Neo4j Desktop Can't export database


I'm trying to export a neo4j database to a .dump file but when I do so in the desktop app it tells me that its hit and error. The error logs show the following error:

[2021-10-25 20:47:26.545] [error] Selecting JVM - Version:11.0.8, Name:OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM, Vendor:Azul Systems, Inc.
Invalid value for option '--to': cannot convert 'C:\Users\gsyke\.Neo4jDesktop\relate-data\projects\project-45909243-b8de-4b60-9684-f6dcbbb1e1c7\main-neo4j-25-Oct-2021-20:47:22.dump' to interface java.nio.file.Path (java.nio.file.InvalidPathException: Illegal char <:> at index 120: C:\Users\gsyke\.Neo4jDesktop\relate-data\projects\project-45909243-b8de-4b60-9684-f6dcbbb1e1c7\main-neo4j-25-Oct-2021-20:47:22.dump)

OS: Windows 10 Home version 19043.1288
Neo4j Desktop version: 1.4.9
Neo4j database version: 4.3.1
Neo4j Desktop log:
GDS plugin installed version 1.6.1

Tried adding the log files as suggested in the template text but was told there was too many characters.

Thanks in advance!


given the error reports

java.nio.file.InvalidPathException: Illegal char <:> at index 120: C:\Users\gsyke\.Neo4jDesktop\relate-data\projects\project-45909243-b8de-4b60-9684-f6dcbbb1e1c7\main-neo4j-25-Oct-2021-20:47:22.dump

if you remove the : from the file name are you able to export?
Are you able to export if for example you simply attempt to export to a file named main-neo4j25OCT2021.dmp


I’m not running the tool from the command line and the desktop UI doesn’t let you define a file name its just auto generated.

Hi (Hello) Gsykes537

There is a specific command which one can invoke on Neo4j aura console. Please refer to syntax of command neo4j-admin command for apt command line switches.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully
Sameer G


Currently I’m running the database locally not on aura. I want to convert the local database to one on Aura. I’m using the GUI tool to interact with the database and when I try using the neo4j-admin command on the windows command line it tells me that the commands not found. I’m on the community edition so I think it doesn’t come pre-installed.

Kind Regards

George (He/Him)


I think you need to install admin kit. Please look at the installation documents for proper guidance.

Thanking you
Sameer Sudhir G