Connecting to your database with the DataStax C++ driver

Use the DataStax C++ driver to connect to your database created using the DataStax Cloud console.

Use the unified DataStax C++ driver to connect to your DataStax Astra database and begin building your own application.
Tip: DataStax recommends using the unified DataStax C++ driver. If you have an existing Apache Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise (DSE) C++ driver, migrate the driver to a version that is capable of connecting to Astra databases.


  1. Download the secure connect bundle to obtain connection credentials for your DataStax Astra database.
  2. Download the DataStax C++ driver and dependency packages for your platform using the links in the following table.
  3. 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
  2. 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 (

    Note: 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, "username", "password");
         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;
  3. Build and link your application against the DataStax C++ driver.
    • Linux or macOS

      Note: 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.

      Note: 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.

  4. After connecting to your Astra database, use the following code to query your database.

    This code creates a CassStatement object to connect to your Astra 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);

What's next

Build your application. See the DataStax C++ driver documentation for more information about using the DataStax C++ driver.