Getting started with the Spark Cassandra Connector Java API

The Spark Cassandra Connector Java API allows you to create Java applications that use Spark to analyze Cassandra data.

The Spark Cassandra Connector Java API allows you to create Java applications that use Spark to analyze Cassandra data.

Using the Java API in SBT build files

Add the following library dependency to the build.sbt or other SBT build file.

libraryDependencies + =" com.datastax.spark " %%" spark-cassandra-connector-java_2.10 " %" 1.4.0 " withSources() withJavadoc()

Using the Java API in Maven build files

Add the following dependencies to the pom.xml file:


To use the helper classes included in dse-spark.jar in your applications, copy dse-spark.jar to project_directory/lib and add the following dependency to your pom.xml file:


Alternately, you can manually install dse-spark.jar in your local repository.

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=path/dse-spark-version number.jar -DgroupId=com.datastax -DartifactId=dse -Dversion=version number -Dpackaging=jar

And then add the dependency to pom.xml:


Accessing Cassandra data in Java applications

To perform Spark actions on Cassandra table data, you first obtain a CassandraJavaRDD object, a subclass of the JavaRDD class. The CassandraJavaRDD is the Java language equivalent of the CassandraRDD object used in Scala applications.

To create the CassandraJavaRDD object, create a Spark configuration object, which is then used to create a Spark context object.

SparkConf conf = new SparkConf()
                .setAppName( "My application");
SparkContext sc = new SparkContext(conf);
The default location of the dse-spark-version.jar file depends on the type of installation:
Installer-Services and Package installations /usr/share/dse/dse-spark-version.jar
Installer-No Services and Tarball installations install_location/lib/dse-spark-version.jar

Use the static methods of the com.datastax.spark.connector.japi.CassandraJavaUtil class to get and manipulate CassandraJavaRDD instances. To get a new CassandraJavaRDD instance, call one of the javaFunctions methods in CassandraJavaUtil, pass in a context object, and then call the cassandraTable method and pass in the keyspace, table name, and mapping class.

JavaRDDstring cassandraRdd = CassandraJavaUtil.javaFunctions(sc)
        .cassandraTable("my_keyspace", "my_table", .mapColumnTo(String.class))

Mapping Cassandra column data to Java types

You can specify the Java type of a single column from a table row by specifying the type in when creating the CassandraJavaRDD<T> instance and calling the mapColumnTo method and passing in the type. Then call the select method to set the column name in Cassandra.

JavaRDD<Integer> cassandraRdd = CassandraJavaUtil.javaFunctions(sc)
        .cassandraTable("my_keyspace", "my_table", .mapColumnTo(Integer.class))

JavaBeans classes can be mapped using the mapRowTo method. The JavaBeans property names should correspond to the column names following the default mapping rules. For example, the firstName property will map by default to the first_name column name.

JavaRDD<Person> personRdd = CassandraJavaUtil.javaFunctions(sc)
                .cassandraTable("my_keyspace", "my_table", mapRowTo(Person.class));

CassandraJavaPairRDD<T, T> instances are extensions of the JavaPairRDD class, and have mapping readers for rows and columns similar to the previous examples. These pair RDDs typically are used for key/value pairs, where the first type is the key and the second type is the value.

When mapping a single column for both the key and the value, call mapColumnTo and specify the key and value types, then the select method and pass in the key and value column names.

CassandraJavaPairRDD<Integer, String> pairRdd = CassandraJavaUtil.javaFunctions(sc)
        .cassandraTable("my_keyspace", "my_table", mapColumnTo(Integer.class), mapColumnTo(String.class))
        select("id", "first_name");

Use the mapRowTo method to map row data to a Java type. For example, to create a pair RDD instance with the primary key and then a JavaBeans object:

CassandraJavaPairRDD<Integer, Person> idPersonRdd = CassandraJavaUtil.javaFunctions(sc)
        .cassandraTable("my_keyspace", "my_table", mapColumnTo(Integer.class), mapRowTo(Person.class))
        .select("id", "first_name", "last_name", "birthdate", "email");

Saving data to Cassandra

To save data from an RDD to Cassandra call the writerBuilder method on the CassandraJavaRDD instance, passing in the keyspace, table name, and optionally type mapping information for the column or row.

                .writerBuilder("my_keyspace", "my_table", mapToRow(Person.class)).saveToCassandra();