How to Install Apache Cassandra on CentOS 8

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Install Apache Cassandra on CentOS 8

Apache Cassandra is a free and open-source NoSQL database with no single point of failure. It provides linear scalability and high availability without compromising performance. Apache Cassandra is used by many companies that have large, active data sets, including Reddit, NetFlix, Instagram, and Github.

This article explains how to install Apache Cassandra on CentOS 8.

Installing Apache Cassandra

The easiest way to install Apache Cassandra on CentOS 8 is by installing the rpm package from the official Apache Cassandra repository.

The latest version of Apache Cassandra is 3.11 and requires OpenJDK 8 to be installed on the system.

Run the following command as root or user with sudo privileges to install OpenJDK :

sudo dnf install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

Once completed, verify the installation by printing the Java version :

java -version

The output should look something like this:

openjdk version "1.8.0_262"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_262-b10)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.262-b10, mixed mode)

Now that Java is installed, the next step is to add the Apache Cassandra repository.

Open your text editor and create the following repository file:

sudo nano /etc/yum.repos.d/cassandra.repo

Paste the following content into the file:

name=Apache Cassandra

Save the file and install the latest version of Apache Cassandra by typing:

sudo dnf install cassandra

When prompted, type y to import the GPG keys.

Once the installation is completed, start and enable the Cassandra service:

sudo systemctl start cassandrasudo systemctl enable cassandra

Verify that Cassandra is running by typing:

nodetool status

You should see something similar to this:

Datacenter: datacenter1
|/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
--  Address    Load       Tokens  Owns (effective)  Host ID                               Rack
UN  69.99 KiB  256     100.0%            ce0389a3-b48c-4cc9-b594-abe23e677d33  rack1

That’s it. At this point, you have Apache Cassandra installed on your CentOS server.

Configuring Apache Cassandra

Apache Cassandra data is stored in the /var/lib/cassandra directory, configuration files are located in /etc/cassandra and Java start-up options can be configured in the /etc/default/cassandra file.

By default, Cassandra is configured to listen on localhost only. If the client connecting to the database is also running on the same host, you don’t need to change the default configuration file.

To interact with Cassandra through CQL (the Cassandra Query Language), you can use a command line utility named cqlsh that is shipped with the Cassandra package.

cqlsh requires Python 2 to be in the system’s PATH . If you don’t have Python 2 installed on the server, you can do it with the following commands:

sudo dnf install python2sudo alternatives --set python /usr/bin/python2

Once python is set up, run cqlsh to access the CQL shell:

[cqlsh 5.0.1 | Cassandra 3.11.7 | CQL spec 3.4.4 | Native protocol v4]
Use HELP for help.

Renaming Apache Cassandra Cluster

By default, the Cassandra cluster is named “Test Cluster”. If you want to change the cluster name, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to the Cassandra CQL terminal with cqlsh:


    The following command will change the cluster name to “Linuxize Cluster”:

    UPDATE system.local SET cluster_name = 'Linuxize Cluster' WHERE KEY = 'local';

    Replace “Linuxize Cluster” with your desired name. Once done, type exit to exit the console.

  2. Open the cassandra.yaml configuration file, search for “cluster_name” and enter your new cluster name:

    sudo nano /etc/cassandra/default.conf/cassandra.yaml
    cluster_name: 'Linuxize Cluster'
  3. Clear the system cache:

    nodetool flush system
  4. Finally restart the Cassandra service:

    sudo systemctl restart cassandra


We’ve shown you how to install Apache Cassandra on CentOS 8. You can now visit the official Apache Cassandra Documentation page and learn how to get started with Cassandra.

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