DataStax PHP Driver for Apache Cassandra

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

This is a wrapper around the DataStax C/C++ Driver for Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise.

What’s new in v1.2.0:

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Quick Start

$cluster   = Cassandra::cluster()                 // connects to localhost by default
$keyspace  = 'system';
$session   = $cluster->connect($keyspace);        // create session, optionally scoped to a keyspace
$statement = new Cassandra\SimpleStatement(       // also supports prepared and batch statements
    'SELECT keyspace_name, columnfamily_name FROM schema_columnfamilies'
$future    = $session->executeAsync($statement);  // fully asynchronous and easy parallel execution
$result    = $future->get();                      // wait for the result, with an optional timeout

foreach ($result as $row) {                       // results and rows implement Iterator, Countable and ArrayAccess
    printf("The keyspace %s has a table called %s\n", $row['keyspace_name'], $row['columnfamily_name']);


pecl install cassandra

Read detailed instructions on building and installing the extension


This driver works exclusively with the Cassandra Query Language v3 (CQL3) and Cassandra’s native protocol. The current version works with:

  • Apache Cassandra versions 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0+
  • DataStax Enterprise 3.1, 3.2, 4.0 and 4.5
  • PHP 5.5+ and PHP 7.0+
  • Compilers: GCC 4.1.2+, Clang 3.4+, and MSVC 2010/2012/2013/2015


Read our contribution policy for a detailed description of the process.

Code examples

The DataStax PHP Driver uses the amazing Behat Framework for both end-to-end, or acceptance, testing and documentation. All of the features supported by the driver have appropriate acceptance tests with easy-to-copy code examples in the features/ directory.

Running tests

For your convenience a Vagrantfile with configuration ready for testing is available. To execute tests, run the following:

git clone
cd php-driver
git submodule update --init
vagrant up
vagrant ssh

Once you’ve logged in to the vagrant VM, run:

cd /usr/local/src/php-driver

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