DataStax Desktop FAQ

Frequently asked questions about DataStax Desktop.

What is a DataStax Desktop stack?
A stack is set of containers that enables you to explore various DataStax products.
Stacks allow you to explore what DataStax Enterprise (DSE) and Apache Cassandra can do by giving you access to Cassandra Query Language (CQL), DSE Graph, and Spark SQL. For example, the DataStax Enterprise 6.8 stack is composed of DSE, DataStax Studio, and DataStax OpsCenter components..
What are the requirements to provision a stack?
Requirements vary by the stack you provision. DataStax Desktop shows the requirements for each stack before provisioning.
How do I adjust my local Docker resources?
You can adjust your Docker resources in the Advanced settings for Docker. See the Docker documentation:
How do I remove all of my stacks?
In Settings, select Reset DataStax Desktop to remove all settings, data, and containers. Confirm you want to Reset DataStax Desktop.
What version of Cassandra is used in the Guided Experience?
The Guided Experience uses Cassandra 3.11.6.
What version of CQL is supported?

DSE 6.8 and Cassandra 3.11.6 support CQL version 3.4.4.

How many Cassandra nodes are in the cluster when I start it using DataStax Desktop?
One. The current learning sessions are focused on the foundations of understanding and modeling your Cassandra tables with CQL and not on the deployment options.
Why the Guided Experience?
Often, the best way to learn is with incremental steps and actual hands-on examples. As such, the Guided Experience involving a Netflix dataset preloads thousands of records into a Cassandra 3.x database for learning and experimenting with CQL. The idea is to stay on track, stay focused, and learn by doing.
Is there a dark mode setting?
Yes. Enable or disable dark mode under Settings > Toggle Dark Mode.
If I choose to Allow Application Metrics, what types of metrics are collected?
DataStax collects basic usage information to improve our understanding of how the application is being used for future enhancements. These details include page changes, application launching, Docker status changes, and other actions that are relevant to only DataStax Desktop. DataStax also captures your operating system, screen size, and window size, plus an approximate location based on your IP address; DataStax does not collect your IP address. All data is anonymous. We do not capture the queries and statements you execute against your database, nor track any other database operations. If Desktop encounters an error while downloading, provisioning, or starting a component, we capture the error message.
Can I get to the CQL Shell outside of the Guided Experience?
Yes, you can select Launch CQL Shell on the detail screen for the Apache Cassandra stack, or navigate to http://localhost:8888/ in your preferred web browser. Either way, the CQL Shell targets your Cassandra database specific to your experience.
How do I remove a stack after it has been provisioned?
From the Stacks screen, select Remove Stack to permanently remove the stack. To temporarily stop a stack, select Stop Stack.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions or want to post a feature request, visit the DataStax Community.