DataStax Java Driver for Apache Cassandra®

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A modern, feature-rich and highly tunable Java client library for Apache Cassandra® (2.1+) and DataStax Enterprise (4.7+), and DataStax Astra, using exclusively Cassandra’s binary protocol and Cassandra Query Language (CQL) v3.

Getting the driver

The driver artifacts are published in Maven central, under the group id com.datastax.oss; there are multiple modules, all prefixed with java-driver-.




Note that the query builder is now published as a separate artifact, you’ll need to add the dependency if you plan to use it.

Refer to each module’s manual for more details (core, query builder, mapper).


The driver is compatible with Apache Cassandra® 2.1 and higher, DataStax Enterprise 4.7 and higher, and DataStax Astra.

It requires Java 8 or higher.

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

Connecting to DataStax Astra

The driver comes with built-in support for Astra, DataStax’s cloud-native Cassandra-as-a-service offering. See the dedicated manual page for more details.

Migrating from previous versions

Java driver 4 is not binary compatible with previous versions. However, most of the concepts remain unchanged, and the new API will look very familiar to 2.x and 3.x users.

See the upgrade guide for details.

Error Handling

See the Cassandra error handling done right blog for error handling with the DataStax Java Driver for Apache Cassandra™.


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