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Setup Scylla Manager

The following document walks you through the Scylla Manager setup phase, assuming you completed the installation. When you install Scylla Manager, it installs a local instance of Scylla to use as it’s database. If you want to setup Scylla Manager with a remote database, use this guide first.

Run setup script

The Scylla Manager setup script is a wizard that automates the configuration of Scylla Manager.


  1. Run the scyllamgr_setup script to configure the service. The wizard contains questions about enabling services. If you answer no to the questions, you will have to start a service manually each time you want to use it.

sudo scyllamgr_setup
Do you want to configure and enable the local ScyllaDB instance as a backend storage for this Scylla Manager installation?
Answer yes to configure and automatically start ScyllaDB when the node boots; answer no to skip this step.
Do you want to enable Scylla Manager?
Answer yes to automatically start Scylla Manager when the node boots; answer no to skip this step.
Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/ to /usr/lib/systemd/system/scylla-server.service.
Scylla Manager setup finished.

Start Scylla Manager

Scylla Manager integrates with systemd and can be started and stopped using systemctl command.


  1. Run Scylla Manager server.

sudo systemctl start scylla-manager.service
  1. Verify the Scylla Manager is running.

sudo systemctl status scylla-manager.service
● scylla-manager.service - Scylla Manager Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/scylla-manager.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2018-08-31 12:15:30 UTC; 5s ago
 Main PID: 32355 (scylla-manager)
    Tasks: 9
   Memory: 5.3M
   CGroup: /system.slice/scylla-manager.service
           └─32355 /usr/bin/scylla-manager
  1. Enable bash completion for sctool - Scylla Manager CLI. Alternatively, you can just open a new terminal.

source /etc/bash_completion.d/sctool.bash
  1. Confirm sctool is running by displaying the sctool version.

sctool version
Client version: 1.2.0-0.20180831.923311e
Server version: 1.2.0-0.20180831.923311e


The first time you run this command, Scylla Manager may take a few seconds to start.

Add a cluster

Continue with adding a cluster.