Wrapper for librdkafka
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April 2018


Julia wrapper for librdkafka.


using Pkg

Prebuilt binaries of the librdkafka native library is downloaded. The binaries are available for all supported Julia platforms.


Start Kafka server

If you don't have one already started, download Kafka server and run it according to the official QuickStart Guide. Here's a short versioin of that guide:

cd to the kafka folder and in run the following commands in 2 different terminals:

# start ZooKeeper server
bin/zookeeper-server-start.sh config/zookeeper.properties
# start Kafka broker
bin/kafka-server-start.sh config/server.properties

In yet another terminal create a topic:

# create topic
bin/kafka-topics.sh --create --topic quickstart-events --bootstrap-server localhost:9092
# describe it
bin/kafka-topics.sh --describe --topic quickstart-events --bootstrap-server localhost:9092

Produce and consume some messages

Now in Julia console start polling using KafkaConsumer:

using RDKafka

c = KafkaConsumer("localhost:9092", "my-consumer-group")
parlist = [("quickstart-events", 0)]
subscribe(c, parlist)
timeout_ms = 1000
while true
    msg = poll(String, String, c, timeout_ms)

And procude a few messages using KafkaProducer

using RDKafka
import RDKafka.produce

p = KafkaProducer("localhost:9092")
partition = 0
produce(p, "quickstart-events", partition, "message key", "message payload")

In the consumer window you should see something like:

msg = nothing
msg = Message(message key: message payload)
msg = nothing
msg = nothing

where nothing means that there were no new messages in that polling interval while Message(...) is actual message we sent from producer.


librdkafka is highly customizable, see CONFIGURATION.md for the list of supported properties. To set a particular property, pass a conf object to KafkaProducer or KafkaConsumer, e.g.:

conf = Dict("socket.timeout.ms" => 300000)
p = KafkaProducer("localhost:9092", conf)

Error handling

Add the err_cb argument to either KafkaConsumer or KafkaProducer.

c = KafkaConsumer("localhost:9092", "my-consumer-group", err_cb=(err::Int, reason::String) -> throw(error(reason)))

Delivery reports

Add the dr_cb argument to a KafkaProducer.

p = KafkaProducer("localhost:9092", dr_cb=msg -> if msg.err != 0 throw(error("Delivery failed") end))


c = KafkaConsumer("localhost:9092", "my-consumer-group")
RDKafka.seek(c, timestamp_ms, timeout_ms)