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🧸 kcctl – Your Cuddly CLI for Apache Kafka Connect

It's Casey. Casey Cuddle.

This project is a command-line client for Kafka Connect. Relying on the idioms and semantics of kubectl, it allows you to register and examine connectors, delete them, restart them, etc. You can see what kcctl is about in this lightning talk from Devoxx:

Taming Kafka Connect with kcctl

🧸 Installation

The latest stable release of kcctl for Linux (x86), macOS (x86 and AArch64), and Windows (x86) can be retrieved via SDKMan:

sdk install kcctl

You may also use Homebrew to install kcctl on Linux and macOS, by configuring our tap:

brew install kcctl/tap/kcctl

It is recommended to install the bash/zsh completion script kcctl_completion:

. kcctl_completion

Alternatively, you can obtain early access binaries from here. This is a rolling release, new binaries are published upon each commit pushed to the kcctl repository.

Note: on macOS, you need to remove the quarantine flag after downloading, as the distribution currently is not signed:

xattr -r -d path /to/kcctl-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT-osx-x86_64/

🧸 Usage


Before you can start using kcctl you need to create a configuration context. A configuration context is a set of configuration parameters, grouped by a name, describing one particular Kafka Connect environment. All subsequent commands will be executed using the currently active context.

To create a configuration context named local, with the Kafka Connect cluster URL set to http://localhost:8083, issue the following command

kcctl config set-context local --cluster http://localhost:8083

❗ Note that certain commands will require additional parameters, like bootstrap-servers and offset-topic.

Type kcctl info to display some information about the Kafka Connect cluster. The command will use the currently active context, local in this case, to resolve the cluster URL.

Available Commands

Display the help to learn about using kcctl:

kcctl help
Usage: kcctl [-hV] [COMMAND]
A command-line interface for Kafka Connect
  -h, --help      Show this help message and exit.
  -V, --version   Print version information and exit.
  info      Displays information about the Kafka Connect cluster
  config    Sets or retrieves the configuration of this client
  get       Displays information about connector plug-ins, connector offsets,
              created connectors, and loggers
  describe  Displays detailed information about the specified resources
  apply     Applies the given files or the stdin content for registering or
              updating connectors
  patch     Modifies connector offsets, connector configurations, or logger
  restart   Restarts some connectors or a task
  pause     Pauses connectors
  resume    Resumes connectors
  stop      Stops (but does not delete) connectors
  delete    Deletes connectors or their offsets
  help      Display help information about the specified command.


If your cluster enforces authentication, you may configure your username and password with the username and password parameters:

kcctl config set-context local --cluster http://localhost:8083 --username myusername --password mypassword

❗ Note that setting user name and password via CLI may store those credentials in your terminal history. To work around this, you may set the username and password directly in your .kcctl file:

  "currentContext" : "local",
  "local" : {
    "cluster" : "http://localhost:8083",
    "username" : "myusername",
    "password" : "mypassword"

Currently, only basic authentication is supported.

🧸 Development

This project uses Quarkus, the Supersonic Subatomic Java Framework.

To build the project, make sure to the following things are installed:

  • Java 17
  • Alternatively, for creating native binaries, GraalVM 22.1.0 or newer
  • When using GraalVM, the native image tool (install via $JAVA_HOME/bin/gu install native-image)
  • Docker must for running the integration tests (via Testcontainers)

The following build commands are commonly used:

# Build and run all the tests
./mvnw clean verify

# Build and skip integration tests
./mvnw clean verify -Dquarkus.test.profile.tags="basic"

# Format sources
./mvnw process-sources

Running the Application in Dev Mode

You can run your application in dev mode that enables live coding using:

./mvnw compile quarkus:dev

To seed the command line arguments, pass the -Dquarkus.args option:

./mvnw compile quarkus:dev -Dquarkus.args='patch get connectors'

In dev mode, remote debuggers can connect to the running application on port 5005. In order to wait for a debugger to connect, pass the -Dsuspend option.

Packaging and Running the Application

The application can be packaged using:

./mvnw package

It produces the quarkus-run.jar file in the target/quarkus-app/ directory. Be aware that it’s not an über-jar as the dependencies are copied into the target/quarkus-app/lib/ directory.

The application is now runnable using java -jar target/quarkus-app/quarkus-run.jar. You should define an alias kcctl:

alias kcctl="java -jar target/quarkus-app/quarkus-run.jar"

Creating a Native Executable

You can create a native executable using:

./mvnw package -Pnative

You can then execute your native executable with: ./target/kcctl-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT-runner

As above, either define an alias kcctl or rename the resulting executable accordingly.

Updating the Completion Script

Build the application in JVM mode. Then recreate the completion script:

java -cp "target/quarkus-app/app/*:target/quarkus-app/lib/main/*:target/quarkus-app/quarkus-run.jar" \
  picocli.AutoComplete -n kcctl --force org.kcctl.command.KcCtlCommand

Edit the completion script kcctl_completion, replace all the quotes around generated completion invocations with back ticks, making them actual invocations of kcctl:

--- local CONNECTOR_NAME_pos_param_args="kcctl connector-name-completions" # 0-0 values
+++ local CONNECTOR_NAME_pos_param_args=`kcctl connector-name-completions` # 0-0 values

Currently, three kinds of completions exist: connector-name-completions, task-name-completions, and logger-name-completions.

Related Quarkus Guides

  • Picocli (guide): Develop command line applications with Picocli
  • Quarkus native apps (guide): Develop native applications with Quarkus and GraalVM

🧸 License

This code base is available under the Apache License, version 2.