Scylla Enterprise on Debian 8

Scylla Enterprise 2019.1 and later are not available on Debian 8 If you are using Debian 8, please consult Scylla support on upgrading to later Debian release, before upgrading Scylla Enterprise to 2019.1


  • Root or sudo access to the system. The Scylla packages create a scylla user. When starting Scylla as a service, the service runs as this user.

Make sure that all the relevant ports are open.

For server configuration, see documentation on recommendations for high performance.


Install dependencies

sudo apt-get install -y software-properties-common apt-transport-https

Install a repo file. Add the Scylla APT repository to your system.

Configure and run Scylla on Debian

Configure Scylla

Configure the /etc/scylla/scylla.yaml file with the following parameters:

cluster_nameName of the cluster, all the nodes in the cluster must have the same name
seedsSeed nodes are used during startup to bootstrap the gossip process and join the cluster
listen_addressIP address that the Scylla use to connect to other Scylla nodes in the cluster
rpc_addressIP address of interface for client connections (Thrift, CQL)

More information regarding the scylla.yaml file.

Scylla setup

Run the scylla_setup script to tune the system settings

sudo scylla_setup

This script invokes a set of scripts to configure several operating system settings, like setting RAID0 and XFS filesystem. It also runs a short (up to a few minutes) benchmark on your storage and generates the /etc/scylla.d/io.conf configuration file. When the file is ready, you can start Scylla (see below). Scylla will not run without XFS or io.conf file. To bypass this check, set Scylla to developer mode

Run Scylla as a service (if not already running)

sudo systemctl start scylla-server

run nodetool

nodetool status

run cqlsh


Run cassandra-stress

cassandra-stress write -mode cql3 native 


It is highly recommended to have a Scylla monitoring stack in place. For more on how to setup Scylla monitoring with Grafana here.


Scylla servers set up using this method have the system configuration covered on System Configuration Guide already applied, by the deb package install scripts. See the guide for a complete reference on settings used.