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ONgDB 1.0 Launch Story

ONgDB 1.0 launched on July 1, 2021 marking the beginning of a new chapter for the open source graph community. Download ONgDB 1.0 and join the community today!

ONgDB 1.0 Launch Provides Clean Slate

ONgDB 1.0 provides a definitive and undisputed starting point where ONgDB forks from Neo4j®. This fork is entirely permissible for community and enterprise distribution under GPLv3/AGPLv3 licenses. All Neo4j® and Cypher® trademarks, names, and logos have been cleared from code and documentation and replaced with ONgDB and Geequel where appropriate.

This clear agreement with Neo4j® means we can continue using all of the Neo4j® Community open core code. We intend to continue developing ONgDB to integrate with Neo4j® core and maintain compatibility. You can find all ONgDB source code on our GitHub repo.


More than a decade ago, we discovered the power of graph. We saw a changing data landscape where the most valuable systems would rely on connected data. We knew that connected data would be integral to AI and machine intelligence with the practical applications of data and information. Graph databases for storage and management of connected data are now essential technology.

Birth of a Mission

We started developing with the open source Neo4j® project in 2010 (back before graphs were cool). We got behind Neo4j® early because it had an open source structure and strategy. That philosophy fits with our desire to see the success of graph database technology available to all. We didn’t want to see mistakes repeated, where only a limited number of people or organizations end up with access to essential technologies at scale. Graph technology shouldn’t be locked up behind a single proprietary organization.

Lessons Learned, Priorities Refined

The launch of ONgDB 1.0 signals a fresh start for the open source graph community. We’ve figured out what matters most to us and have identified what’s worth fighting for. We are not interested in claims to past projects and historical beginnings or the particular names of databases and query languages.

We’re interested in making sure a native graph database is fully open source under non-restrictive licensing. We’re interested in aligning with others to design, support, and advance the technology and the product in a way that keeps everything open and usable for everyone. We’re interested in connecting with a community whose collective long-term goals focus on where graph database space is going and making sure those goals are preserved.

ONgDB Release Roadmap

ONgDB 1.0 is based on Neo4j® 3.4. Our next major release is ONgDB 2.0, which is current with the latest Neo4j® 4.3 Community core.

As our community, usage, and support capabilities grow, we plan to provide more supported production releases on a faster development timeline.

Contribute and Grow

Everything we produce is free for use.

All contributions made to The Graph Foundation go to the organization’s administration and our ability to support and provide free distribution for the community. The Graph Foundation does not accept money for software development.

The Graph Foundation relies on community partners, organizations, and contributors to develop and advance the database. Get involved today.

With Gratitude

We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to those who’ve been involved in bringing ONgDB 1.0 together. Whether you’ve contributed code, testing time, feedback, or financial sponsorship, we genuinely appreciate your support. A special thanks goes out to the team at GraphGrid who were instrumental in transforming this code base to make it ready for the 1.0 release.

We hope you all enjoy the ONgDB 1.0 release! Please download it now and let us know what you think.

Graph Foundation, Inc. and ONgDB are not affiliated in any way with Neo4j, Inc. or Neo4j Sweden AB. Neo4j Sweden AB is the owner of the copyrights for Neo4j® software…[more]