Perform routine operations with dse commands

Use these DSE commands for operations.


[-f <config_file> |
-u <username> -p <password>]
[-a <jmx_username> [-b <jmx_password>]]
<command> [<options>]
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.

Specify how to connect and authenticate to the database for dse commands.

This list shows short form (-f <filename>) and long form (--config-file=<filename>):

-f, --config-file config_filename

File path to configuration file that stores credentials. The credentials in this configuration file override the ~/.dserc credentials. If not specified, then use ~/.dserc if it exists.

The configuration file can contain DataStax Enterprise and JMX login credentials. For example:


The credentials in the configuration file are stored in clear text. DataStax recommends restricting access to this file only to the specific user.

-u username

Role to authenticate for database access.

-p, --password password

Password to authenticate for database access.

-a, --jmxusername jmx_username

User name for authenticating with secure local JMX.

-b, --jmxpassword jmx_password

Password for authenticating with secure local JMX. If you do not provide a password, you are prompted to enter one.


To authenticate a connection using a configuration file

dse -f configfile

dse add-node

For DSE Multi-Instance, this command simplifies adding and configuring a node on a host machine.

dse cassandra

Starts the database in transactional mode. Command options start the database in other modes and enable advanced features on a node.

dse cassandra-stop

Stops the DataStax Enterprise process.

dse list-nodes

Lists the nodes that are configured for the DSE Multi-Instance host machine.

dse remove-node

Removes a node that is configured for the DSE Multi-Instance host machine.

dse -v

Sends the DataStax Enterprise version number to standard output. Does not require authentication.

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