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CREATE clause

The CREATE clause is used to create nodes and relationships in a graph.

  1. Creating nodes
    1. Creating a single node
    2. Creating a node with properties
    3. Creating multiple nodes
  2. Creating relationships
    1. Creating a relationship between two nodes
    2. Creating a relationship with properties
  3. Creating a path

1. Creating nodes#

1.1 Creating a single node#

Use the following query to create a single node. The RETURN clause is used to return results. A newly created node can be returned in the same query.



+----+| n  |+----+| () |+----+

You can also specify a label while creating a node.

CREATE (n:Country)RETURN n;


+------------+| n          |+------------+| (:Country) |+------------+

If you wish to add multiple labels to a node, use the following syntax:

CREATE (n:Country:City)RETURN n;


+-----------------+| n               |+-----------------+| (:Country:City) |+-----------------+

1.2 Creating a node with properties#

A node can be created with initial properties.

CREATE (n:Country { name: 'San Marino', continent: 'Europe' })RETURN n;


+------------------------------------------------------+| n                                                    |+------------------------------------------------------+| (:Country {continent: "Europe", name: "San Marino"}) |+------------------------------------------------------+

1.3 Creating multiple nodes#

To create multiple nodes, separate them with a comma.

CREATE (n:Country), (m:City)RETURN n,m;


+------------+------------+| n          | m          |+------------+------------+| (:Country) | (:City)    |+------------+------------+

2. Creating relationships#

2.1 Creating a relationship between two nodes#

To create a relationship between two nodes, we need to specify which nodes either by creating them or filtering them with the WHERE clause.

CREATE (c1:Country { name: 'Belgium' }), (c2:Country { name: 'Netherlands' })CREATE (c1)-[r:BORDERS_WITH]->(c2)RETURN r;


+----------------+| r              |+----------------+| [BORDERS_WITH] |+----------------+

If the nodes already exist, the query would look like this:

MATCH (c1:Country),(c2:Country)WHERE = 'Belgium' AND = 'Netherlands'CREATE (c1)-[r:NEIGHBOURS]->(c2)RETURN r;


+--------------+| r            |+--------------+| [NEIGHBOURS] |+--------------+

2.2 Creating a relationship with properties#

You can add properties to a relationship at the time of creation.

MATCH (c1:Country),(c2:Country)WHERE = 'Belgium' AND = 'Netherlands'CREATE (c1)-[r:BORDERS_WITH { length: '30KM' }]->(c2)RETURN r;


+---------------------------------+| r                               |+---------------------------------+| [BORDERS_WITH {length: "30KM"}] |+---------------------------------+

3. Creating a path#

When creating a path, all of the parts of the pattern that don't exist will be created.

CREATE p=((n:Country { name: 'Belgium' })-[r:BORDERS_WITH { length: '30KM' }]->(m:Country { name: 'Netherlands' }))RETURN p;


+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+| p                                                                                              |+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+| (:Country {name: "Belgium"})-[BORDERS_WITH {length: "30KM"}]->(:Country {name: "Netherlands"}) |+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+