Super column

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The super column consists of a (unique) super column name, and a number of columns.

A super column is a tuple (a pair) with a binary super column name and a value that maps it to many columns.[1] They consist of a key-value pairs, where the values are columns. Theoretically speaking, super columns are (sorted) associative array of columns.[2] Similar to a regular column family where a row is a sorted map of column names and column values, a row in a super column family is a sorted map of super column names that maps to column names and column values.

A super column is part of a keyspace (data model) together with other super columns and column families, and columns.

Code example[edit]

Written in the JSON-like syntax, a super column definition can be like this:

   "mccv": {
     "Tags": {
       "cassandra": {
         "incubator": {"url": ""},
         "jira": {"url": ""}
       "thrift": {
         "jira": {"url": ""}

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arin Sarkissian (2009-09-01). "WTF is a SuperColumn? An Intro to the Cassandra Data Model". Arin Sarkissian. A SuperColumn is a tuple with a binary name & a value which is a map containing an unbounded number of Columns – keyed by the Column‘s name. 
  2. ^ "Cassandra wiki: Data Model: Super columns". Apache Cassandra. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 

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