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DataStax C/C++ Driver for Apache Cassandra® and DataStax Products

A modern, feature-rich and highly tunable C/C++ client library for Apache Cassandra® 2.1+ using exclusively Cassandra's binary protocol and Cassandra Query Language v3. This driver can also be used with other DataStax products:

Getting the Driver

The source code is made available via GitHub. Additionally binary versions of the driver (for multiple operating systems and multiple architectures) can be obtained from our Artifactory server. Binaries are available for the following operating systems:

  • CentOS 7
  • Rocky Linux 8.8
  • Rocky Linux 9.2
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ubuntu 22.04
  • Windows

The driver depends on the following libraries:

  • libuv (1.x)
  • OpenSSL
  • zlib

The version of OpenSSL and zlib provided with each Linux distribution above can be used to build the driver. A version of libuv > 1.x is provided for CentOS 7 and Rocky Linux; this can be found under the dependencies directory for each platform. Packages for all three dependencies are provided for Windows distributions.


Starting with DataStax C/C++ driver for Apache Cassandra® v2.15.0, DataStax Enterprise (DSE) support is now available; using the DSE driver exclusively is no longer required for DSE customers.

For DSE driver users

Linking changes will be required when migrating to this driver. Replace -ldse with -lcassandra.

For Cassandra driver users

No changes will be required when upgrading to this driver. There will be new driver dependencies when using any of the binary versions obtained from our Artifactory server as Kerberos is utilized in the DSE features of this driver. See the [installation] section for more information on obtaining the dependencies for a specific platform.



This driver works exclusively with the Cassandra Query Language v3 (CQL3) and Cassandra's native protocol. The current version works with the following server versions:

  • Apache Cassandra® versions 3.0.x, 3.11.x and 4.0.x
  • DSE versions 6.8.x and 5.1.x

Both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) architectures are supported

We build and test the driver on the following platforms:

  • CentOS 7 w/ gcc 4.8.5
  • Rocky Linux 8.8 w/ gcc 8.5.0
  • Rocky Linux 9.2 w/ gcc 11.3.1
  • Ubuntu 20.04 w/ gcc 9.4.0
  • Ubuntu 22.04 w/ gcc 11.3.0
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019

A complete compatibility matrix for both Apache Cassandra® and DataStax Enterprise can be found here.

Disclaimer: DataStax products do not support big-endian systems.


Getting Help


The driver includes several examples in the examples directory.

A Simple Example

#include <cassandra.h>
/* Use "#include <dse.h>" when connecting to DataStax Enterpise */
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  /* Setup and connect to cluster */
  CassFuture* connect_future = NULL;
  CassCluster* cluster = cass_cluster_new();
  CassSession* session = cass_session_new();
  char* hosts = "";
  if (argc > 1) {
    hosts = argv[1];

  /* Add contact points */
  cass_cluster_set_contact_points(cluster, hosts);

  /* Provide the cluster object as configuration to connect the session */
  connect_future = cass_session_connect(session, cluster);

  if (cass_future_error_code(connect_future) == CASS_OK) {
    CassFuture* close_future = NULL;

    /* Build statement and execute query */
    const char* query = "SELECT release_version FROM system.local";
    CassStatement* statement = cass_statement_new(query, 0);

    CassFuture* result_future = cass_session_execute(session, statement);

    if (cass_future_error_code(result_future) == CASS_OK) {
      /* Retrieve result set and get the first row */
      const CassResult* result = cass_future_get_result(result_future);
      const CassRow* row = cass_result_first_row(result);

      if (row) {
        const CassValue* value = cass_row_get_column_by_name(row, "release_version");

        const char* release_version;
        size_t release_version_length;
        cass_value_get_string(value, &release_version, &release_version_length);
        printf("release_version: '%.*s'\n", (int)release_version_length, release_version);

    } else {
      /* Handle error */
      const char* message;
      size_t message_length;
      cass_future_error_message(result_future, &message, &message_length);
      fprintf(stderr, "Unable to run query: '%.*s'\n", (int)message_length, message);


    /* Close the session */
    close_future = cass_session_close(session);
  } else {
    /* Handle error */
    const char* message;
    size_t message_length;
    cass_future_error_message(connect_future, &message, &message_length);
    fprintf(stderr, "Unable to connect: '%.*s'\n", (int)message_length, message);


  return 0;


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