How To Set Up Cassandra Cluster in Less Than 2 Minutes

by Shahid Ashraf

In this article, I’ll walk you through the process to build a Cassandra cluster. Cassandra, is a highly scalable open source database system that achieves great performance when setup with multiple-nodes – even on different data centers. For the tutorial below, I’ll be using 4 Ubuntu 12.04 Linux machines that I’ve setup on Linode.

1. First Things First

There are a few prerequisites that you’ll need to make sure are on your boxes before you begin installing Apache Cassandra.

  •      Java 1.6 or higher
  •      Python
  •      Python fabric module

Installing Java :

sudo apt-get update -y"
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java -y
sudo apt-get update –y
echo oracle-java8-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | sudo /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default –y

Installing Cassandra:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -")
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cassandra.sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cassandra –y

2. Configure the Cassandra config file(cassandra.yaml):

It includes setting up following configurations,


2. Making things Easy:

In order to setup the cluster, I have created a code snippet, which uses python fabric module. It will setup the cluster and as well configure it. Clone it from here

from fabric.api import *
from fabric.contrib.files import exists
from fabric.api import env
import sys
from StringIO import StringIO
__author__ = ""
config_file = """clone git repo for code”””
def install_java(hostip,pswd):
	env.user = "root"
	env.host_string = hostip
	env.password =pswd
	run("sudo apt-get update -y")
	run("sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties -y")
	run("sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java -y")
	run("sudo apt-get update -y")
	run("echo oracle-java8-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | sudo /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections")
	run("sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default -y")
def install_cassandra(hostip,pswd):
	env.user = "root"
	env.host_string = hostip
	env.password =pswd
	run("wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -")
    run("""echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cassandra.sources.list""")
	run("sudo apt-get update")
	run ("""sudo apt-get install cassandra -y """)
def setup_cluster(hostip,pswd,seeds):
	env.user = "root"
	env.host_string = hostip
	env.password =pswd
	text = config_file.format(','.join(seeds),ip,ip)
	obj = StringIO(text)
	run("sudo service cassandra stop")
	sudo("rm -rf /var/lib/cassandra/data/system/*")
	run("sudo service cassandra start")
if __name__ == '__main__':
	env.forward_agent = True
    env.disable_known_hosts = True
   host_passwords = “password”
	cluster_ip_list = []	#Put list of ip address on which you want to setup the cluster, in my case it were four nodes.
	for ip in cluster_ip_list:
        install_java(ip, "password")
        install_cassandra(ip, "password")
        setup_cluster(ip, host_passwords, seeds=cluster_ip_list[0:2])

You have successfully set up Cassandra cluster on your system!


In this blog post i described the steps to manually create a cassandra cluster and also provided the python script which eases out all manual work and enables to create cassandra cluster in less the two minutes.


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