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Add a cluster or a node to Scylla Manager

Scylla Manager manages clusters. A cluster contains one or more nodes/datacenters. When you add a cluster to Scylla Manager, it adds all of the nodes which are associated with it.

Prepare a cluster

Scylla Manager communicates with a Scylla cluster using REST API. It’s required that the REST API is accessible by Scylla Manager on all the cluster nodes. By default, Scylla binds REST API to localhost, which prevents accessing if from other hosts. To overcome this limitation, Scylla Manager can work with Scylla nodes over SSH.

Communication over SSH

This is a preferred way of Scylla Manager interacting with Scylla nodes. We recommend adding a dedicated system user to every node in a cluster and enabling SSH connectivity using key based authentication.

Scylla Manager comes with scyllamgr_ssh_setup script that helps you with user creation, key generation, and distribution. It requires that you have SSH access to to all the nodes with a sudo enabled user.

Configure SSH connectivity using scyllamgr_ssh_setup


Once you generate an SSH key pair with scyllamgr_ssh_setup the key should be safely stored. In addition, scyllamgr_ssh_setup may be invoked many times on a host without effecting already set up hosts.


  1. Run scyllamgr_ssh_setup to configure SSH access to the cluster.

scyllamgr_ssh_setup --user ec2-user --identity-file ec2-user.pem \
--manager-user scylla-manager --manager-identity-file scylla-manager.pem \
--discover        OK        OK        OK        OK        OK        OK
  • --user is SSH user name used to connect to the cluster nodes

  • --identity-file path is a path to identity file containing SSH private key

  • --manager-user is a user name that will be created and configured on cluster nodes, by default it’s scylla-manager

  • --manager-identity-file is a path to identity file containing SSH private key for manager user, if there is no such file it will be created

  • --discover enables cluster node discovery, the command would take a single host and setup every node in the cluster

In cases where different hosts require different credentials, use the --config-file option to specify the host to identity file mapping using SSH configuration file.

Given an SSH configuration file named config:

Host 198.100.51.*
    User ec2-user
    IdentityFile /path/to/ec2-user.pem

Host 10.2.*
    User centos
    IdentityFile /path/to/centos.pem

Replace --user and --identity-file flags with --config-file flag.

scyllamgr_ssh_setup --config-file config
--manager-user scylla-manager --manager-identity-file scylla-manager.pem \
--discover        OK        OK        OK           OK           OK           OK

The SSH configuration file parameter may always be used to specify additional SSH options. Check man ssh_config for information on file format and available options.

  1. Continue to Add a cluster.


If you encounter troubles setting up SSH connectivity to a node, use scyllamgr_ssh_setup command with -v flag to show debug information.

Direct communication

If you have set up SSH communication with the cluster as described in the previous section, please continue to Add a cluster. If you have not used the script to establish SSH, you will need to create a connection manually. Note that exposing Scylla REST API may have security consequences. If in doubt, go to the previous section.

Scylla Manager can interact with Scylla REST API on cluster nodes directly. For that configuration of all the cluster nodes must be adjusted, and the nodes must be restarted.


For every node in the cluster, repeat the procedure below.

  1. SSH to a node.

  2. Edit Scylla config file /etc/scylla/scylla.yaml, set api_address to the broadcast address.

  3. Drain the node (stop accepting writes and flush all tables).

nodetool drain
  1. Restart Scylla

sudo systemctl restart scylla-server.service
  1. Verify the Scylla server is running.

Add a cluster

Before you begin

Confirm you have established SSH connectivity as explained in Configure SSH connectivity using scyllamgr_ssh_setup or Direct communication.


  1. From the Scylla Manager Server, run: sctool cluster add

sctool cluster add --host= --name=prod-cluster \
--ssh-user=scylla-manager --ssh-identity-file=scylla-manager.pem
/  \     Cluster added, to set it as a default run:
@  @     export SCYLLA_MANAGER_CLUSTER=db7faf98-7cc4-4a08-b707-2bc59d65551e
|  |
|| |/    Repair will run on 01 Sep 18 00:00 UTC and will be repeated every 7 days.
|| ||    To see the currently scheduled tasks: sctool task list -c db7faf98-7cc4-4a08-b707-2bc59d65551e
  • --host is hostname or IP of one of the cluster nodes

  • --name is an alias you can give to your cluster

  • --ssh-user is SSH user name used to connect to the cluster nodes

  • --ssh-identity-file path is a path to identity file containing SSH private key

If you exposed the REST API directly to establish SSH connectivity (Direct Communication), the --ssh-user and --ssh-identity-file parameters should be omitted.

Each cluster has a unique ID. You will use this ID in all commands where the cluster ID is required. Each cluster is automatically registered with a repair task that runs once a week.

  1. Verify that the cluster you added has a registered repair task.

sctool task list -c db7faf98-7cc4-4a08-b707-2bc59d65551e
│ task                                        │ next run                      │ ret. │ properties │ status │
│ repair/730a134a-4792-4139-bc6c-75d2ba7a1e62 │ 01 Sep 18 00:00 UTC (+7 days) │ 3    │            │ NEW    │

Add a Node to a Managed Cluster

Although Scylla Manager is aware of all topology changes made within every cluster it manages, it cannot properly manage nodes/datacenters without establishing SSH connections with every node/datacenter in the cluster. Keys cannot be automatically distributed, so to make sure this connection is established, you need to run the scyllamgr_ssh_setup.

Before You Begin

  • Confirm you have a managed cluster running under Scylla Manager. If you do not have a managed cluster, see Add a cluster.

  • Confirm the node or Datacenter is added to the Scylla Cluster.


  1. Run the procedure as described in Configure SSH connectivity using scyllamgr_ssh_setup above. If you are adding a single node, you can leave out the --discover flag. If you are adding multiple nodes (or a Datacenter), you may either specify them individually or use the --discover flag. Make sure you receive a confirmation with the IP address of the new node. For example:     OK
  2. Confirm the node / datacenter was added by checking its status. From the node running the Scylla Manager server, run the sctool status --cluster <cluster-name> command, using the name of the managed cluster.

    sctool status --cluster prod-cluster
    Datacenter: dc1
    │ CQL      │ SSL │ Host           │
    │ UP (2ms) │ OFF │ │
    │ UP (3ms) │ OFF │ │
    │ UP (5ms) │ OFF │ │
    │ UP (5ms) │ OFF │  │
  3. If you are using the Scylla Monitoring Stack, continue to Prometheus Target list for more information.

Remove a Node/Datacenter from Scylla Manager

There is no need to perform any action in Scylla Manager after removing a node or datacenter from a Scylla cluster.


If you are removing the cluster from Scylla Manager and you are using Scylla Monitoring, refer to Prometheus Target list for more information.

Retrieve a deleted SSH key file

If you deleted the SSH key files, you can restore them.

From an existing node search the /var/lib/scylla-manager/.ssh/authorized_keys directory and look for lines under the comment # Added by Scylla Manager. There you will find a copy of the public key. You can copy this key to connect to the private key held by Scylla Manager.