Installing DataStax Bulk Loader 1.4.0

Install DataStax Bulk Loader to load and unload DSE or DDAC data efficiently and reliably.

DataStax Bulk Loader (dsbulk) lets you load and unload data in and out of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra™ (DDAC) databases efficiently and reliably. DataStax recommends using the latest dsbulk version, which is currently 1.4.0.
Attention: Before upgrading to DataStax Bulk Loader 1.4.0, note that this release adds support for the latest 2.x version of the DataStax Java driver. Many new driver options are available directly with dsbulk commands via the datastax-java-driver prefix. Along with the enhancements, DataStax Bulk Loader supports DDAC/DSE 4.7 and later, and Apache Cassandra™ 2.1 and later. Prior releases of DSE and Apache Cassandra are not supported.

If you are using earlier releases of DSE or Apache Cassandra, you must use or remain on DataStax Bulk Loader 1.3.4.

For open source Apache Cassandra 2.1 and later, DataStax Bulk Loader supports unload operations only.

You can use dsbulk as a standalone tool that remotely connects to a cluster. The tool is not required to run locally on a cluster node, but can be used in this configuration.


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  1. Download the tarball from the DataStax Download page. If you agree, enable the Terms checkbox and click the download icon.
  2. Unpack the distribution.
    tar -xzvf dsbulk-1.4.0.tar.gz

    The files are downloaded and extracted into the current directory.

What's next

If you previously used a package install of DSE or DDAC on the node where you just installed dsbulk, a prior version of dsbulk was included, such as 1.2.0 or 1.3.0. After unpacking the latest version of dsbulk from the standalone tarball, update your PATH so that it points to the new version. For example, on a Unix node, edit your $HOME/.bashrc file, adding a command such as:
export PATH=path-to-unpacked-location/dsbulk-1.4.0/bin:$PATH
From the command line, execute your updated .bashrc, and verify the dsbulk version. Example:
source ~/.bashrc
dsbulk --version
DataStax Bulk Loader v1.4.0
Next, learn how to get started with dsbulk.