Robin Schumacher

Introducing the DataStax Sandbox

By Robin SchumacherMarch 31, 2014

I’m pleased to announce the DataStax Sandbox, which is a virtual machine (VM) image that contains a Linux-based bundle of DataStax software – DataStax Enterprise (DSE), OpsCenter, DevCenter, and a number of easy to use utilities – that’s designed to make it simple for you to get up to speed quickly with DataStax software.

All you have to do is download the Sandbox, load it into your VMware or Oracle Virtualbox player, and you instantly have a full running copy of DataStax software to try. No installation, configuration, etc., is necessary.

You can immediately start writing CQL queries with DevCenter and the CQL utility, monitor Cassandra with OpsCenter, and try out our DSE analytics and enterprise search demos. A guided tutorial walks you through each of these exercises in step-by-step fashion.

The DataStax Sandbox isn’t designed for production installs and has just a few prerequisites for use (e.g. 8GB of RAM, etc.) It’s available for you to download now and is completely free to use for as long as you’d like.

If you’ve not tried DataStax software yet, I encourage you to download and try out the DataStax Sandbox now. And if you have suggestions for improving the Sandbox, don’t hesitate to contact us at



  1. leevictorforrest says:

    what the username and password for datastax sandbox now

  2. Robin Schumacher Robin Schumacher says:

    See our install instructions for current login credentials for the Sandbox:

  3. Vikas says:

    I dont have internet inside the Sandbox is it how it was supposed to be?

  4. Pankaj Gupta says:

    Could you please share the download size for Virtual box sandbox provided by Datastax ?
    I have checked in document and it has asked for 20 GB space. Will it download 20 GB for Virtual Box or that much space should be available in disk where sandbox is present ?

  5. Ajay says:

    where do i get the credentials for the datastax demo profile when i start the sandbox it asks for password for datastax not datastax demo where do i see the password for this

  6. Robin Schumacher Robin Schumacher says:

    The install and usage instructions are here: The credentials are datastax/datastax.

  7. Peter Geerts says:


    do you think there is a chance of delivering this with internet connection enabled at some point in the near future ?. Without it adding extensions like bringing in the java driver, eclipse etc become almost impossible and therefore severely limit its usefulness
    Thanks ,

  8. Sandip says:


    I have downloaded the datastax VM (Datastax 5.0) but I am unable to find the exercises as mentioned in the tutorial and since internet connection is not enabled, I am unable to download within the VM.
    Can you please help?


  9. Robin Schumacher Robin Schumacher says:

    You shouldn’t need internet connectivity to run through the exercises in the Sandbox as they all run local to the VM. Just follow the Guided Tutorial PDF document that is on the Linux dashboard and things should work fine.

  10. AlexT says:

    Is it possible to make the sandbox node anything other than a local node? I want to test out writing data to the node. Or is that something I need to start a 6 month trial for?


    1. AlexT says:

      Just to clarify, I want to test the .NET driver for DSE to see how it would write data to the node.

  11. Robin Schumacher Robin Schumacher says:

    The Sandbox was designed to be a self-contained instance of DSE so if you want to run some sort of load routine within the VM, that’s fine. For heavier testing, I’d recommend downloading DSE to your standard IT test bed.

  12. Tania says:

    How do I connect to internet on datastax?
    I am trying to use the IP address of my machine but I might be missing something. Can you provide a step by step workflow to access internet on datastax?

    1. Tania says:

      FYI:I am using datastax sandbox for a POC

  13. Karan says:

    Is there a way to ssh to the DataStax sandbox from my local m/c ?

  14. Sanjay Rao says:

    I am unable to find “labwork” folder mentioned in
    How can I get this folder to get test data csv files ?

  15. Robin Schumacher says:

    Download the VM from the DSA site; it’s the one you want.


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