Apache Kafka Run

Lets do the quick-start with Kafka broker service, and try some operations on it.

tar xvf kafka-x.x.x.tgz
cd kafka-x.x.x

Set the bin folder inside the kafka as a path to get access

Here how we start zookeper and kafka:

zookeeper-server-start.sh config/zookeeper.properties
kafka-server-start.sh config/server.properties

Lets create some topic, list it and see the detail information about that topic

kafka-topics --zookeeper --topic first_topic --create --partitions 3 --replication-factor 1
kafka-topics --zookeeper --list
kafka-topics --zookeeper --topic first_topic --describe

the following result will be shown:

Topic: first_topic	PartitionCount: 3	ReplicationFactor: 1	Configs:
	Topic: first_topic	Partition: 0	Leader: 0	Replicas: 0	Isr: 0
	Topic: first_topic	Partition: 1	Leader: 0	Replicas: 0	Isr: 0
	Topic: first_topic	Partition: 2	Leader: 0	Replicas: 0	Isr: 0

To read data from console input and publish it to Kafka you can use kafka-console-producer, as follows (when done with entering put Ctrl+C):

kafka-console-produce --broker-list --topic first_topic
# or 
kafka-console-produce --broker-list --topic first_topic --producer-property acks=all

Lets run consumer on topic first_topic, it starts consuming messages from the point when the consumer started

kafka-console-consumer --bootstrap-server --topic first_topic

if we want to start consumer that reads messages from very beginning (starting from initial offset)

kafka-console-consumer --bootstrap-server --topic first_topic --from-beginning

Here how we create a kafka consumer group. (The messages are distributed balancedly among consumers of the same group)

kafka-console-consumer --bootstrap-server --topic first_topic --group my-first-group

To perform operations over kafka consumer groups the following command can be used.

kafka-consumer-groups --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --list
kafka-consumer-groups --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --describe --group my-second-application

LAG - show the number of lagging messages that are supposed to be consumed by group my-second-application

Resetting Offsets

kafka-consumer-groups --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --group my-second-application --reset-offsets --to-earliest --execute --topic first_topic

--to-earliest argument reffers to start set the offset to the beginning --topic defines to which topic this operation supposed to be applied

additional parameters: --shift-by can be used to shift offset by given number

Kafka Tool

Open kafkatool.com to download Kafka UI Tool

Kafka Tool is a GUI application for managing and using Apache Kafka ® clusters. It provides an intuitive UI that allows one to quickly view objects within a Kafka cluster as well as the messages stored in the topics of the cluster. It contains features geared towards both developers and administrators. Some of the key features include

  • Quickly view all your Kafka clusters, including their brokers, topics and consumers
  • View contents of messages in your partitions and add new messages
  • View offsets of the consumers, including Apache Storm Kafka spout consumers
  • Show JSON and XML messages in a pretty-printed format
  • Add and drop topics plus other management features
  • Save individual messages from your partitions to local hard drive
  • Write your own plugins that allow you to view custom data formats
  • Kafka Tool runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS