DataStax C/C++ Driver for Apache Cassandra

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A modern, feature-rich, and highly tunable C/C++ client library for Apache Cassandra (1.2+) and DataStax Enterprise (3.1+) using exclusively Cassandra’s native protocol and Cassandra Query Language v3.

Note: DataStax products do not support big-endian systems.

What’s New in 2.5/2.6

More information about features included in 2.3 can be found in this blog post.

Upgrading from 2.0 or 2.1 to 2.2+

The new schema metadata API in 2.2 required some breaking API changes. Applications that used the previous schema metadata API from 2.0 and 2.1 will require some small modifications to use the new API. More information about the new schema metadata API can be found in this blog post.

Upgrading from 1.0 to 2.0+

There were a couple breaking API changes between 1.0 and 2.0 that are documented here.



This release is compatible with Apache Cassandra 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0.

A complete compatibility matrix for both Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise can be found here.


Binary packages are available for CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows. Packages for the driver’s dependencies, libuv (1.x) and OpenSSL, are also provided under the dependencies directory for each platform e.g. CentOS 7, Ubuntu 14.04, Windows.

Note: CentOS and Ubuntu use the version of OpenSSL provided with the distribution.

The driver can also be built from source.

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There are several examples provided here: examples.

A Simple Example

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

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  /* Setup and connect to cluster */
  CassFuture* connect_future = NULL;
  CassCluster* cluster = cass_cluster_new();
  CassSession* session = cass_session_new();
  char* hosts = "";
  if (argc > 1) {
    hosts = argv[1];

  /* Add contact points */
  cass_cluster_set_contact_points(cluster, hosts);

  /* Provide the cluster object as configuration to connect the session */
  connect_future = cass_session_connect(session, cluster);

  if (cass_future_error_code(connect_future) == CASS_OK) {
    CassFuture* close_future = NULL;

    /* 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);


    /* Close the session */
    close_future = cass_session_close(session);
  } else {
    /* Handle error */
    const char* message;
    size_t message_length;
    cass_future_error_message(connect_future, &message, &message_length);
    fprintf(stderr, "Unable to connect: '%.*s'\n", (int)message_length, message);


  return 0;


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