One of the easiest way to get started with Apache Cassandra™ is using Astra
In this scenario, we'll learn how to:
- Create an Astra database
- Install and configure cqlsh
- Create a table in Astra
- Insert and query data
Astra is a great Cassandra as a Service offering, so this is going to be easy! Let's get started!
This scenario is also available on our datastax.com/dev site, where you can find many more resources to help you succeed with Apache Cassandra™.
Congratulations! You know how to create an Apache Cassandra™ database with Astra, and connect to it using
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Connect to Astra (Cassanda as a Service) with CQL Shell
Create your Astra Database
If you don't have an Astra account, set one up - it's easy.
Go to the Astra page in your browser astra.datastax.com.
Let's create the database. Follow the steps outlined here. To make life easy, we have recommended the values you should use for this scenario.
NOTE: If you already have an Astra database with values that differ from what we suggested, you may have to adapt some of the operations in this scenario accordingly, or create an additional keyspace with the designated values.
If you don't already have an Astra database, when you log in the first time you'll see a screen that looks like the image below.
Configure your database by selecting the Free plan.
Next, select a provider and region. Then, click Configure.
Fill in the Configure and Create Database fields with the following values. Then, click the Create Database button.
- Database name: FirstDB
- Keyspace name: user_management
- Database username: DBUser
- Database password: DBPassword1
You will see the list of databases with your newly created database. While the database is initializing, the CONNECT button is inactive, but becomes active once the database is ready.
It may take a minute for the database to deploy, but you'll get an email when it's ready.