9.21. Cassandra Connector#

The Cassandra connector allows querying data stored in Apache Cassandra.


Connector is compatible with all Cassandra versions newer than 2.1.5.


To configure the Cassandra connector, create a catalog properties file etc/catalog/cassandra.properties with the following contents, replacing host1,host2 with a comma-separated list of the Cassandra nodes, used to discovery the cluster topology:


You also need to set cassandra.native-protocol-port, if your Cassandra nodes are not using the default port 9042.

Multiple Cassandra Clusters#

You can have as many catalogs as you need, so if you have additional Cassandra clusters, simply add another properties file to etc/catalog with a different name, making sure it ends in .properties. For example, if you name the property file sales.properties, Presto creates a catalog named sales using the configured connector.

Configuration Properties#

The following configuration properties are available:

Property Name Description
cassandra.contact-points Comma-separated list of hosts in a Cassandra cluster. The Cassandra driver uses these contact points to discover cluster topology. At least one Cassandra host is required.
cassandra.native-protocol-port The Cassandra server port running the native client protocol, defaults to 9042.
cassandra.consistency-level Consistency levels in Cassandra refer to the level of consistency to be used for both read and write operations. More information about consistency levels can be found in the Cassandra consistency documentation. This property defaults to a consistency level of ONE. Possible values include ALL, EACH_QUORUM, QUORUM, LOCAL_QUORUM, ONE, TWO, THREE, LOCAL_ONE, ANY, SERIAL, LOCAL_SERIAL.
cassandra.allow-drop-table Set to true to allow dropping Cassandra tables from Presto via DROP TABLE, defaults to false.
cassandra.username Username used for authentication to the Cassandra cluster. This is a global setting used for all connections, regardless of the user connected to Presto.
cassandra.password Password used for authentication to the Cassandra cluster. This is a global setting used for all connections, regardless of the user connected to Presto.
cassandra.protocol-version It is possible to override the protocol version for older Cassandra clusters. By default, the values from the highest protocol version the driver can use. Possible values include V2, V3 and V4.


If authorization is enabled, cassandra.username must have enough permissions to perform SELECT queries on the system.size_estimates table.

The following advanced configuration properties are available:

Property Name Description
cassandra.fetch-size Number of rows fetched at a time in a Cassandra query.
cassandra.partition-size-for-batch-select Number of partitions batched together into a single select for a single partion key column table.
cassandra.split-size Number of keys per split when querying Cassandra.
cassandra.splits-per-node Number of splits per node. By default, the values from the system.size_estimates table are used. Only override when connecting to Cassandra versions < 2.1.5, which lacks the system.size_estimates table.
cassandra.client.read-timeout Maximum time the Cassandra driver waits for an answer to a query from one Cassandra node. Note that the underlying Cassandra driver may retry a query against more than one node in the event of a read timeout. Increasing this may help with queries that use an index.
cassandra.client.connect-timeout Maximum time the Cassandra driver waits to establish a connection to a Cassandra node. Increasing this may help with heavily loaded Cassandra clusters.
cassandra.client.so-linger Number of seconds to linger on close if unsent data is queued. If set to zero, the socket will be closed immediately. When this option is non-zero, a socket lingers that many seconds for an acknowledgement that all data was written to a peer. This option can be used to avoid consuming sockets on a Cassandra server by immediately closing connections when they are no longer needed.
cassandra.retry-policy Policy used to retry failed requests to Cassandra. This property defaults to DEFAULT. Using BACKOFF may help when queries fail with “not enough replicas”. The other possible values are DOWNGRADING_CONSISTENCY and FALLTHROUGH.
cassandra.load-policy.use-dc-aware Set to true to use DCAwareRoundRobinPolicy, defaults to false.
cassandra.load-policy.dc-aware.local-dc The name of the local datacenter for DCAwareRoundRobinPolicy.
cassandra.load-policy.dc-aware.used-hosts-per-remote-dc Uses the provided number of host per remote datacenter as failover for the local hosts for DCAwareRoundRobinPolicy.
cassandra.load-policy.dc-aware.allow-remote-dc-for-local Set to true to allow to use hosts of remote datacenter for local consistency level.
cassandra.load-policy.use-token-aware Set to true to use TokenAwarePolicy (defaults to false).
cassandra.load-policy.shuffle-replicas Set to true to use TokenAwarePolicy with shuffling of replicas, defaults to false.
cassandra.load-policy.use-white-list Set to true to use WhiteListPolicy, defaults to false.
cassandra.load-policy.white-list.addresses Comma-separated list of hosts for WhiteListPolicy.
cassandra.no-host-available-retry-timeout Retry timeout for NoHostAvailableException, defaults to 1m.
cassandra.speculative-execution.limit The number of speculative executions, defaults to 1.
cassandra.speculative-execution.delay The delay between each speculative execution, defaults to 500ms.
cassandra.tls.enabled Whether TLS security is enabled, defaults to false.
cassandra.tls.keystore-path Path to the PEM or JKS key store.
cassandra.tls.truststore-path Path to the PEM or JKS trust store.
cassandra.tls.keystore-password Password for the key store.
cassandra.tls.truststore-password Password for the trust store.

Querying Cassandra Tables#

The users table is an example Cassandra table from the Cassandra Getting Started guide. It can be created along with the mykeyspace keyspace using Cassandra’s cqlsh (CQL interactive terminal):

cqlsh> CREATE KEYSPACE mykeyspace
   ... WITH REPLICATION = { 'class' : 'SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor' : 1 };
cqlsh> USE mykeyspace;
cqlsh:mykeyspace> CREATE TABLE users (
              ...   user_id int PRIMARY KEY,
              ...   fname text,
              ...   lname text
              ... );

This table can be described in Presto:

DESCRIBE cassandra.mykeyspace.users;
 Column  |  Type   | Extra | Comment
 user_id | bigint  |       |
 fname   | varchar |       |
 lname   | varchar |       |
(3 rows)

This table can then be queried in Presto:

SELECT * FROM cassandra.mykeyspace.users;

Data types#

The data types mappings are as follows:

Cassandra Presto

Any collection (LIST/MAP/SET) can be designated as FROZEN, and the value is mapped to VARCHAR. Additionally, blobs have the limitation that they cannot be empty.

Types not mentioned in the table above are not supported (e.g. tuple or UDT).

Partition keys can only be of the following types: | ASCII | TEXT | VARCHAR | BIGINT | BOOLEAN | DOUBLE | INET | INT | FLOAT | DECIMAL | TIMESTAMP | UUID | TIMEUUID


  • Queries without filters containing the partition key result in fetching all partitions. This causes a full scan of the entire data set, therefore it’s much slower compared to a similar query with a partition key as a filter.
  • IN list filters are only allowed on index (that is, partition key or clustering key) columns.
  • Range (< or > and BETWEEN) filters can be applied only to the partition keys.