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Neo4j Module

This module helps running Neo4j using Testcontainers.

Note that it's based on the official Docker image provided by Neo4j, Inc.

Usage example

Declare your Testcontainer as a @ClassRule or @Rule in a JUnit 4 test or as static or member attribute of a JUnit 5 test annotated with @Container as you would with other Testcontainers. You can either use call getHttpUrl() or getBoltUrl() on the Neo4j container. getHttpUrl() gives you the HTTP-address of the transactional HTTP endpoint while getBoltUrl() is meant to be used with one of the official Bolt drivers. On the JVM you would most likely use the Java driver.

The following example uses the JUnit 5 extension @Testcontainers and demonstrates both the usage of the Java Driver and the REST endpoint:

public class ExampleTest {

    private static Neo4jContainer neo4jContainer = new Neo4jContainer()
        .withAdminPassword(null); // Disable password

    void testSomethingUsingBolt() {

        // Retrieve the Bolt URL from the container
        String boltUrl = neo4jContainer.getBoltUrl();
        try (
            Driver driver = GraphDatabase.driver(boltUrl, AuthTokens.none());
            Session session = driver.session()
        ) {
            long one ="RETURN 1", Collections.emptyMap()).next().get(0).asLong();
            assertThat(one, is(1L));
        } catch (Exception e) {

    void testSomethingUsingHttp() throws IOException {

        // Retrieve the HTTP URL from the container
        String httpUrl = neo4jContainer.getHttpUrl();

        URL url = new URL(httpUrl + "/db/data/transaction/commit");
        HttpURLConnection con = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();

        con.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "application/json");

        try (Writer out = new OutputStreamWriter(con.getOutputStream())) {
            out.write("{\"statements\":[{\"statement\":\"RETURN 1\"}]}");

        assertThat(con.getResponseCode(), is(HttpURLConnection.HTTP_OK));
        try (BufferedReader buffer = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(con.getInputStream()))) {
            String expectedResponse = 
            String response = buffer.lines().collect(Collectors.joining("\n"));
            assertThat(response, is(expectedResponse));

You are not limited to Unit tests and can of course use an instance of the Neo4j Testcontainer in vanilla Java code as well.

Choose your Neo4j license

If you need the Neo4j enterprise license, you can declare your Neo4j container like this:

public class ExampleTest { 
    public static Neo4jContainer neo4jContainer = new Neo4jContainer()

This creates a Testcontainer based on the Docker image build with the Enterprise version of Neo4j. The call to withEnterpriseEdition adds the required environment variable that you accepted the terms and condition of the enterprise version. You accept those by adding a file named container-license-acceptance.txt to the root of your classpath containing the text neo4j:3.5.0-enterprise in one line. You'll find more information about licensing Neo4j here: About Neo4j Licenses.

Adding this module to your project dependencies

Add the following dependency to your pom.xml/build.gradle file:

testCompile "org.testcontainers:neo4j:1.10.6"


Add the Neo4j Java driver if you plan to access the Testcontainer via Bolt:

compile "org.neo4j.driver:neo4j-java-driver:1.7.1"