1. Choose Your Path

DataStax distributed databases can run on-premises or in the cloud, public or private... wherever you need! Pick the path that suits you and your organization's needs.

How do you want to deploy your first cluster?

Cloud Marketplace   Local Install

2. Download

OK, you can do this! Start by deploying a local install on your laptop, which you can do in minutes with DataStax Desktop.

Download the desktop application to the right and make sure to have Docker installed and running before you start it.

Download the right package for your platform

Linux*  MacOS*  Windows*

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3. Choose a Flavor

You're almost there! With the right dependencies in place, simply choose between DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra.

Then sit back and let DataStax Desktop do all the heavy lifting for you.

DataStax Enterprise

The active-everywhere distributed hybrid cloud database built on Apache Cassandra™

DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra

Explore DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra, our production-ready version of Apache Cassandra

4. Get Connected

And you’re in! Depending upon the database you chose, follow this last step to get your first query off the ground.


DataStax Studio

Open the Studio instance started by DataStax Desktop by clicking in the UI or navigating to in a browser.

Launch Studio

Find It

Open a terminal and get the name of the running container that was started by DataStax Desktop

docker ps --filter "name=ddac*" --format {{.Names}}


cqlsh is a command-line shell for interacting with Cassandra; use the docker container name from the previous output to run it

docker exec -it <your-container-name> cqlsh

Search Keyspaces

Have a look at the existing keyspaces in your DDAC database

describe keyspaces;

Search Instance Information

Get the address and data center name of your DDAC database needed for client connections

select broadcast_address, data_center from system.local;

Try the DataStax Apollo Beta for Free Today!

Check out the Apollo Beta to evaluate whether the database service is a good fit for your use cases—even if it’s just for test/dev. You can choose to deploy Apollo directly through DataStax Constellation or, if you’re already a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) user, the GCP Marketplace.

Try DataStax Apollo on Constellation Try DataStax Apollo on GCP

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