Dropping data, schema, and graphs

Data, schema, and graphs can be dropped in the Gremlin console as follows:

  • Drop data

  • To drop all data without dropping a graph and schema, drop all vertices.

    gremlin> g.V().drop().iterate()
  • To drop specific data, such as all author vertices, identify the vertices along with a drop traversal step.

    gremlin> g.V().hasLabel('author').drop()

    If a very large number of vertices will be dropped with the command shown above, DSE Graph may complain. In that case, modify the drop() command in the following manner:



    + and repeat until all vertices are dropped.

  • To drop a property key from an edge, such as rated edges, identify the edges, the property key stars along with a drop traversal step.

    gremlin> g.E().hasLabel('rated').properties('stars').drop()

    This query will drop the property key stars for all edges that have a rated edge label.

    gremlin> g.E().hasLabel('rated').properties('stars').valueMap()

    returns no values.

    For data created earlier than DSE 5.0.5, conditions exist that will drop all edges as well as the edge property during a property key drop. See Dropping edge property drops edges.

  • Drop schema

  • To drop the schema and all data without dropping the graph, use a clear() step. Running describe() after will verify that the schema is dropped. After the schema is dropped, new schema and data can be loaded to the graph.

    gremlin> schema.clear()

    Currently, certain schema elements such as a vertex label cannot be individually modified or removed. If a change to the schema is necessary, drop the whole schema as detailed above and recreate.

  • Drop index

  • To drop an index from the schema, such as the byMeal index, identify the index by name. Use describe() to examine all indexes for the desired vertex label.

    gremlin> schema.vertexLabel('meal').describe()
  • Using the vertex label and index name, remove the index. Running describe() again will verify that the index is removed.

    gremlin> schema.vertexLabel('meal').index('byMeal').remove()
  • Dropping a graph

  • Dropping a graph will clear all schema and data as well as deleting the graph. A system command is required to drop a graph. In order to use system commands, the graph traversal alias must be cleared. A configuration reset clears the alias.

    gremlin> :remote config alias reset

    System commands are not accessible when a graph is aliased.

    ==>Aliases cleared
  • Optional: If unsure of the graph name, examine what graphs exist.

    gremlin> system.graphs()
  • Drop the desired graph.Best practice is to truncate a graph before removing it, for better performance.

    gremlin> system.graph('food').truncate()
    gremlin> system.graph('food').drop()

    Graphs use many tables in the storage system. If a graph is no longer in use, drop it to ensure that you stay within the acceptable limit of the number of tables.


Was this helpful?

Give Feedback

How can we improve the documentation?

© 2024 DataStax | Privacy policy | Terms of use

Apache, Apache Cassandra, Cassandra, Apache Tomcat, Tomcat, Apache Lucene, Apache Solr, Apache Hadoop, Hadoop, Apache Pulsar, Pulsar, Apache Spark, Spark, Apache TinkerPop, TinkerPop, Apache Kafka and Kafka are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation or its subsidiaries in Canada, the United States and/or other countries. Kubernetes is the registered trademark of the Linux Foundation.

General Inquiries: +1 (650) 389-6000, info@datastax.com