cqlsh commands The cqlsh commands. Important: The commands listed on this page, and described in this section, work only within the cqlsh shell. These commands are not accessible from drivers. cqlsh Start the CQL interactive terminal. Creating and using the cqlshrc file CAPTURE Captures command output and appends it to a file. CONSISTENCY Shows the current consistency level, or given a level, sets it. COPY Imports and exports CSV (comma-separated values) data to and from Cassandra. DESCRIBE Provides information about the connected Cassandra cluster, or about the data objects stored in the cluster. EXPAND Formats the output of a query vertically. EXIT Terminates cqlsh. PAGING Enables or disables query paging. SHOW Shows the Cassandra version, host, or tracing information for the current cqlsh client session. SOURCE Executes a file containing CQL statements. TRACING Enables or disables request tracing.