CQL for Cassandra 2.0

Using a composite partition key

A composite partition key is a partition key consisting of multiple columns. You use an extra set of parentheses to enclose columns that make up the composite partition key. The columns within the primary key definition but outside the nested parentheses are clustering columns. These columns form logical sets inside a partition to facilitate retrieval.

  block_id uuid,
  breed text,
  color text,
  short_hair boolean,
  PRIMARY KEY ((block_id, breed), color, short_hair)

For example, the composite partition key consists of block_id and breed. The clustering columns, color and short_hair, determine the clustering order of the data. Generally, Cassandra will store columns having the same block_id but a different breed on different nodes, and columns having the same block_id and breed on the same node.