Fixing Name or service not known

By default kafka will use machine hostname to advertise its address to listeners. See this issue for details.

If kafka box cannot be accessed from other box using the hostname, you may need to modify advertised.listeners on its server.properties file then restart it.

Multiple listeners can be specified, separated by comma. Example of valid advertised.listeners value:

PLAINTEXT://myhost:9092,TRACE://:9091 PLAINTEXT://, TRACE://localhost:9093

Kafka on Low Memory Environment


Using kafkacat to peek into a topic

kafkacat -b -t goresto-api_logs -p 0 -o -10

Read the last 2000 messages from 'syslog' topic, then exit
$ kafkacat -C -b mybroker -t syslog -p 0 -o -2000 -e

Useful commands

./kafka-consumer-groups.sh  --list --bootstrap-server <KAFKA BROKER>:9092
./kafka-consumer-groups.sh --describe --group <CONSUMER GROUP> --bootstrap-server <KAFKA BROKER>:9092


Installing kafka-manager manually

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

sudo cp /etc/profile /etc/profile_backup 
echo 'export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-amd64' | sudo tee -a /etc/profile
source /etc/profile

wget https://downloads.lightbend.com/scala/2.12.6/scala-2.12.6.deb
sudo dpkg -i scala-2.12.6.deb
scala -version

echo "deb https://dl.bintray.com/sbt/debian /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sbt.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 2EE0EA64E40A89B84B2DF73499E82A75642AC823
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sbt

git clone https://github.com/yahoo/kafka-manager.git
cd ./kafka-manager
sbt clean dist

mv ./target/universal/kafka-manager- ~/
unzip kafka-manager-
rm kafka-manager-
cd kafka-manager-

Monitoring Lag using Burrow

See here

Running Kafka on Production

Common Issues

  • Zookeeper out of sync
  • Unregistered broker
  • Under replicated partition
  • Kafka disk is full

Optimizing Kafka

If we can afford missing messages, we can do this to increase throughput: - Leader ACK only when producing message - Unclean leader election, unclean node can become leader

Fronting kafka architecture: - https://blog.gojekengineering.com/kafka-4066a4ea8d0d

Misc: - https://www.confluent.io/blog/how-choose-number-topics-partitions-kafka-cluster - https://hiya.com/blog/2018/06/07/hiyas-best-practices-around-kafka-consistency-and-availability/ - https://engineering.linkedin.com/kafka/benchmarking-apache-kafka-2-million-writes-second-three-cheap-machines

Monitoring & Tools

  • Burrow (to monitor lag)
  • Jolokia
  • Kafka Manager
  • Zookeeper CLI