Fix a broken sstable. The scrub process rewrites the sstable, skipping any corrupted rows. Because these rows are lost, follow this process with a repair.


Cassandra must be stopped before this tool is executed, or unexpected results will occur. Note: the script does not verify that Cassandra is stopped.


sstablescrub <options> <keyspace> <table>

–debug display stack traces
-e,–header-fix <arg>

Option whether and how to perform a check of the sstable serialization-headers and fix , fixable issues. Possible argument values:

  • validate-only: validate the serialization-headers, but do not fix those. Do not continue with scrub - i.e. only validate the header (dry-run of fix-only).
  • validate: (default) validate the serialization-headers, but do not fix those and only continue with scrub if no error were detected.
  • fix-only: validate and fix the serialization-headers, don’t continue with scrub.
  • fix: validate and fix the serialization-headers, do not fix and do not continue with scrub if the serialization-header check encountered errors.
  • off: don’t perform the serialization-header checks.
-h,–help display this help message
-m,–manifest-check only check and repair the leveled manifest, without actually scrubbing the sstables
-n,–no-validate do not validate columns using column validator
-r,–reinsert-overflowed-ttl Rewrites rows with overflowed expiration date affected by CASSANDRA-14092 with the maximum supported expiration date of 2038-01-19T03:14:06+00:00. The rows are rewritten with the original timestamp incremented by one millisecond to override/supersede any potential tombstone that may have been generated during compaction of the affected rows.
-s,–skip-corrupted skip corrupt rows in counter tables
-v,–verbose verbose output

Basic Scrub

The scrub without options will do a snapshot first, then write all non-corrupted files to a new sstable.


sstablescrub keyspace1 standard1
Pre-scrub sstables snapshotted into snapshot pre-scrub-1534424070883
Scrubbing BigTableReader(path='/var/lib/cassandra/data/keyspace1/standard1-6365332094dd11e88f324f9c503e4753/mc-5-big-Data.db') (17.142MiB)
Scrub of BigTableReader(path='/var/lib/cassandra/data/keyspace1/standard1-6365332094dd11e88f324f9c503e4753/mc-5-big-Data.db') complete: 73367 rows in new sstable and 0 empty (tombstoned) rows dropped
Checking leveled manifest

Scrub without Validation


Use the –no-validate option to retain data that may be misrepresented (e.g., an integer stored in a long field) but not corrupt. This data usually doesn not present any errors to the client.


sstablescrub --no-validate keyspace1 standard1
Pre-scrub sstables snapshotted into snapshot pre-scrub-1536243158517
Scrubbing BigTableReader(path='/var/lib/cassandra/data/keyspace1/standard1-bc9cf530b1da11e886c66d2c86545d91/mc-2-big-Data.db') (4.482MiB)
Scrub of BigTableReader(path='/var/lib/cassandra/data/keyspace1/standard1-bc9cf530b1da11e886c66d2c86545d91/mc-2-big-Data.db') complete; looks like all 0 rows were tombstoned

Skip Corrupted Counter Tables


If counter tables are corrupted in a way that prevents sstablescrub from completing, you can use the –skip-corrupted option to skip scrubbing those counter tables. This workaround is not necessary in versions 2.0+.


sstablescrub --skip-corrupted keyspace1 counter1

Dealing with Overflow Dates


Using the option –reinsert-overflowed-ttl allows a rewriting of rows that had a max TTL going over the maximum (causing an overflow).


sstablescrub --reinsert-overflowed-ttl keyspace1 counter1

Manifest Check

As of Cassandra version 2.0, this option is no longer relevant, since level data was moved from a separate manifest into the sstable metadata.