Amazon Neptune
User Guide (API Version 2017-11-29)

Using the RDF4J Console to Connect to a Neptune DB Instance

The RDF4J Console allows you to experiment with Resource Description Framework (RDF) graphs and queries in a REPL (read-eval-print loop) environment.

You can add a remote graph database as a repository and query it from the RDF4J Console. This section walks you through the configuration of the RDF4J Console to connect remotely to a Neptune DB instance.

To connect to Neptune using the RDF4J Console

  1. Download the RDF4J SDK from the Download page on the RDF4J website.

  2. Unzip the RDF4J SDK zip file.

  3. In a terminal, navigate to the RDF4J SDK directory, and then type the following command to run the RDF4J Console:


    You should see output similar to the following:

    14:11:51.126 [main] DEBUG o.e.r.c.platform.PlatformFactory - = linux 14:11:51.130 [main] DEBUG o.e.r.c.platform.PlatformFactory - Detected Posix platform Connected to default data directory RDF4J Console 2.1.5 2.1.5 Type 'help' for help. >

    You are now at the > prompt. This is the general prompt for the RDF4J Console. You use this prompt for setting up repositories and other operations. A repository has its own prompt for running queries.

  4. At the > prompt, type the following to create a SPARQL repository for your Neptune DB instance:

    create sparql
  5. The RDF4J Console prompts you for values for the variables required to connect to the SPARQL endpoint.

    Please specify values for the following variables:

    Specify the following values:

    Variable Name Value
    SPARQL query endpoint http://your-neptune-endpoint:8182/sparql
    SPARQL update endpoint http://your-neptune-endpoint:8182/sparql
    Local repository ID [endpoint@localhost] neptune
    Repository title [SPARQL endpoint repository @localhost] Neptune DB instance

    For information about finding the address of your Neptune DB instance, see the Amazon Neptune Endpoints section.

    If the operation is successful, you see the following message:

    Repository created
  6. At the > prompt, type the following to connect to the Neptune DB instance:

    open neptune

    If the operation is successful, you see the following message:

    Opened repository 'neptune'

    You are now at the neptune> prompt. At this prompt, you can run queries against the Neptune graph.


    Now that you have added the repository, the next time you run bin/, you can immediately run the open neptune command to connect to the Neptune DB instance.

  7. At the neptune> prompt, type the following to run a SPARQL query that returns up to 10 of the triples (subject-predicate-object) in the graph by using the ?s ?p ?o query with a limit of 10. To query for something else, replace the text after the sparql command with another SPARQL query.

    sparql select ?s ?p ?o where {?s ?p ?o} limit 10

    For more information about Amazon Neptune, see Next Steps.