How to Install Neo4j on Windows and a Solution to "Unable to access jarfile windows-service-wrapper-*.jar"

Installing Neo4j on Windows is pretty straightforward, but the Neo4j installation instructions for Windows are lacking….this is all they have. It’s a little more involved than that.

Install Java

Download and Install the Java JDK from

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Install Neo4j

Download the Community Edition of Neo4j from


Open base.bat in c:\temp\Neo4j...\bin with your favorite text editor, I use Notepad++, but any text editor will do. >

Note if you don’t do this step you could get this exception when trying to install Neo4j

Error: Unable to access jarfile windows-service-wrapper-.jar > Find this line: > set wrapperJarFilename=windows-service-wrapper-.jar > Change it to: > set wrapperJarFilename=windows-service-wrapper-4.jar

Save base.bat

Open a Command Prompt and navigate to c:\temp\Neo4j...\bin

Run Neo4j.bat

You might get a UAC prompt if you just double click on it. If you do, click “More info”, then click “Run Anyway”


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