DataStax Enterprise 4.0

Solr getting started tutorial

Steps for setting up Cassandra and Solr for the tutorial.

Setting up Cassandra and Solr for this tutorial involves the same basic steps as setting up a typical DSE Search/Solr application:
  • Create a Cassandra table.
  • Import data.
  • Create a search index.

These steps for setting up Cassandra and Solr are explained in detail in this tutorial. After completing the setup, you use DSE Search/Solr to perform simple queries, sort the query results, and construct facet queries.

In this tutorial, you use some sample data from a health-related census.


This setup assumes you started DataStax Enterprise in DSE Search/Solr mode and downloaded the sample data and tutorial files. The tutorial files consist of a Solr schema that corresponds to the CQL table definition, which uses a compound primary key. The partitioning key is the id column and the clustering key is the age column. Also included in the schema are several copy fields and a multivalued field that are used for the faceted search.


  1. Download the sample data and tutorial files.
  2. Unzip the files you downloaded in the DataStax Enterprise installation home directory.
    A solr_CQL3tutorial directory is created that contains the following files.
    • copy_nhanes.cql

      The COPY command you use to import data

    • create_nhanes.cql

      The Cassandra CQL table definition

    • nhanes52.csv

      The CSV (comma separated value) data

    • schema.xml

      The Solr schema

    • solrconfig.xml

      The Solr configuration file

  3. Take a look at these files using your favorite editor.
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