Datastax Ruby Driver for Apache Cassandra

If you’re reading this on GitHub, 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 latest version through ruby driver docs or via the release tags, e.g. v1.0.0-beta.3.

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A Ruby client driver for Apache Cassandra. This driver works exclusively with the Cassandra Query Language version 3 (CQL3) and Cassandra’s native protocol.

This driver is based on the cql-rb gem by Theo Hultberg and we added support for:


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 and partially 2.1
  • DataStax Enterprise 3.1, 3.2, 4.0 and 4.5
  • Ruby (MRI) 1.9.3, 2.0 and 2.1
  • JRuby 1.7
  • Rubinius 2.2

Note: Apache Cassandra 2.1 support is limited to the Cassandra 2.0 API, e.g. no user-defined types.

Note: JRuby 1.6 is not officially supported, although 1.6.8 should work.

Quick start

require 'cassandra'

cluster = Cassandra.cluster # connects to localhost by default

cluster.each_host do |host| # automatically discovers all peers
  puts "Host #{host.ip}: id=#{} datacenter=#{host.datacenter} rack=#{host.rack}"

keyspace = 'system'
session  = cluster.connect(keyspace) # create session, optionally scoped to a keyspace, to execute queries

future = session.execute_async('SELECT keyspace_name, columnfamily_name FROM schema_columnfamilies') # fully asynchronous api
future.on_success do |rows|
  rows.each do |row|
    puts "The keyspace #{row['keyspace_name']} has a table called #{row['columnfamily_name']}"

The host you specify is just a seed node, the driver will automatically discover all peers in the cluster.

Read more:


Install via rubygems

gem install cassandra-driver

Install via Gemfile

gem 'cassandra-driver', '~> 1.0.0'

Note: if you want to use compression you should also install snappy or lz4-ruby. Read more about compression.

Upgrading from cql-rb

Some of the new features added to the driver have unfortunately led to changes in the original cql-rb API. In the examples directory, you can find an example of how to wrap the ruby driver to achieve almost complete interface parity with cql-rb to assist you with gradual upgrade.

What’s new in v1.0.0

Current release introduces the following new features:

Code examples

The DataStax Ruby Driver uses the awesome Cucumber Framework for both end-to-end, or acceptance, testing and constructing 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

If you don’t feel like reading through the following instructions on how to run ruby-driver tests, feel free to check out .travis.yml for the entire build code.

  • Check out the driver codebase and install test dependencies:
git clone
cd ruby-driver
bundle install --without docs
bundle exec cucumber # runs end-to-end tests (or bundle exec rake cucumber)
bundle exec rspec # runs unit tests (or bundle exec rake rspec)
bundle exec rake integration # run integration tests
bundle exec rake test # run both as well as integration tests

Changelog & versioning

Check out the releases on GitHub and changelog. Version numbering follows the semantic versioning scheme.

Private and experimental APIs, defined as whatever is not in the public API documentation, i.e. classes and methods marked as @private, will change without warning. If you’ve been recommended to try an experimental API by the maintainers, please let them know if you depend on that API. Experimental APIs will eventually become public, and knowing how they are used helps in determining their maturity.

Prereleases will be stable, in the sense that they will have finished and properly tested features only, but may introduce APIs that will change before the final release. Please use the prereleases and report bugs, but don’t deploy them to production without consulting the maintainers, or doing extensive testing yourself. If you do deploy to production please let the maintainers know as this helps determining the maturity of the release.

Known bugs & limitations

  • JRuby 1.6 is not officially supported, although 1.6.8 should work, if you’re stuck in JRuby 1.6.8 try and see if it works for you.
  • Because the driver reactor is using, the maximum number of tcp connections allowed is 1024.
  • Because the driver uses IO#write_nonblock, Windows is not supported.

Please refer to the usage documentation for more information on common pitfalls


This driver is based on the original work of Theo Hultberg on cql-rb and adds a series of advanced features that are common across all other DataStax drivers for Apache Cassandra.

The development effort to provide an up to date, high performance, fully featured Ruby Driver for Apache Cassandra will continue on this project, while cql-rb will be discontinued.

Copyright 2013-2014 DataStax, Inc.

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