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Query modules overview

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Memgraph supports extending the query language with user-written procedures in C, C++, Python, and Rust. These procedures are grouped into modules - query modules files (either *.so or *.py files).

Some query modules are built-in, and others, like those that can help you solve complex graph issues, are available as part of the MAGE library you can add to your Memgraph installation. The library is already included if you are using Memgraph Platform or Memgraph MAGE Docker images to run Memgraph.

You can also implement custom query modules. Every single Memgraph installation comes with the and query modules located in the /usr/lib/memgraph/query_modules directory. They were provided as examples of query modules for you to examine and learn from.

Each query module file corresponds to one query module, and file names are mapped as query module names. For example, will be mapped as example module, and will be mapped as py_example module. If each module file has a procedure called procedure defined, those procedures would be mapped in the Cypher query language as example.procedure() and py_example.procedure() respectively.

Regardless of where they come from and who wrote them, all modules need to be loaded into Memgraph so that they can be called while querying the database. They are either loaded automatically when Memgraph starts or manually if they were added while Memgraph was already running.

You can also inspect and develop query modules in Memgraph Lab (v2.0 and newer). Just navigate to Query Modules.

Screenshot of Query Modules from Memgraph Lab

Once you start Memgraph, it will attempt to load query modules from all .so and .py files from the default directories. MAGE modules are located at /usr/lib/memgraph/query_modules and custom modules developed via Memgraph Lab at /var/lib/memgraph/internal_modules.

To learn more about query modules, take a look at the following guides:

Available Query Modules

The open-source repository MAGE (Memgraph Advanced Graph Extensions) contains all currently implemented query modules. For more information on all the available graph algorithms and installation instructions, check out the MAGE documentation page.


If you need an additional Python library not included with Memgraph, check out the guide on how to install it.