pycassaShell [OPTIONS]


pycassaShell is an interactive Cassandra python shell. It is useful for exploring Cassandra, especially for those who are just beginning.

It is recommended that you have IPython, an enhanced interactive python shell, installed. pycassaShell will invoke ipython underneath to provide extra functionality if it is installed. However, it will still work without it.

When pycassaShell starts, it creates a ColumnFamily object for every existing column family in your Cassandra cluster and prints the names of the objects. You can use these to insert and retrieve data easily from Cassandra.

pycassaShell acts similarly to the standard Python (or IPython) REPL. To use, enter Python expressions at the prompt and hit Enter to see the results.


-h, --help

Show a help message and exit

-k KEYSPACE, --keyspace=KEYSPACE

Name of the Cassandra keyspace to which pycassaShell should attach

-H HOST, --host=HOST

Hostname of a Cassandra node

-p PORT, --port=PORT

Thrift port number for that Cassandra node

-u USER, --user=USER

Username (for simple auth)

-P PASSWD, --passwd=PASSWD

Password (for simple auth)

-S, --streaming

Use streaming transport (for Cassandra 0.6.x and below)

-F, --framed

Use framed transport (for Cassandra 0.7.x and above). This is the default transport.

-f FILE, --file=FILE

Run a script after startup

RELATED TO pycassaShell…

For more information on the interactive Python/IPython prompt, see python(1) or ipython(1).

For more information on the extra Pycassa objects made available in the pycassaShell environment, see /usr/share/doc/pycassa-doc/manual/pycassa_shell.html in the pycassa-doc package.


Tyler Hobbs <[email protected]>