How To Install Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

r00t December 12, 2016

Install Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Cassandra is a NoSQL database intended for storing large amounts of data in a decentralized, highly available cluster. NoSQL refers to a database with a data model other than the tabular relations used in relational databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL. The Apache Cassandra database is the right choice when you need scalability and high availability without compromising performance.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Apache Cassandra on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Installing Java.

Cassandra needs Java application to be running on your server, make sure you have installed latest Java version:

After added the PPA, run commands below one by one to install Java:

Verify Installed Java Version:

Step 2. Installing Cassandra.

We will install Cassandra using official package available on Apache Software Foundation, so add Cassandra repository to make the package available to your system:

Add the public key for Cassandra repo so that you won’t encounter GPG error:

Install Cassandra:

Start Cassandra up and configure it to your liking. You’ll most likely want to enable it to start on boot. In case of a power outage or maintenance, you won’t forget to start it back up after a reboot:

Cassandra uses a separate command line to be controlled, so we need to make sure to activate that:

You may want to check information about the node and cluster to get an idea of how to fix various issues or update information:

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Cassandra. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache Cassandra on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache Cassandra web site.

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