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Setup Scylla Manager

The procedures that follow assume that you already have downloaded and installed Scylla and Scylla Manager as outlined in the Prerequisites.


A Scylla datastore (local or remote) is a prerequisite for the Scylla Manager installation. Scylla (Open Source or Enterprise) should be installed on the Scylla Nodes as well.

Scylla Manager for Scylla Enterprise When you install Scylla Manager with Scylla Enterprise, it includes a local instance of Scylla. If you want to setup Scylla Manager with a remote Scylla backend database, follow this procedure first.

Scylla Manager for Scylla Open Source When you install Scylla Manager with Scylla Open Source, Scylla is not included. Therefore, before you install the Scylla Manager, you need to:

  1. Download and install Scylla either as a local or remote database.

  2. Following Scylla Installation, do one of the following:

  3. Confirm that Scylla Server service runs with no errors.

  4. Download and Install Scylla Manager (registration required).

Run the scyllamgr_setup script

The Scylla Manager setup script automates the configuration of Scylla Manager by asking you some simple questions.


Run the scyllamgr_setup script to configure the service.

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.

If you are using remote Scylla backend, answer no, but make sure you have followed this procedure first. If you are not using a remote Scylla backend, answer yes.

Do you want to enable Scylla Manager?
Answer yes to automatically start Scylla Manager when the node boots; answer no to skip this step.

If you answer No to the question, you will have to start the service manually each time you want to use it.

If you answer Yes, the script continues to create a symbolic link so that the Scylla server service starts automatically.

Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/ to /usr/lib/systemd/system/scylla-server.service.
Scylla Manager setup finished.

Enable Bash Script Completion

Enable bash completion for sctool: the Scylla Manager CLI. Alternatively, you can just open a new terminal.

source /etc/bash_completion.d/sctool.bash

Start Scylla Manager

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


  1. Start the Scylla Manager server service.

sudo systemctl start scylla-manager.service
  1. Verify the Scylla Manager server service 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 Tue 2019-04-02 17:59:37 UTC; 2h 22min ago
  Main PID: 5810 (scylla-manager)
    Tasks: 9
   Memory: 5.3M
   CGroup: /system.slice/scylla-manager.service
                └─5810 /usr/bin/scylla-manager

Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
  1. Confirm sctool is running by displaying the sctool version.

sctool version
Client version: 1.4-0.20190324.247a5585
Server version: 1.4-0.20190324.247a5585


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

Add a cluster

Continue with adding a cluster.