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Install Memgraph on Debian

This article briefly outlines the basic steps necessary to install and run Memgraph on Debian.

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Newer versions of Memgraph are currently not backward compatible with older versions. That is why you won't be able to load storage snapshots between different versions.

Prerequisites

Before you proceed with the installation guide make sure that you have:

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Memgraph packages are available for:

  • Debian 10
  • Debian 11

You can also use direct download links to get the latest Memgraph packages.

Installation guide

After downloading Memgraph as a Debian package, install it by running the following:

sudo dpkg -i /path-to/memgraph_<version>.deb
Why use sudo?

In order to perform some actions on your operating system like installing new software, you may need superuser privileges (commonly called root). 

Potential installation error

You could get errors while installing the package with the above command if you don't have all of Memgraph's dependencies installed. The issues mostly look like the following:

dpkg: error processing package memgraph (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
memgraph

To install missing dependencies and finish the installation of the Memgraph package, just issue the following command:

sudo apt-get install -f

The above command will install all missing dependencies and will finish configuring the Memgraph package.

To verify that Memgraph is running, run the following:

sudo journalctl --unit memgraph

If successful, you should receive an output similar to the following:

You are running Memgraph vX.X.X

If the Memgraph database instance is not running, you can start it explicitly:

sudo systemctl start memgraph

If you want to start Memgraph with different configuration settings, check out the Configuration section. At this point, Memgraph is ready for you to submit queries.

Stopping Memgraph

To shut down the Memgraph server, issue the following command:

sudo systemctl stop memgraph

Configuration

The Memgraph configuration is available in /etc/memgraph/memgraph.conf. If the configuration file is altered, Memgraph needs to be restarted. To learn about all the configuration options, check out the Reference guide.

Where to next?

To learn how to query the database, take a look at the querying guide or Memgraph Playground for interactive tutorials.
Visit the Drivers overview page if you need to connect to the database programmatically.

Getting help

If you run into problems during the installation process, check out our installation troubleshooting guide to see if we have already covered the topic. For more information on the installation process and for additional questions, visit the Help Center page.