nodetool removenode

Returns the status of current node removal. Forces completion of pending removal or removes identified node.

Run this command only on nodes that are down because this command triggers cluster streaming. In large environments, the additional streaming activity causes more pending gossip tasks in the output of nodetool tpstats. Nodes can start to appear offline and might need to be restarted to clear up the backlog of pending gossip tasks.

Use when nodetool decommission cannot be used. If the cluster does not use vnodes, adjust the tokens before running this command.


nodetool [<connection_options>] removenode
[--] <status> | <force> | <ID>
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


Force completion of pending removal.


UUID of node to remove.


Show status of current node removal.


Determine UUID of the node to remove

nodetool status
Datacenter: DC1
|/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
--  Address        Load       Tokens  Owns (effective)  Host ID               Rack
UN  112.82 KB  256     31.7%             420129fc-0d84-42b0-be41-ef7dd3a8ad06  RAC1
DN  91.11 KB   256     33.9%             d0844a21-3698-4883-ab66-9e2fd5150edd  RAC1
UN  124.42 KB  256     32.6%             8d5ed9f4-7764-4dbd-bad8-43fddce94b7c  RAC1

Remove down node with UUID

nodetool removenode status
RemovalStatus: No token removals in process.

Confirm node has been removed

nodetool status

The removed node no longer shows in the Host ID column.

Datacenter: DC1
|/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
--  Address        Load       Tokens  Owns (effective)  Host ID               Rack
UN  112.82 KB  256     37.7%             420129fc-0d84-42b0-be41-ef7dd3a8ad06  RAC1
UN  124.42 KB  256     38.3%             8d5ed9f4-7764-4dbd-bad8-43fddce94b7c  RAC1

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