Neo4jError: Connection was closed by server

I've created a google cloud VM instance with neo4j on it, by following this instructions:

The browser Db looks fine: I can view and manipulate from the browser.

The problem is when trying connecting neo4j from nodejs using neo4j-driver npm.

I keep getting this error:

UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: Neo4jError: Connection was closed by server

this is the code:

const neo4j = require('neo4j-driver')
const uri = 'bolt://[EXTERNAL_IP]:[PORT]'
const user = 'USER_NAME'
const password = 'PASSWORD'

const createPerson = async () => {
const driver = neo4j.driver(uri, neo4j.auth.basic(user, password), { encrypted : "ENCRYPTION_OFF"})
const session = driver.session()
const personName = 'Bob'
    try {
        const result = await
          'CREATE (a:Person {name: $name}) RETURN a',
          { name: personName }

    const singleRecord = result.records[0]
    const node = singleRecord.get(0)

  } finally {
    await session.close()

  // on application exit:
  await driver.close()


The code is taken from this link:

I run this command: gcloud compute ssh my-neo4j-instance in GCP shell, in hope that maybe adding ssh would solve the issue but it didn't.

changing the driver encrypted options to false also didn't help.

Console logging the error print this:

Neo4jError: Connection was closed by server

at captureStacktrace (C:\Users\user\Desktop\Home Work\MyProject\LotteryService\node_modules\neo4j-driver\lib\result.js:263:15)
at new Result (C:\Users\user\Desktop\Home Work\MyProject\LotteryService\node_modules\neo4j-driver\lib\result.js:68:19)
at Session._run (C:\Users\user\Desktop\Home Work\MyProject\LotteryService\node_modules\neo4j-driver\lib\session.js:174:14)
at (C:\Users\user\Desktop\Home Work\MyProject\LotteryService\node_modules\neo4j-driver\lib\session.js:135:19)
at createPerson (C:\Users\user\Desktop\Home Work\MyProject\LotteryService\src\index.js:12:38)
at Object.<anonymous> (C:\Users\user\Desktop\Home Work\MyProject\LotteryService\src\index.js:31:1)
at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:959:30)
at Object.Module._extensions..js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:995:10)
at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:815:32)
at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:727:14) {

code: 'ServiceUnavailable',
  name: 'Neo4jError'

Hope you guys could help me

I'm having a very similar issue with a neo4j server I setup on EC2, the browser works fine but I get "Connection was closed by server" when trying to connect with nodejs :frowning: