Datastax Java Driver for Apache Cassandra®

If you’re reading this on, please note that this is the readme for the development version and that some features described here might not yet have been released. You can find the documentation for the latest version through the Java driver docs or via the release tags, e.g. 3.7.2.

A modern, feature-rich and highly tunable Java client library for Apache Cassandra (2.1+) and using exclusively Cassandra’s binary protocol and Cassandra Query Language v3. Use the DataStax Enterprise Java driver for better compatibility and support for DataStax Enterprise.


The driver architecture is based on layers. At the bottom lies the driver core. This core handles everything related to the connections to a Cassandra cluster (for example, connection pool, discovering new nodes, etc.) and exposes a simple, relatively low-level API on top of which higher level layers can be built.

The driver contains the following modules:

  • driver-core: the core layer.
  • driver-mapping: the object mapper.
  • driver-extras: optional features for the Java driver.
  • driver-examples: example applications using the other modules which are only meant for demonstration purposes.
  • driver-tests: tests for the java-driver.

Useful links:

Getting the driver

The last release of the driver is available on Maven Central. You can install it in your application using the following Maven dependency (if using DataStax Enterprise, install the DataStax Enterprise Java driver instead):


Note that the object mapper is published as a separate artifact:


The ‘extras’ module is also published as a separate artifact:


We also provide a shaded JAR to avoid the explicit dependency to Netty.

If you can’t use a dependency management tool, a binary tarball is available for download.


The Java client driver 3.7.2 (branch 3.x) is compatible with Apache Cassandra 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0+ (see this page for the most up-to-date compatibility information).

UDT and tuple support is available only when using Apache Cassandra 2.1 or higher (see CQL improvements in Cassandra 2.1).

Other features are available only when using Apache Cassandra 2.0 or higher (e.g. result set paging, BatchStatement, lightweight transactions – see What’s new in Cassandra 2.0). Trying to use these with a cluster running Cassandra 1.2 will result in an UnsupportedFeatureException being thrown.

The java driver supports Java JDK versions 6 and above.

If using DataStax Enterprise, the DataStax Enterprise Java driver provides more features and better compatibility.

Disclaimer: Some DataStax/DataStax Enterprise products might partially work on big-endian systems, but DataStax does not officially support these systems.

Upgrading from previous versions

If you are upgrading from a previous version of the driver, be sure to have a look at the upgrade guide.

If you are upgrading to DataStax Enterprise, use the DataStax Enterprise Java driver for more features and better compatibility.


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