Getting Started


Directions for installing the driver can be found here.

Upgrading From The Core C/C++ Driver

Connecting the driver is is the same as the core C/C++ driver except that dse.h should be included instead of cassandra.h which is automatically included by dse.h.

/* Include the DSE driver */
#include <dse.h>

int main() {
  /* Setup and connect to cluster */
  CassFuture* connect_future = NULL;
  CassCluster* cluster = cass_cluster_new();
  CassSession* session = cass_session_new();

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

  /* 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) {

    /* Run queries here */

    /* Close the session */
    CassFuture* 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,

  /* Cleanup driver objects */

  return 0;

Building against the DSE driver

Your application will need to link against the dse library. On Linux or OS X your application will link against (or dse_static.a for static linking). Here’s how you would link on those platforms:

# cc example.c -I<path to dse.h> -L<path to> -ldse

On Windows your application will need to link against dse.lib (or dse_static.lib for static linking). When linking against dse.lib your application will also require dse.dll at runtime.

These libraries (dse.lib or dse_static.lib) can be added to your MS Visual Studio project by adding them to project’s properties under Configuration Properties/Linker/Input/Additional Dependencies.