PLEASE NOTE: This document applies to v1.0 version and not to the latest stable release v1.3

    Documentation for other releases can be found by using the version selector in the left bottom of any doc page.

    Cassandra Operator Upgrades

    This guide will walk you through the manual steps to upgrade the software in Cassandra Operator from one version to the next. The cassandra operator is made up of two parts:

    1. The Operator binary that runs as a standalone application, watches the Cassandra Cluster CRD and makes administrative decisions.
    2. A sidecar that runs alongside each member of a Cassandra Cluster. We will call this component Sidecar.

    Both components should be updated. This is a very manual process at the moment, but it should be automated soon in the future, once the Cassandra Operator reaches the beta stage.


    With this upgrade guide, there are a few notes to consider:

    • WARNING: Upgrading a Rook cluster is not without risk. There may be unexpected issues or obstacles that damage the integrity and health of your storage cluster, including data loss. Only proceed with this guide if you are comfortable with that. It is recommended that you backup your data before proceeding.
    • WARNING: The current process to upgrade REQUIRES the cluster to be unavailable for the time of the upgrade.


    • If you are upgrading from v0.9.2 to a later version, the mount point of the PVC for each member has changed because it was wrong. Please follow the migration instructions for upgrading from v0.9.2.
    • Before starting the procedure, ensure that your Cassandra Clusters are in a healthy state. You can check a Cassandra Cluster’s health by using kubectl describe $NAME -n $NAMESPACE and ensuring that for each rack in the Status, readyMembers equals members.


    1. Because each version of the Operator is designed to work with the same version of the Sidecar, they must be upgraded together. In order to avoid mixing versions between the Operator and Sidecar, we first delete every Cassandra Cluster CRD in our Kubernetes cluster, after first backing up their manifests. This will not delete your data because the PVCs will be retained even if the Cassandra Cluster object is deleted. Example:
    # Assumes cluster rook-cassandra in namespace rook-cassandra
    kubectl get $NAME -n $NAMESPACE -o yaml > $NAME.yaml
    kubectl delete $NAME -n $NAMESPACE
    1. After that, we upgrade the version of the Operator. To achieve that, we patch the StatefulSet running the Operator:
    # Assumes Operator is running in StatefulSet rook-cassandra-operator
    # in namespace rook-cassandra-system
    kubectl set image sts/rook-cassandra-operator rook-cassandra-operator=rook/cassandra:v1.0.x -n rook-cassandra-system

    After patching, ensure that the operator pods are running successfully:

    kubectl get pods -n rook-cassandra-system
    1. Recreate the manifests previously deleted:
    kubectl apply -f $NAME.yaml

    The Operator will pick up the newly created Cassandra Clusters and recreate them with the correct version of the sidecar.

    Before Upgrading from v0.9.2

    Do the following before proceeding:

    • For each member of each cluster:
    # Change /var/lib/cassandra to /var/lib/scylla for a scylla cluster
    kubectl exec $POD -n $NAMESPACE -- /bin/bash
    > mkdir /var/lib/cassandra/data/data
    > shopt -s extglob
    > mv !(/var/lib/cassandra/data) /var/lib/cassandra/data/data

    After that continue with the upgrade procedure.