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Installing Cassandra on Mac OS X

Installing Cassandra on Mac OS X

Install Homebrew

Homebrew is a great little package manager for OS X. If you haven't already, installing it is pretty easy:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Install Python

Mac OS X has a copy of Python preinstalled, but this makes sure you get the newest version.

brew install python

Install cql

To use cqlsh, the Cassandra query language shell, you need to install cql:

pip install cql

Install Cassandra

This installs Apache Cassandra:

brew install cassandra

Starting/Stopping Cassandra

Use this command to start Cassandra:

launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.cassandra.plist

Use this command to stop Cassandra:

launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.cassandra.plist

On Mavericks, Homebrew failed to move the plist file into LaunchAgents, which gives this error message:

launchctl: Couldn't stat("/Users/<user>/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.cassandra.plist"): No such file or directory

To fix this just issue the following command. Then, try using the launchctl load command again:

cp /usr/local/Cellar/cassandra/<version number>/homebrew.mxcl.cassandra.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Cassandra file locations

  • Properties: /usr/local/etc/cassandra
  • Logs: /usr/local/var/log/cassandra
  • Data: /usr/local/var/lib/cassandra/data


Have fun with Cassandra!

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