Drop a keyspace

Use the DROP KEYSPACE command to remove a keyspace along with all its data objects and data, such as tables, and any user-defined types, functions, and aggregates contained in the keyspace.

When auto_snapshot is enabled in the cassandra.yaml, the keyspace is automatically backed up on the node where the command is executed. To manually backup the keyspace, see Taking a snapshot.


  • A keyspace must exist.

Drop a keyspace and check

  1. Drop the keyspace.

    DROP KEYSPACE cycling;
  2. If you prefer to check the keyspace’s existence before dropping, use:

WARNING: cqlsh was built against 5.0-beta1, but this server is 5.0.  All features may not work!

CREATE KEYSPACE cycling WITH replication = {'class': 'SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor': '1'}  AND durable_writes = true;

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