nodetool bootstrap

Manage a node's bootstrap process.

Manage a node's bootstrap process.


nodetool [options] bootstrap [resume]
Cassandra tarball installations:
Table 1. Options
Short Long Description
-h --host Hostname or IP address.
-p --port Port number.
-pwf --password-file Password file path.
-pw --password Password.
-u --username Remote JMX agent username.
-- Separates an option from an argument that could be mistaken for a option.
  • For tarball installations, execute the command from the install_location/bin directory.
  • If a username and password for RMI authentication are set explicitly in the file for the host, then you must specify credentials.
  • nodetool bootstrap operates on a single node in the cluster if -h is not used to identify one or more other nodes. If the node from which you issue the command is the intended target, you do not need the -h option to identify the target; otherwise, for remote invocation, identify the target node, or nodes, using -h.


The nodetool bootstrap command can be used to manage a node's bootstrap process. If no argument is defined, the help information is displayed. If the argument resume is used, bootstrap streaming is resumed.


nodetool -u cassandra -pw cassandra bootstrap resume
The location of the file depends on the type of installation:
Cassandra package installations /etc/cassandra/
Cassandra tarball installations install_location/conf/