Environment Setup

Cassandra is available for download from the Web at http://cassandra.apache.org .
 
The simplest way to get started is to download the prebuilt binary. please refer to steps below for linux:
1.) Download Cassandra in any directory

mkdir -p /root/nosql
cd /root/nosql

#Please download latest version available
wget http://www.us.apache.org/dist/cassandra/1.2.16/apache-cassandra-1.2.16-bin.tar.gz
tar -xvzf apache-cassandra-1.2.16-bin.tar.gz
mv apache-cassandra-1.2.16 /root/nosql/cassandra.
 
2.) Next, make sure that the folders Cassandra accesses, such as the log folder, exists and that Cassandra has the right to write on it:

sudo mkdir /var/lib/cassandra
sudo mkdir /var/log/cassandra
sudo chown -R $USER:$GROUP /var/lib/cassandra
sudo chown -R $USER:$GROUP /var/log/Cassandra

 
3.) set Cassandra’s variables
vim ~/.bash_profile
#add following lines to .bash_profile
export CASSANDRA_HOME=/root/nosql/cassandra
export PATH=$PATH:$CASSANDRA_HOME/bin
 
4.) Running Cassandra
sudo sh /root/nosql/cassandra/bin/cassandra
 
5.) Crosscheck with Cassandra cli
sudo sh /root/nosql/cassandra/bin/cassandra-cli
 
You will see window like this:-
 
 
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A detailed understanding of Apache Cassandra is available in this blog post for your perusal!

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