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The Amazon Kinesis Client Library for Java (Amazon KCL) enables Java developers to easily consume and process data from Amazon Kinesis.


  • Provides an easy-to-use programming model for processing data using Amazon Kinesis
  • Helps with scale-out and fault-tolerant processing

Getting Started

  1. Sign up for AWS — Before you begin, you need an AWS account. For more information about creating an AWS account and retrieving your AWS credentials, see AWS Account and Credentials in the AWS SDK for Java Developer Guide.
  2. Sign up for Amazon Kinesis — Go to the Amazon Kinesis console to sign up for the service and create an Amazon Kinesis stream. For more information, see Create an Amazon Kinesis Stream in the Amazon Kinesis Developer Guide.
  3. Minimum requirements — To use the Amazon Kinesis Client Library, you'll need Java 1.8+. For more information about Amazon Kinesis Client Library requirements, see Before You Begin in the Amazon Kinesis Developer Guide.
  4. Using the Amazon Kinesis Client Library — The best way to get familiar with the Amazon Kinesis Client Library is to read Developing Record Consumer Applications in the Amazon Kinesis Developer Guide.

Building from Source

After you've downloaded the code from GitHub, you can build it using Maven. To disable GPG signing in the build, use this command: mvn clean install -Dgpg.skip=true

Integration with the Kinesis Producer Library

For producer-side developers using the Kinesis Producer Library (KPL), the KCL integrates without additional effort. When the KCL retrieves an aggregated Amazon Kinesis record consisting of multiple KPL user records, it will automatically invoke the KPL to extract the individual user records before returning them to the user.

Amazon KCL support for other languages

To make it easier for developers to write record processors in other languages, we have implemented a Java based daemon, called MultiLangDaemon that does all the heavy lifting. Our approach has the daemon spawn a sub-process, which in turn runs the record processor, which can be written in any language. The MultiLangDaemon process and the record processor sub-process communicate with each other over STDIN and STDOUT using a defined protocol. There will be a one to one correspondence amongst record processors, child processes, and shards. For Python developers specifically, we have abstracted these implementation details away and expose an interface that enables you to focus on writing record processing logic in Python. This approach enables KCL to be language agnostic, while providing identical features and similar parallel processing model across all languages.

Release Notes

Latest Release (2.0.0)

  • The Maven groupId, along with the version, for the Amazon Kinesis Client has changed from com.amazonaws to
    To add a dependency on the new version of the Amazon Kinesis Client:

  • Added support for Enhanced Fan Out.
    Enhanced Fan Out provides for lower end to end latency, and increased number of consumers per stream.

    • Records are now delivered via streaming, reducing end-to-end latency.
    • The Amazon Kinesis Client will automatically register a new consumer if required.
      When registering a new consumer, the Kinesis Client will default to the application name unless configured otherwise.
    • SubscribeToShard maintains long lived connections with Kinesis, which in the AWS Java SDK 2.0 is limited by default.
      The KinesisClientUtil has been added to assist configuring the maxConcurrency of the KinesisAsyncClient.
      WARNING: The Amazon Kinesis Client may see significantly increased latency, unless the KinesisAsyncClient is configured to have a maxConcurrency high enough to allow all leases plus additional usages of the KinesisAsyncClient.
    • The Amazon Kinesis Client now uses additional Kinesis API's:
      WARNING: If using a restrictive Kinesis IAM policy you may need to add the following API methods to the policy.
    • New configuration options are available to configure Enhanced Fan Out.
    Name Default Description
    consumerArn Unset The ARN for an already created consumer. If this is set, the Kinesis Client will not attempt to create a consumer.
    streamName Unset The name of the stream that a consumer should be create for if necessary
    consumerName Unset The name of the consumer to create. If this is not set the applicationName will be used instead.
    applicationName Unset The name of the application. This is used as the name of the consumer unless consumerName is set.
  • Modular Configuration of the Kinesis Client The Kinesis Client has migrated to a modular configuration system, and the KinesisClientLibConfiguration class has been removed.
    Configuration has been split into 7 classes. Default versions of the configuration can be created from the ConfigsBuilder.
    Please see the migration guide for more information.

    • CheckpointConfig
    • CoordinatorConfig
    • LeaseManagementConfig
    • LifecycleConfig
    • MetricsConfig
    • ProcessorConfig
    • RetrievalConfig
  • Upgraded to AWS Java SDK 2.0
    The Kinesis Client now uses the AWS Java SDK 2.0. The dependency on AWS Java SDK 1.11 has been removed. All configurations will only accept 2.0 clients.

    • When configuring the KinesisAsyncClient the KinesisClientUtil#createKinesisAsyncClient can be used to configure the Kinesis Client
    • If you need support for AWS Java SDK 1.11 you will need to add a direct dependency.
      When adding a dependency you must ensure that the 1.11 versions of Jackson dependencies are excluded
      Please see the migration guide for more information
  • MultiLangDaemon is now a separate module
    The MultiLangDaemon has been separated to its own Maven module and is no longer available in amazon-kinesis-client. To include the MultiLangDaemon, add a dependency on amazon-kinesis-client-multilang.

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