ballerinax/kafka Ballerina library



This module provides an implementation to interact with Kafka Brokers via Kafka Consumer and Kafka Producer clients.

Apache Kafka is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used for high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics, data integration, and mission-critical applications.

This module supports Kafka 1.x.x and 2.0.0 versions.

Consumer and producer

Kafka producer

A Kafka producer is a Kafka client that publishes records to the Kafka cluster. The producer is thread-safe and sharing a single producer instance across threads will generally be faster than having multiple instances. When working with a Kafka producer, the first thing to do is to initialize the producer. For the producer to execute successfully, an active Kafka broker should be available.

The code snippet given below initializes a producer with the basic configuration.

import ballerinax/kafka;

kafka:ProducerConfiguration producerConfiguration = {
    clientId: "basic-producer",
    acks: "all",
    retryCount: 3

kafka:Producer kafkaProducer = check new (kafka:DEFAULT_URL, producerConfiguration);

Kafka consumer

A Kafka consumer is a subscriber responsible for reading records from one or more topics and one or more partitions of a topic. When working with a Kafka consumer, the first thing to do is initialize the consumer. For the consumer to execute successfully, an active Kafka broker should be available.

The code snippet given below initializes a consumer with the basic configuration.

kafka:ConsumerConfiguration consumerConfiguration = {
    groupId: "group-id",    // Unique string that identifies the consumer
    offsetReset: "earliest",    // Offset reset strategy if no initial offset
    topics: ["kafka-topic"]

kafka:Consumer kafkaConsumer = check new (kafka:DEFAULT_URL, consumerConfiguration);


The Kafka consumer can be used as a listener to a set of topics without the need to manually poll the messages.

You can use the Caller to manually commit the offsets of the messages that are read by the service. The following code snippet shows how to initialize and define the listener and how to commit the offsets manually.

kafka:ConsumerConfiguration consumerConfigs = {
    groupId: "group-id",
    topics: ["kafka-topic-1"],
    pollingInterval: 1,
    autoCommit: false

listener kafka:Listener kafkaListener = new (kafka:DEFAULT_URL, consumerConfiguration);

service kafka:Service on kafkaListener {
    remote function onConsumerRecord(kafka:Caller caller, kafka:ConsumerRecord[] records) {
        // processes the records
        // commits the offsets manually
        kafka:Error? commitResult = caller->commit();

        if commitResult is kafka:Error {
            log:printError("Error occurred while committing the offsets for the consumer ", 'error = commitResult);

Data serialization

Serialization is the process of converting data into a stream of bytes that is used for transmission. Kafka stores and transmits these bytes of arrays in its queue. Deserialization does the opposite of serialization in which bytes of arrays are converted into the desired data type.

Currently, this module only supports the byte array data type for both the keys and values. The following code snippets show how to produce and read a message from Kafka.

string message = "Hello World, Ballerina";
string key = "my-key";
// converts the message and key to a byte array
check kafkaProducer->send({ topic: "test-kafka-topic", key: key.toBytes(), value: message.toBytes() });
kafka:ConsumerRecord[] records = check kafkaConsumer->poll(1);

foreach var kafkaRecord in records {
    byte[] messageContent = kafkaRecord.value;
    // tries to generate the string value from the byte array
    string result = check string:fromBytes(messageContent);
    io:println("The result is : ", result);


In Kafka, records are grouped into smaller units called partitions. These can be processed independently without compromising the correctness of the results and lays the foundation for parallel processing. This can be achieved by using multiple consumers within the same group each reading and processing data from a subset of topic partitions and running in a single thread.

Topic partitions are assigned to consumers automatically or you can manually assign topic partitions.

The following code snippet joins a consumer to the consumer-group and assigns it to a topic partition manually.

kafka:ConsumerConfiguration consumerConfigs = {
    // `groupId` determines the consumer group
    groupId: "consumer-group",
    pollingInterval: 1,
    autoCommit: false

kafka:Consumer kafkaConsumer = check new (kafka:DEFAULT_URL, consumerConfiguration);
// creates a topic partition
kafka:TopicPartition topicPartition = {
    topic: "kafka-topic-1",
    partition: 1
// passes the topic partitions to the assign function as an array
check kafkaConsumer->assign([topicPartition]);


import ballerinax/kafka;Copy


Released date: over 1 year ago

Version: 3.7.0

License: Apache-2.0


Platform: java11

Ballerina version: 2201.5.0

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