DataStax C++ driver

Use the unified DataStax C++ driver to connect to your DataStax Astra DB database and begin building your own application.

DataStax recommends using the unified DataStax C driver. If you have an existing Apache Cassandra or {company} Enterprise (DSE) C driver, migrate the driver to a version that is capable of connecting to Astra databases.


  • Download the DataStax C++ driver and dependency packages for your platform using the links in the following table:

Platform Download links

CentOS 6

Driver | Dependencies

CentOS 7

Driver | Dependencies

Ubuntu 14.04

Driver | Dependencies

Ubuntu 16.04

Driver | Dependencies

Ubuntu 18.04

Driver | Dependencies


Driver | Dependencies

Other platforms should build the driver from the source code packages.

  1. Using the packages you downloaded, follow the installation instructions for your platform to install the DataStax C++ driver.


  1. Create a connect_database.c file in the main directory for your C++ project.

cd my_project
touch connect_database.c
  1. Copy the following connection code into the connect_database.c file. The secure_connect_bundle must include the absolute path to your Astra database credentials (

The cass_cluster_set_contact_points() and cass_cluster_set_ssl() methods should not used in conjunction with the cass_cluster_set_cloud_secure_connection_bundle() method.

#include <cassandra.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
     /* Setup and connect to cluster */
     CassCluster* cluster = cass_cluster_new();
     CassSession* session = cass_session_new();

     /* Setup driver to connect to the cloud using the secure connection bundle */
     const char* secure_connect_bundle = "/path/to/";
     if (cass_cluster_set_cloud_secure_connection_bundle(cluster, secure_connect_bundle) != CASS_OK) {
       fprintf(stderr, "Unable to configure cloud using the secure connection bundle: %s\n",
       return 1;

     /* Set credentials provided when creating your database */
     cass_cluster_set_credentials(cluster, "clientID", "clientSecret");

     CassFuture* connect_future = cass_session_connect(session, cluster);

     if (cass_future_error_code(connect_future) == CASS_OK) {
       /* Use the session to run queries */
     } else {
       /* Handle error */


     return 0;
  1. Build and link your application against the DataStax C++ driver.

    • Linux or macOS

For static linking, use cassandra_static.a.

cc connect-database.c -I/path/to/cassandra.h -L/path/to/ -lcassandra
  • Windows Include these libraries in your Microsoft Visual Studio project by adding them to the project’s properties under Configuration Properties/Linker/Input/Additional Dependencies.

For static linking, use cassandra_static.lib.

Link your application against cassandra.lib. Your application will also require `cassandra.dll to be in your runtime path.

  1. After connecting to your database, use the following code to query your database. This code creates a CassStatement object to connect to your Astra DB database, runs a CQL query, and prints the output to the console.

/* Build statement and execute query */
const char_ query = "SELECT release_version FROM system.local";
CassStatement* statement = cass_statement_new(query, 0);

CassFuture* result_future = cass_session_execute(session, statement);

if (cass_future_error_code(result_future) == CASS_OK) {
  /* Retrieve result set and get the first row _/
  const CassResult_ result = cass_future_get_result(result_future);
  const CassRow* row = cass_result_first_row(result);

  if (row) {
    const CassValue* value = cass_row_get_column_by_name(row, "release_version");

    const char* release_version;
    size_t release_version_length;
    cass_value_get_string(value, &release_version, &release_version_length);
    printf("release_version: '%._s'\n", (int)release_version_length, release_version);

  } else {
    /_ Handle error _/
    const char_ message;
    size_t message_length;
    cass_future_error_message(result_future, &message, &message_length);
    fprintf(stderr, "Unable to run query: '%.*s'\n", (int)message_length, message);