If you've been misled by Neo4j Inc sales people regarding your rights to use Neo4j Enterprise AGPL distributions with no limitations, please contact us. You can also view a few FAQs we have put together for our US Federal clients : Neo4j open source FAQs


Please download the Open Native Graph Database (ONgDB) Enterprise distributions directly from the GraphFoundation Website.

You can access the source code via the Graphfoundation GitHub Site.

Please note that if you a Neo4j reseller, you may be prohibited from using open source neo4j packages, so please read your reseller agreement carefully.

iGov Inc is not a partner or reseller of Neo4j Inc and is not under any open source usage prohibitions that resellers and partners may be under.

Neo4j Enterprise Open Source Frequently Asked Questions

We've gathered together questions we receive from agencies and integrators regarding Neo4j Enterprise Open Source licenses. If you have a question for us, please email us at [email protected].

YES, Neo4j Enterprise is open source under the AGPLv3 open source license created by the Free software foundation. View License. This is the same license used by Mondgo DB and many other open source projects. As long as you follow the open source license terms you are free to use it in any environment, for any purpose you wish. These terms simply ensure custom derivatives of Neo4j Enterprise are also themselves open source. US government agencies are restricted from making closed source software in most situations and do not try to create their own derivative (version) of Neo4j. Instead they use Neo4j as a server in a much larger enterprise architecture stack. AGPLv3 is a no-brainer for US government use cases! It's that simple!

Neo4j Enterprise can be used for free under the Free Software Foundation's GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3.

It is the same license used by many open source tools such as MongoDb. There are no hidden or limiting terms beyond the standard AGPL v3.0 license (AGPLv3). With Neo4j Enterprise under its free open source AGPLv3 license, You simply don't get production email and phone support from Neo4j Inc. You can get a much cheaper support contract through iGov Inc for a fraction of the cost to support your production deployment, and our team is the only one with Neo4j federal past performance at this point in time.

Neo4j removed the open source binaries they compiled from their distribution sites so you can no longer get open source packages from Neo4j Inc. Luckily iGov Inc compiles the binaries from the official Neo4j source code repositories.

See our blog post to learn more

You can get all the Neo4j Enterprise source code at the official Neo4j GitHub Repositories.

There simply are none that we've ever run into.

The AGPL license ensures that if you make a derivative of Neo4j that you must ensure that you release the code of the derivative back to the community. That's it! It does not require you to release the tools, other applications, that connect and use Neo4j.
If you are capable of creating your own derivative of Neo4j, then you may want to Neo4j Inc - they may be hiring!

Yes, of course you can. It's 100% free and open source. The standard AGPLv3 open source license simply ensures that Neo4j remains open source and that any custom derivatives of Neo4j should be shared with the community.
If you are ever told by a Neo4j sales person that you can not use Neo4j Enterprise open source license in production, simple email or call us along with the person's name and we will make sure Neo's corporate knows about the mistake.

No, Neo4j Enterprise is released only under the standard AGPLv3 open source license that is managed by the free software foundation. View the AGPLv3 License No one is allowed to modify the standard license and still call it the AGPLv3 license.

Read the Neo4j Enterprise Trial license agreement they ask you to agree to before downloading and you will see the difference. It tries to bind you to restrictive commercial terms. There is no reason you would want to agree to restrictive terms for the Trial download , when you can use Neo4j Enterprise for any environment including Production under the simple AGPLv3 open source license. Instead of downloading a trial - download Neo4j Enterprise from our the Neo4j Inc. distribution site, or from our Amazon Gov Cloud mirror. Download ONgDB Enterprise Open Source Packages Here

Neo4j Enterprise Commercial & Open Source Comparisons

There are no physical differences between Neo4j Enterprise commercial and AGPL open source licenses! Neo4j Enterprise open source licenses have no other limitations beyond the standard GNU AGPL open source license.
The Neo4j Enterprise commercial end user license agreement (EULA) actually adds restrictions preventing you from using Neo4j open source licenses in many circumstances!! Make sure to read it!
License Neo4j Enterprise open source license Neo4j Enterprise commercial license
Can use in any environment for any purpose? YES YES
Can I use this with any amount of cores without incurring additional costs? YES NO
Can I create custom derivative versions of Neo4j Enterprise? (Ex: My custom Neo4j Enterprise Edition) YES YES
Does NOT require you to open source your systems that simply use Neo4j Enterprise as a component in your system. YES for both
You do NOT have to open source your system that uses Neo4j Enterprise as a server as it is intended to be used. You only need to open source custom Neo4j Enterprise derivatives under the open source license and then only under certain distribution conditions.