DataStax C/C++ Driver for Apache Cassandra

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A modern, feature-rich, and highly tunable C/C++ client library for Apache Cassandra (1.2+) and DataStax Enterprise (3.1+) using exclusively Cassandra’s native protocol and Cassandra Query Language v3.

What’s New in 2.2

  • Support for new Cassandra 2.2 datatypes: tinyint, smallint, date and time
  • Support for custom payloads
  • Support for server-side warnings
  • UDF/UDA metadata
  • Whitelist load balancing policy
  • Default consistency has been changed from ONE to LOCAL_QUORUM

Upgrading from 2.0 or 2.1 to 2.2+

The new schema metadata API in 2.2 required some breaking API changes. Applications that used the previous schema metadata API from 2.0 and 2.1 will require some small modifications to use the new API. More information about the new schema metadata API can be found in this blog post.

Upgrading from 1.0 to 2.0+

There were a couple breaking API changes between 1.0 and 2.0 that are documented here.



There are several examples provided here: examples.

A Simple Example

#include <cassandra.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
  /* Setup and connect to cluster */
  CassFuture* connect_future = NULL;
  CassCluster* cluster = cass_cluster_new();
  CassSession* session = cass_session_new();

  /* Add contact points */
  cass_cluster_set_contact_points(cluster, ",,");

  /* Provide the cluster object as configuration to connect the session */
  connect_future = cass_session_connect(session, cluster);

  if (cass_future_error_code(connect_future) == CASS_OK) {
    CassFuture* close_future = NULL;

    /* Build statement and execute query */
    CassStatement* statement
      = cass_statement_new("SELECT keyspace_name "
                           "FROM system.schema_keyspaces", 0);

    CassFuture* result_future = cass_session_execute(session, statement);

    if(cass_future_error_code(result_future) == CASS_OK) {
      /* Retrieve result set and iterate over the rows */
      const CassResult* result = cass_future_get_result(result_future);
      CassIterator* rows = cass_iterator_from_result(result);

      while(cass_iterator_next(rows)) {
        const CassRow* row = cass_iterator_get_row(rows);
        const CassValue* value = cass_row_get_column_by_name(row, "keyspace_name");

        const char* keyspace;
        size_t keyspace_length;
        cass_value_get_string(value, &keyspace, &keyspace_length);
        printf("keyspace_name: '%.*s'\n",
               (int)keyspace_length, keyspace);

    } else {
      /* Handle error */
      const char* message;
      size_t message_length;
      cass_future_error_message(result_future, &message, &message_length);
      fprintf(stderr, "Unable to run query: '%.*s'\n",
              (int)message_length, message);


    /* Close the session */
    close_future = cass_session_close(session);
  } else {
    /* Handle error */
    const char* message;
    size_t message_length;
    cass_future_error_message(connect_future, &message, &message_length);
    fprintf(stderr, "Unable to connect: '%.*s'\n",
            (int)message_length, message);


  return 0;


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