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Neo4j v5 and APOC

What happened with APOC in Neo4j v5?

Have you recently updated to Neo4j v5, and discovered that certain APOC procedures you rely on are no longer functioning? Or you have just deployed a v5 database, installed APOC-extended and discovered that it’s not working as it was before with APOC-all? You’re not the only one experiencing this.

With the release of Neo4j v5, APOC has been divided into two editions. The primary distinction lies in the fact that some procedures are now officially supported and accessible in the APOC-core edition, which is the only edition supported by Neo4j. APOC-core consists of well-tested procedures and functions that do not rely on external dependencies. On the other hand, the APOC-extended edition includes extra procedures that may necessitate external dependencies, it is maintained by community and is not officialy supported by Neo4j.

Docs and differences

There are now two different documentation pages for the two editions:

There are also two different repositories for Core and Extended, compared to before where you had both core and all in same repository. The links to respective repos:

Furthermore, each procedure in the documentation is labeled with an “Extended” tag if it does not belong to the Core edition. For example, the apoc.load.json procedure is part of the Core edition as it doesn’t have the Extended tag. On the other hand, the apoc.load.csv procedure is part of the Extended edition, as indicated by the Extended tag.



To install APOC-core, first you’ll need to ensure that the APOC-core version you’re installing is compatible with your version of the database. For example, if your database version is 5.12.1, you need to find APOC version that matches the major and minor version of your database version, otherwise the database will fail to start, and you will see details around it in database logs. So in our example, you would look for APOC-core 5.12.x, because patch version doesn’t need to match the database patch version.

In the above section we provided links to the respective repositories where you can find the .jar files to download.

ℹ️Keep in mind that you should always install Core edition and if needed, you would install the Extended edition as well, depending on the additional procedures or functions you need.

Please navigate to the database interface, Plugins tab > + Add Plugins button and you’ll be prompted to add a name to the plugin and upload a .jar file you’ve downloaded. You can find more info here on how to upload the Plugin.

To check that APOC is correctly installed and to get a comprehensive list of all the procedures, you can execute CALL'apoc') from your Neo4j Browser, and you can also provide some filtering if you want to.

APOC configuration

Another thing that has changed is that we cannot add APOC configuration setting to the neo4j.conf file. Instead, it needs to go into apoc.conf file and set any APOC configuration values there. Currently, GrapheneDB allows configuration changes via user interface only in neo4j.conf file, but upon request we can add the requested configuration for you to the apoc.conf file. If you require this, please open a Support Case and our support team will gladly help.

Saving memory

The APOC library contains numerous procedures and functions and it requires a big amount of memory when loading all the procedures, therefore it’s advised against loading all of them into the DBMS. Rather, it’s preferable to adhere to the principle of least privilege. This principle stipulates that only the procedures and functions essential for executing the user’s workload should be loaded.

You can specify the procedures and functions that should be loaded using the database configuration setting, which is located in the conf/neo4j.conf file. GrapheneDB allows you to manage the configuration of Neo4j as it is done via neo4j.conf file, but currently is not whitelisted, so please reach out to us so that we can help, and you can do so by opening a Support Case.

For more information around this, please refer to official Neo4j docs.

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