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Neo4j Online Incremental Backups Size - Getting increased in large

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Hello All,

I'm using Neo4j Causal Cluster consists of 3 core servers and they are hosted on AWS EC2 servers.

Details of the cluster:
Neo4j Version: Neo4j Enterprise 4.3.6

I started getting incremental online backups from a core server and experiencing a huge increase in the size of the incremental backup folder(like double in size of a new online backup of the same database) and it's getting increased day by day.

Backup Command:

/bin/neo4j-admin backup --backup-dir=${BACKUP_LOCATION} --database=${DATABASE_NAME} --include-metadata=all --check-consistency=false --fallback-to-full=true

Kindly let me know if any of you guys have any idea about this?





is the increasing size as a result of the backup destination having a significant number/size of files named neostore.transaction.db.* ?  


We did fix this in 4.4.0 and via


  • Backup will now prune transaction logs based on the value of dbms.tx_log.rotation.retention_policy on the backup client


Hi @dana_canzano , could you please let us know the recommended most stable version of 4.4 for production ?



@Hirushi list all our most recent software and of which 4.4.10 is the most recent 4.4.x release



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Hi Dana,

There are files named neostore.transaction.db.* on the backup location. 

Thanks a lot for the support.



I'm beginner to neo4j. I would like to know how to purge the old backup's from the backup directory and how to initiate full backup when I need it instead incremental? 

Thanks in advance for the help.