How To Install Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Cassandra is a NoSQL database intended for storing large amounts of data in a decentralized, highly available cluster. NoSQL refers to a database with a data model other than the tabular relations used in relational databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL. The Apache Cassandra database is the right choice when you need scalability and high availability without compromising performance.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Apache Cassandra on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Java.

Cassandra needs a Java application to be running on your server, make sure you have installed the latest Java version:

add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

After adding the PPA, run the commands below one by one to install Java:

apt-get update
apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

Verify Installed Java Version:

# java -version
java version "1.8.0_101"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_101-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.101-b13, mixed mode)

Step 2. Installing Cassandra.

We will install Cassandra using the official package available on Apache Software Foundation, so add Cassandra repository to make the package available to your system:

echo "deb 36x main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cassandra.list

Add the public key for the Cassandra repo so that you won’t encounter GPG error:

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 749D6EEC0353B12C
gpg --export --armor 749D6EEC0353B12C | sudo apt-key add -

Install Cassandra:

apt-get update
apt-get install cassandra -y

Start Cassandra up and configure it to your liking. You’ll most likely want to enable it to start on boot. In case of a power outage or maintenance, you won’t forget to start it back up after a reboot:

systemctl start cassandra
systemctl enable cassandra

Cassandra uses a separate command line to be controlled, so we need to make sure to activate that:

[ ~]# cqlsh
Connected to Test Cluster at
[cqlsh 5.0.1 | Cassandra 3.0.9 | CQL spec 3.4.0 | Native protocol v4]
Use HELP for help.

You may want to check information about the node and cluster to get an idea of how to fix various issues or update information:

[ ~] nodetool status
Datacenter: datacenter1
|/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
-- Address Load Tokens Owns (effective) Host ID Rack
UN 216.14 KB 256 100.0% 2a0b7fa9-23c6-e46-83a4-e6c06e2f5736 rack1

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Cassandra. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache Cassandra website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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