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It was quite interesting to discover that DataStax no longer provides the DataStax Community version of Apache Cassandra or the DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed because it means folks will get less opportunity to learn how to use Cassandra because it makes it more difficult for beginning developers.

I spent a good hour sorting through what was available and then figuring out the real requirements to install Apache Cassandra 3.11. These are the instructions.

Install Java and JRE as Prerequisites

If you don’t have the JRE installed, you should download it from Oracle’s website and install it. After you download the latest version of the JRE package (jre-8u141-linux-x64.rpm). You should use the rpm utility to install the JRE package, like the following example:

rpm -ivh /home/student/Downloads/jre-8*.rpm

It should generate the following installation report:

Preparing...                          ################################# [100%]
	package jre1.8.0_141-1.8.0_141-fcs.x86_64 is already installed
sh-4.2# rpm -qa jre
sh-4.2# rpm -qf jre
error: file /jre: No such file or directory
sh-4.2# rpm -qa | grep jre
sh-4.2# rpm -qa | grep jre | rpm -qi
rpm: no arguments given for query
sh-4.2# rpm -qi `rpm -qa | grep jre`
Name        : jre1.8.0_141
Version     : 1.8.0_141
Release     : fcs
Architecture: x86_64
Install Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017 11:09:58 PM PDT
Group       : Development/Tools
Size        : 139460427
License     :
Signature   : (none)
Source RPM  : jre1.8.0_141-1.8.0_141-fcs.src.rpm
Build Date  : Wed 12 Jul 2017 04:47:52 AM PDT
Build Host  : jdk7-lin2-amd64
Relocations : /usr/java 
Packager    : Java Software <>
Vendor      : Oracle Corporation
URL         : URL_REF
Summary     : Java Platform Standard Edition Runtime Environment
Description :
The Java Platform Standard Edition Runtime Environment (JRE) contains
everything necessary to run applets and applications designed for the
Java platform. This includes the Java virtual machine, plus the Java
platform classes and supporting files.
The JRE is freely redistributable, per the terms of the included license.

Confirm Java and JRE Installation

You can check the current installed version of Java and JRE by using the alternatives utility with the --config option and the keyword of java or jre.

sh-4.2# alternatives --config java

It should generate the following list when you check for the java library:

There are 3 programs which provide 'java'.
  Selection    Command
*  1           /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-
 + 2           /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/java
   3           /usr/java/jre1.8.0_141/bin/java
Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number:

It should generate the following list when you check for the javac library:

There are 2 programs which provide 'javac'.
  Selection    Command
*  1           /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-
 + 2           /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/javac
Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number:

After installing and selecting them as the designated alternative, if you have more than one Java or JRE installed on your OS, you should create a configuration file for the root user. You should include the following to set your $PATH, $JAVA_HOME, and $JRE_HOME environment variables:

# Add the Java and JRE paths to the $PATH environments.
export set PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-
# Add the $JAVA_HOME and $JRE_HOME environment variables.
export set JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-
export set JRE_HOME=/usr

Install Apache Cassandra

The yum utility is the best way to install Apache Cassandra. However, you will need to configure the /etc/yum.repos.d/cassandra.repo before you attempt to install Cassandra 3.11 from the Apache organization, like this:

name=Apache Cassandra

After you’ve added the necessary yum configuration file and ensured you’re using both Java 1.8 and JRE 1.8, you can install Apache Cassandra with the following yum command as the root user or as a sudoer member with the sudo command:

yum install -y cassandra

If successful, you should see the following output:

Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
cassandra/signature                                         |  819 B  00:00     
cassandra/signature                                         | 2.9 kB  00:00 !!! 
mysql-connectors-community                                  | 2.5 kB  00:00     
mysql-tools-community                                       | 2.5 kB  00:00     
mysql56-community                                           | 2.5 kB  00:00 [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404 - Not Found
Trying other mirror.
updates/20/x86_64/metalink                                  | 2.6 kB  00:00     
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package cassandra.noarch 0:3.11.0-1 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package            Arch            Version            Repository          Size
 cassandra          noarch          3.11.0-1           cassandra           28 M
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package
Total download size: 28 M
Installed size: 37 M
Downloading packages:
warning: /var/cache/yum/x86_64/20/cassandra/packages/cassandra-3.11.0-1.noarch.rpm: Header V4 RSA/SHA256 Signature, key ID fe4b2bda: NOKEY
Public key for cassandra-3.11.0-1.noarch.rpm is not installed
cassandra-3.11.0-1.noarch.rpm                               |  28 MB  00:07     
Retrieving key from
Importing GPG key 0xF2833C93:
 Userid     : "Eric Evans <>"
 Fingerprint: cec8 6bb4 a0ba 9d0f 9039 7cae f835 8fa2 f283 3c93
 From       :
Importing GPG key 0x8D77295D:
 Userid     : "Eric Evans <>"
 Fingerprint: c496 5ee9 e301 5d19 2ccc f2b6 f758 ce31 8d77 295d
 From       :
Importing GPG key 0x2B5C1B00:
 Userid     : "Sylvain Lebresne (pcmanus) <>"
 Fingerprint: 5aed 1bf3 78e9 a19d ade1 bcb3 4bd7 36a8 2b5c 1b00
 From       :
Importing GPG key 0x0353B12C:
 Userid     : "T Jake Luciani <>"
 Fingerprint: 514a 2ad6 31a5 7a16 dd00 47ec 749d 6eec 0353 b12c
 From       :
Importing GPG key 0xFE4B2BDA:
 Userid     : "Michael Shuler <>"
 Fingerprint: a26e 528b 271f 19b9 e5d8 e19e a278 b781 fe4b 2bda
 From       :
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum.
  Installing : cassandra-3.11.0-1.noarch                                    1/1 
  Verifying  : cassandra-3.11.0-1.noarch                                    1/1 
  cassandra.noarch 0:3.11.0-1                                                   

Starting Cassandra

You should start Cassandra as the cassandra user. Before starting Cassandra, you need to create a .bashrc file for the cassandra user because one isn’t created by default since you can’t log on to the Linux OS as the cassandra user. The home directory for the cassandra user is /var/lib/cassandra and the owner of that directory is the root user.

As the root user, create the following .bashrc file for the cassandra user:

# Wrap sqlplus with rlwrap to edit prior lines with the
# up, down, left and right keys.
  if [ "$RLWRAP" = "0" ]; then
    cqlsh "$@"
    rlwrap cqlsh "$@"
# Set vi as a command line editor.
set -o vi
# Add the Java and JRE paths to the $PATH environments.
export set PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-
# Add the $JAVA_HOME and $JRE_HOME environment variables.
export set JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-
export set JRE_HOME=/usr

You should start Cassandra in background, like this:


Using Cassandra

As the student user in my developer Fedora instance, you should be able to connect using the following:


You will see the following:

Connected to Test Cluster at
[cqlsh 5.0.1 | Cassandra 3.11.0 | CQL spec 3.4.4 | Native protocol v4]
Use HELP for help.
cqlsh> HELP
Documented shell commands:
CQL help topics:
AGGREGATES               CREATE_KEYSPACE           DROP_TRIGGER      TEXT     
ALTER_TABLE              CREATE_TABLE              FUNCTIONS         TRUNCATE 
ALTER_TYPE               CREATE_TRIGGER            GRANT             TYPES    
ALTER_USER               CREATE_TYPE               INSERT            UPDATE   
APPLY                    CREATE_USER               INSERT_JSON       USE      
ASCII                    DATE                      INT               UUID     
BATCH                    DELETE                    JSON            
BEGIN                    DROP_AGGREGATE            KEYWORDS        
BOOLEAN                  DROP_FUNCTION             LIST_ROLES      
COUNTER                  DROP_INDEX                LIST_USERS      
CREATE_FUNCTION          DROP_ROLE                 SELECT          
CREATE_INDEX             DROP_TABLE                SELECT_JSON

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July 25th, 2017 at 9:23 pm

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