Kafka CLI kaf

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Kafka is super popular and powerful data streaming platform but I’m surprised by lack of easy cli tool.

To find out version, there is no such thing as kafka --version you do:

$ find /opt/kafka/libs/ -name kafka_\* | head -1

where 2.13 is scala version and 2.4.0 is kafka version.

One tool that I played with is lovely called kaf, “Modern CLI for Kafka”.

to list topics, you do:

sudo bin/kafka-topics.sh --list --bootstrap-server localhost:9092

whereas with kaf you do:

$ kaf topics  

to consume on console you do:

sudo bin/kafka-console-consumer.sh --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --topic test_topic

whereas with kaf you do:

kaf consume test_topic

just be able to omit –bootstrap-server etc makes you type less thus productive ;)

To install

go get github.com/birdayz/kaf/cmd/kaf

set auto-complete for zsh

echo 'source <(kaf completion zsh)' >> ~/.zshrc

for shell

echo 'source <(kaf completion bash)' >> ~/.bashrc

ADD and SELECT cluster ADD config for local

kaf config add-cluster local -b localhost:9092

This will create config file here:


Then you can SELECT to use this config

kaf config select-cluster 
Use the arrow keys to navigate: ↓ ↑ → ← 
? Select cluster: 
  ▸ local

LIST Kafka node

kaf node ls

LIST Kafka topics

kaf topics

Describe a topic

kaf topic describe ${topic}

List groups

kaf groups

Describe a group

You can see offset etc.

kaf group describe ${group}

LIST Kafka send message

echo '{"a": 123}' | kaf produce test_topic

LIST Kafka consume message

kaf consume test_topic --offset oldest|newest

Easy to install, easy to use, less typing and cluster def in yaml config. So why not use this!



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