Kafka with Camel

Kafka is a populair opensource, distributed streaming, platform which prides itself on key features as fault-tolerance and replay options. My colleague Jan van Zoggel wrote a nice “getting started” blog post about kafka which can be found here.

In this blogpost I will show you, in some very easy steps, how you can start producing and consuming kafka messages with apache Camel.

First of all you need to install Kafka itself (https://kafka.apache.org/quickstart). After you have started the kafka service you need to create a topic.

bin/kafka-topics.sh --create --zookeeper localhost:2181 --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic theBigKafkaTestTopic

When the topic is created you can start producing messages on the topic. Add the dependency to your pom file.

<dependency>
  <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
  <artifactId>camel-kafka</artifactId>
</dependency>

The following code snippet shows how to send a message to a kafka topic. Note that a header is set (KafkaConstants.KEY) this is the unique identifier for the kafka message.

from("timer:trigger")
 .transform().simple("ref:myBean")
 .setHeader(KafkaConstants.KEY,simple("bean:generateUUID?method=getGuid") )
 .log("${header.kafka.KEY}")
 .to("kafka:localhost:9092?topic=theBigKafkaTestTopic");

Consuming can be done by adding the configuration url to your from component.


from("kafka:localhost:9092?topic=theBigKafkaTestTopic&groupId=testing&autoOffsetReset=earliest&consumersCount=1")
 .log("${body}")
 .end();

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