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This tutorial demonstrates how to use Kafka workspace to explore and interact with Kafka.

Singl-node Kafka cluster is running within the workspace, but all the tools can be used with the external Kafka clusters.

To start, open a Quickstart page, and go to the VS-code. We will connect to the local Kafka cluster using VS-code Kafka extension. You only need to provide the name for the cluster, which can be any.

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Using VS-code Kafka extension create topic "quickstart-events", and cosume events from this topic directly in VS-code using Kafka extension

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Kafka native tools

Kafka distribution itself contains command line tools that allow to create topics, send and consume events, etc. Open workspace terminal http://localhost:8026/ and go to Kafka directory

cd /opt/kafka
  • create topic
bin/ --create --partitions 1 --replication-factor 1 --topic quickstart-events --bootstrap-server localhost:9092
  • send some messages
bin/ --topic quickstart-events --bootstrap-server localhost:9092
  • consume messages
bin/ --topic quickstart-events --from-beginning --bootstrap-server localhost:9092

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Kafka tool that likes JSON.

Configure brokers, topic, Kafka version and authentication via environment variables KT_BROKERS, KT_TOPIC, KT_KAFKA_VERSION and KT_AUTH.

  • Set topic to "quickstart-events" (local Kafka instance by default)
export KT_TOPIC="quickstart-events"
  • Get information about topics, brockers and consumer groups
kt topic 
kt group
  • consume messages
kt consume 
  • produce messages
echo 'Bob wins Oscar' | kt produce -topic quickstart-events -literal

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A command-line interface for interaction with Apache Kafka.

  • Consume from topic "quickstart-events"
kafkactl consume  quickstart-events --from-beginning
kafkactl consume quickstart-events --from-beginning --print-keys --print-timestamps -o yaml


Generic non-JVM producer and consumer for Apache Kafka.

  • Consume topic "quickstart-events"
kafkacat -b localhost -t quickstart-events
  • Produce events to the topic
echo "Hello World" | kafkacat -b localhost -t quickstart-events


Kafka read only command line browser

Launch kcli in the Workspace terminal



Kafka CLI tool built in Go which gives you everything you need.

  • Consume from the topic "quickstart-events"
trubka consume plain quickstart-events --brokers localhost:9092
  • Produce message to the topic
trubka produce plain quickstart-events "Random Data" --brokers localhost:9092