Kafka Connect plugin for Rockset
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Kafka Connect for Rockset

Kafka Connect for Rockset is a Kafka Connect Sink. This connector helps you load your data from Kafka Streams into Rockset collections through the Rockset Streaming Write API. Only valid JSON documents can be read from Kafka Streams and written to Rockset collections by Kafka Connect for Rockset.


  1. Kafka version 1.0.0+.

  2. Java 8+.

  3. An active Rockset account.


  1. Clone the repo from https://github.com/rockset/kafka-connect-rockset

  2. Verify that Java8 JRE or JDK is installed.

  3. Run mvn package. This will build the jar in the /target directory. The name will be kafka-connect-rockset-[VERSION]-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar.


  1. Start your Kafka cluster and confirm it is running.

  2. Kafka Connect can be run in standalone or distributed modes. In both modes, there is one configuration file that controls Kafka connect and a separate set of configuration for Rockset specific parameters. Depending on whether you are trying to run locally (standalone) or distributed, you will want to edit the appropriate configuration file - $KAFKA_HOME/config/connect-standalone.properties or $KAFKA_HOME/config/connect-distributed.properties respectively.

  3. In the config file mentioned above, adjust the values as shown below. For more information on installing Kafka Connect plugins please refer to the Confluent Documentation.

Name Value
bootstrap.servers <list-of-kafka-brokers>
plugin.path /path/to/rockset/sink/connector.jar
  1. In addition to this, if you are dealing with JSON files in your stream already, you can turn off schema enforcement and conversion that Kafka connect provides by setting the following properties in the config file.
Name Value
key.converter org.apache.kafka.connect.storage.StringConverter
value.converter org.apache.kafka.connect.storage.StringConverter
key.converter.schemas.enable false
value.converter.schemas.enable false

There are sample configuration files that you can use directly in the config/ directory in this project. You can verify that your settings match the ones provided in there.

  1. Place the jar file created by mvn package (kafka-connect-rockset-[VERSION]-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar) in or under the location specified in plugin.path
  2. If you are running in standalone mode modify the configuration file in the config/ directory in this repository and set the required parameters (see below). Run $KAFKA_HOME/bin/connect-standalone.sh ./config/connect-standalone.properties ./config/connect-rockset-sink.properties to start Kafka Connect with Rockset configured. This is sufficient for testing and should let you run a local Kafka Connect worker that uses the configuration provided in ./config/connect-rockset-sink.properties in this repository to write JSON documents from Kafka to Rockset.
  3. Alternately, if you're running in distributed mode, you'll run: $KAFKA_HOME/bin/connect-distributed.sh ./config/connect-distributed.properties to start Kafka Connect. You can then configure parameters associated with Rockset using Kafka Connect's REST API.
curl -i http://localhost:8083/connectors -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{
    "name": "rockset-sink",
      "connector.class": "rockset.RocksetSinkConnector",
      "tasks.max": "20",
      "rockset.task.threads": "5",
      "topics": "<your-kafka-topics separated by commas>",
      "rockset.collection": "<your-rockset-collection>",
      "rockset.apikey": "<your-api-key>",
      "rockset.apiserver.url": "https://api.rs2.usw2.rockset.com"
  1. In distributed mode, use the following commands to check status, and manage connectors and tasks:

# List active connectors
curl http://localhost:8083/connectors

# Get rockset-sink connector info
curl http://localhost:8083/connectors/rockset-sink

# Get rockset-sink connector config info
curl http://localhost:8083/connectors/rockset-sink/config

# Delete rockset-sink connector
curl http://localhost:8083/connectors/rockset-sink -X DELETE

# Get rockset-sink connector task info
curl http://localhost:8083/connectors/rockset-sink/tasks

See the the Confluent documentation for more REST examples.



Required Parameters

Name Description Default Value
name Connector name. A consumer group with this name will be created with tasks to be distributed evenly across the connector cluster nodes.
connector.class The Java class used for executing the connector logic. rockset.RocksetSinkConnector
tasks.max The number of tasks generated to handle data collection jobs in parallel. The tasks will be spread evenly across all Rockset Kafka Connector nodes.
topics List of comma-separated Kafka topics that should be watched by this Rockset Kafka Connector.
rockset.apiserver.url URL of the Rockset API Server to connect to. https://api.rs2.usw2.rockset.com
rockset.collection The name of the Rockset collection into which this connector will write.
rockset.apikey API Key authenticates the connector to write into Rockset collections

Optional Parameters

Name Description Default Value
rockset.task.threads Number of threads that each task should spawn when writing to Rockset. 5


Rockset Connect for Kafka is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.