Jesse White edited this page Apr 3, 2017 · 10 revisions

Getting Started

This guide will walk you through the steps to setup a simple instance of Newts running on a single node.

If you are using Newts as part of a solution embedded into another project i.e. OpenNMS you should consult the associated documentation as some of these steps may not be required.


  • Java 8 (OpenJDK, Oracle, etc)
  • curl
  • tar
  • sed

Setting up Cassandra

This section assumes that you're setting up a single, local instance of Cassandra for purposes of evaluating Newts. These steps are not suitable for a production Cassandra cluster, (see the Cassandra Getting Started Guide for help with that). If you already have a running cluster, you can skip this section.

Open a new terminal and:

Download and extract Cassandra

Substitute ${version} below with the version of Cassandra to download. The latest 3.0.x version of Cassandra is recommended (version 3.0.6 at the time of this writing).

# Terminal 1
curl${version}/apache-cassandra-{${version}}-bin.tar.gz -o "apache-cassandra-#1-bin.tar.gz"
tar zxvf apache-cassandra-${version}-bin.tar.gz
cd apache-cassandra-${version}/

Start Cassandra in the foreground

# Terminal 1
bin/cassandra -f

Setting up Newts

Open a new terminal and:

Download and extract Newts

The latest stable release can be downloaded from Github.

# Terminal 2
curl -L -o newts-1.4.3-bin.tar.gz
tar xvf newts-1.4.3-bin.tar.gz
cd newts-1.4.3

Configure and initialize Newts

The default Newts config (etc/config.yaml) will connect to localhost at the default port and keyspace, but if you're using your own install of Cassandra then you'll need to edit it accordingly.

To perform a one-time initialization of Newts, and create the Cassandra schema

# Terminal 2
bin/init etc/config.yaml

Note: During initialization, SLF4J may complain about logger implementations, you can safely ignore this.

Start Newts in the foreground

# Terminal 2
bin/newts -c etc/config.yaml

Note: During Newts server startup, you may see warnings about missing compression libraries from the Cassandra driver, you can safely ignore these.


Open a new terminal and:


Next, we'll download some sample data in the JSON representation that Newts expects, and import them using curl as a quick test that everything is working.

# Terminal 3
curl -o samples.txt
curl -D - -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d @samples.txt


Finally, we should be able to read back some of the samples inserted above.

# Terminal 3
curl -D - -X GET ''; echo

Web UI

New in 1.1, is a simple web interface. While too simplistic for most serious applications, the web UI is a handy means of verifying that everything works. Point your browser at http://localhost:8080/ui/, click Debug to insert some random sample data, and then Search to locate and graph it.

Next Steps

Why not try the Global Summary of Day (weather data) demo?

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