Replacing a dead seed node

In Scylla it is not possible to bootstrap a seed node. The following steps describe how to replace a dead seed node


Verify that the node is a seed node. Use the command below. cat /etc/scylla/scylla.yaml | grep seeds: If the dead node’s IP is in the seeds list it needa to be replaced.


  • Perform steps 1-3 for all the nodes in the cluster:
  1. Promote an existing node from the cluster to be a seed node by adding the node IP to the seed list in the scylla.yaml file. It can be found under /etc/scylla/
  2. Remove the dead node IP from the seeds providers list
  3. Restart the node in the cluster using

CentOS, RHEL or Ubuntu 16.04

sudo systemctl restart scylla-server

Ubuntu 14.04 or Debian

sudo service scylla-server restart

It is recommended to have more than one seed node in your cluster (it’s not allowed to define all the node in the cluster as seed node).