. You can verify the encryption level of your server by checking the dbms.connector.bolt.enabled key in neo4j.conf.

Table 1. Table Scheme Usage
Certificate Type Neo4j Cluster Neo4j Standalone Server Direct Connection to Cluster Member





Encrypted with Full Certificate




Encrypted with Self-Signed Certificate




Neo4j AuraDB




Please review your SSL Framework settings when going into production. If necessary, you can also generate certificates for Neo4j with Letsencrypt






The Neo4j Team

Neo4j Online Community



The Example Project

The Neo4j example project is a small, one page webapp for the Movies database built into the Neo4j tutorial. The front-end page is the same for all drivers: movie search, movie details, and a graph visualization of actors and movies. Each backend implementation shows you how to connect to Neo4j from each of the different languages and drivers.

You can learn more about our small, consistent example project across many different language drivers here. You can find the implementations for all drivers as individual GitHub repositories, which you can clone and deploy directly.