Apache Kafka Sink

This page shows how to install and configure Apache Kafka Sink.


Knative Eventing installation.


  1. Install the Kafka controller:

    kubectl apply --filename https://github.com/knative-sandbox/eventing-kafka-broker/releases/download/v0.19.0/eventing-kafka-controller.yaml
  2. Install the Kafka Sink data plane:

    kubectl apply --filename https://github.com/knative-sandbox/eventing-kafka-broker/releases/download/v0.19.0/eventing-kafka-sink.yaml
  3. Verify that kafka-controller and kafka-sink-receiver are running:

    kubectl get deployments.apps -n knative-eventing

    Example output:

    NAME                           READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
    eventing-controller            1/1     1            1           10s
    eventing-webhook               1/1     1            1           9s
    kafka-controller               1/1     1            1           3s
    kafka-sink-receiver            1/1     1            1           5s

Kafka Sink

A KafkaSink object looks like this:

apiVersion: eventing.knative.dev/v1alpha1
kind: KafkaSink
  name: my-kafka-sink
  namespace: default
  topic: mytopic
   - my-cluster-kafka-bootstrap.kafka:9092

Kafka Producer configurations

A Kafka Producer is the component responsible for sending events to the Apache Kafka cluster. Knative exposes all available Kafka Producer configurations that can be modified to suit your workloads.

You can change these configurations by modifying the config-kafka-sink-data-plane config map in the knative-eventing namespace.

Documentation for the settings available in this config map is available on the Apache Kafka website, in particular, Producer configurations.

Enable debug logging for data plane components

To enable debug logging for data plane components change the logging level to DEBUG in the kafka-config-logging config map.

  1. Apply the following kafka-config-logging config map:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ConfigMap
      name: kafka-config-logging
      namespace: knative-eventing
      config.xml: |
          <appender name="jsonConsoleAppender" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
            <encoder class="net.logstash.logback.encoder.LogstashEncoder"/>
          <root level="DEBUG">
            <appender-ref ref="jsonConsoleAppender"/>
  2. Restart the kafka-sink-receiver:

    kubectl rollout restart deployment -n knative-eventing kafka-sink-receiver

Additional information