Connect an application

Yugabyte Go Driver for YCQL is based on gocql with additional smart driver features.

YugabyteDB Managed

To use the driver's partition-aware load balancing feature in a YugabyteDB Managed cluster, applications must be deployed in a VPC that has been peered with the cluster VPC so that they have access to all nodes in the cluster. For more information, refer to Using YCQL drivers with YugabyteDB Managed.


This tutorial assumes that you have:

  • installed YugabyteDB, created a universe and are able to interact with it using the YCQL shell. If not, follow these steps in Quick start.
  • installed Go version 1.13 or later.

Install the Yugabyte Go Driver for YCQL

To install the Yugabyte Go Driver for YCQL locally, run the following command:

$ go get

Write the YCQL sample application

Create a file ybcql_hello_world.go and copy the contents below into it.

package main;

import (


func main() {
    // Connect to the cluster.
    cluster := gocql.NewCluster("", "", "")

    // Use the same timeout as the Java driver.
    cluster.Timeout = 12 * time.Second

    // Create the session.
    session, _ := cluster.CreateSession()
    defer session.Close()

    // Set up the keyspace and table.
    if err := session.Query("CREATE KEYSPACE IF NOT EXISTS ybdemo").Exec(); err != nil {
    fmt.Println("Created keyspace ybdemo")

    if err := session.Query(`DROP TABLE IF EXISTS ybdemo.employee`).Exec(); err != nil {
    var createStmt = `CREATE TABLE ybdemo.employee (id int PRIMARY KEY,
                                                           name varchar,
                                                           age int,
                                                           language varchar)`;
    if err := session.Query(createStmt).Exec(); err != nil {
    fmt.Println("Created table ybdemo.employee")

    // Insert into the table.
    var insertStmt string = "INSERT INTO ybdemo.employee(id, name, age, language)" +
        " VALUES (1, 'John', 35, 'Go')";
    if err := session.Query(insertStmt).Exec(); err != nil {
    fmt.Printf("Inserted data: %s\n", insertStmt)

    // Read from the table.
    var name string
    var age int
    var language string
    iter := session.Query(`SELECT name, age, language FROM ybdemo.employee WHERE id = 1`).Iter()
    fmt.Printf("Query for id=1 returned: ");
    for iter.Scan(&name, &age, &language) {
        fmt.Printf("Row[%s, %d, %s]\n", name, age, language)

    if err := iter.Close(); err != nil {

Run the application

To use the application, run the following go run command:

$ go run ybcql_hello_world.go

You should see the following as the output.

Created keyspace ybdemo
Created table ybdemo.employee
Inserted data: INSERT INTO ybdemo.employee(id, name, age, language) VALUES (1, 'John', 35, 'Go')
Query for id=1 returned: Row[John, 35, Go]