Getting Started

About this guide

Installing and setting up a single-node cluster on Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise.

This guide introduces the latest versions of Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise, and OpsCenter. It shows you how to install and set up a single-node cluster for evaluation. Additionally it introduces CQL and DevCenter.

You can install the cluster one of two ways:

For information about setting up a production cluster, see the Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise documentation.

DataStax Enterprise

An introduction to DataStax Enterprise, installation instructions, moving data to or from other databases, and the DSE demos.


A visual management and monitoring solution for Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise. At the end of each install section is a link to the correct procedure.


A free visual query IDE for developers, administrators, and others who want to create and run Cassandra Query Language (CQL) statements against Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise.

Key database concepts

A 30-second introduction to key Cassandra terminology.

Querying Cassandra with the cqlsh utility

Quickly master inserting and retrieving data from Cassandra using CQL.