nodetool getsstables

Returns the SSTable that owns the partition key.


nodetool [<connection_options>] getsstables
[-hf] [--] <keyspace_name> <table_name> <partition_key>
Syntax conventions Description


Literal keyword.


Not literal.


Variable value. Replace with a valid option or user-defined value.

[ ]

Optional. Square brackets ( [ ] ) surround optional command arguments. Do not type the square brackets.

( )

Group. Parentheses ( ( ) ) identify a group to choose from. Do not type the parentheses.


Or. A vertical bar ( | ) separates alternative elements. Type any one of the elements. Do not type the vertical bar.


Repeatable. An ellipsis ( ... ) indicates that you can repeat the syntax element as often as required.

'<Literal string>'

Single quotation ( ' ) marks must surround literal strings in CQL statements. Use single quotation marks to preserve upper case.

{ <key>:<value> }

Map collection. Braces ( { } ) enclose map collections or key value pairs. A colon separates the key and the value.


Set, list, map, or tuple. Angle brackets ( < > ) enclose data types in a set, list, map, or tuple. Separate the data types with a comma.


End CQL statement. A semicolon ( ; ) terminates all CQL statements.

[ -- ]

Separate the command line options from the command arguments with two hyphens ( -- ). This syntax is useful when arguments might be mistaken for command line options.

' <<schema> ... </schema> >'

Search CQL only: Single quotation marks ( ' ) surround an entire XML schema declaration.


Search CQL only: Identify the entity and literal value to overwrite the XML element in the schema and solrconfig files.


The short- and long-form options are comma-separated.

Connection options

-h, --host hostname

The hostname or IP address of a remote node or nodes. When omitted, the default is the local machine.

-p, --port jmx_port

The JMX port number.

-pw, --password jmxpassword

The JMX password for authenticating with secure JMX. If a password is not provided, you are prompted to enter one.

-pwf, --password-file jmx_password_filepath

The filepath to the file that stores JMX authentication credentials.

-u, --username jmx_username

The username for authenticating with secure JMX.

Command arguments


Separates an option from an argument that could be mistaken for an option.

-hf, --hex-format

Specify the key in hexadecimal string format.


Partition key of the end points you want to get.


The keyspace name.


The table name.


Get the SSTable that owns the given partition

nodetool getsstables cycling cyclist_name fb372533-eb95-4bb4-8685-6ef61e994caa



The hex string representation of the partition key is useful to resolve errors, such as which SSTable owns the faulty partition key for this exception:

nodetool getsstables -hf cycling stats 00040000002e00000800000153441a3ef000



When the primary key of the given table is a blob, get the DecoratedKey from the hexidecimal representation of the partition key:

nodetool getsstables -hf cycling stats 00040000002e00000800000153441a3ef000



Get the SSTables by specifying the full primary key

nodetool getsstables cycling rank_by_year_and_name "2014:4th Tour of Beijing"



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