kafka + UI in docker
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Kafka in Docker

this is a collection of scripts that helps set up an Apache Kafka cluster also with a user interface that helps visualise partitions, topics and a few other parameters

It is based upon



(the following steps work in a Linux box with bash shell available)

It should start with installing docker and git

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install docker.io git -y
sudo usermod -aG docker `whoami`
newgrp docker

then follow with docker-compose installation

sudo curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.22.0/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

and then

git clone https://github.com/academyofdata/kafka.git ./kaf
cd kaf

from this repository and once all the files are retrieved a script designed to replace the Kafka Brokers advertised IP with that of the host


Once the IP is replaced one can start a cluster with the following steps

docker-compose up -d

(first time this is run, it will download a bunch of Docker images, so it will take some time). This is followed by

docker-compose scale kafka=3

Once this completes there should be 6 containers running (can be checked with docker ps). We can now make use of producer.sh / consumer.sh to write and read messages to a specific topic. These scripts have been designed as wrappers over the kafka-console-consumer.sh and kafka-console-producer.sh that come with standard Kafka distribution and they will be run in one container (randomly chosen from the three available)

  • producer.sh can receive one or two arguments. If one argument is passed; it should be the topic name; if two arguments are passed it will enable keyed messages ./producer.sh msg -> will publish messages in the 'msg' topic ./producer.sh msg key -> will publish messages in the 'msg' topic, each published message should have the form :
./producer.sh msg


./producer.sh msg usekey
  • consumer.sh only has one argument -> the topic it should read from
./consumer.sh msg


One of the started containers provides a browser based UI, can be accessed on [hostip]:9000 Kafka-Rest-UI

Generating sample (random) data

./data-gen.sh | /home/kuser/producer-notty.sh topicforrandomdata