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5-minute quick start guide

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to setup a very simple Spark application for reading and writing data from/to Cassandra. Before you start, you need to have basic knowledge of Apache Cassandra and Apache Spark. Refer to Datastax and Cassandra documentation and Spark documentation.


Install and launch a Cassandra cluster and a Spark cluster.

Configure a new Scala project with the Apache Spark and dependency.

The dependencies are easily retrieved via the website. For example, if you're using sbt, your build.sbt should include something like this:

resolvers += "Spark Packages Repo" at ""
libraryDependencies += "datastax" % "spark-cassandra-connector" % "2.4.1-s_2.11"

The spark-packages libraries can also be used with spark-submit and spark shell, these commands will place the connector and all of its dependencies on the path of the Spark Driver and all Spark Executors.

$SPARK_HOME/bin/spark-shell --packages datastax:spark-cassandra-connector:2.4.1-s_2.11
$SPARK_HOME/bin/spark-submit --packages datastax:spark-cassandra-connector:2.4.1-s_2.11

For the list of available versions, see:

This driver does not depend on the Cassandra server code.


See Building And Artifacts

Preparing example Cassandra schema

Create a simple keyspace and table in Cassandra. Run the following statements in cqlsh:

CREATE KEYSPACE test WITH replication = {'class': 'SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor': 1 };
CREATE TABLE test.kv(key text PRIMARY KEY, value int);

Then insert some example data:

INSERT INTO test.kv(key, value) VALUES ('key1', 1);
INSERT INTO test.kv(key, value) VALUES ('key2', 2);

Now you're ready to write your first Spark program using Cassandra.

Loading up the Spark-Shell

Run the spark-shell with the packages line for your version. To configure the default Spark Configuration pass key value pairs with --conf

$SPARK_HOME/bin/spark-shell --conf \
                            --packages datastax:spark-cassandra-connector:2.4.1-s_2.11

This command would set the Spark Cassandra Connector parameter to Change this to the address of one of the nodes in your Cassandra cluster.

Enable Cassandra-specific functions on the SparkContext, SparkSession, RDD, and DataFrame:

import com.datastax.spark.connector._
import org.apache.spark.sql.cassandra._

Loading and analyzing data from Cassandra

Use the sc.cassandraTable method to view this table as a Spark RDD:

val rdd = sc.cassandraTable("test", "kv")

Saving data from RDD to Cassandra

Add two more rows to the table:

val collection = sc.parallelize(Seq(("key3", 3), ("key4", 4)))
collection.saveToCassandra("test", "kv", SomeColumns("key", "value"))       

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