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Using the Kafka Inbound Endpoint

Example use case

This sample demonstrates how one way message bridging from Kafka to HTTP can be done using the inbound kafka endpoint.

Synapse configuration

Following are the integration artifacts that we can used to implement this scenario. See the instructions on how to build and run this example.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<inboundEndpoint name="KAFKAListenerEP" sequence="kafka_process_seq" onError="fault" class="org.wso2.carbon.inbound.kafka.KafkaMessageConsumer" suspend="false" 
        <parameter name="sequential">true</parameter>
        <parameter name="interval">10</parameter>
        <parameter name="coordination">true</parameter>
        <parameter name="inbound.behavior">polling</parameter>
        <parameter name="value.deserializer">org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer</parameter>
        <parameter name="">test</parameter>
        <parameter name="poll.timeout">100</parameter>
        <parameter name="bootstrap.servers">localhost:9092</parameter>
        <parameter name="">hello</parameter>
        <parameter name="contentType">application/json</parameter>
        <parameter name="key.deserializer">org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer</parameter>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<sequence xmlns="" name="kafka_process_seq">
   <log level="full"/>
   <log level="custom">
      <property xmlns:ns="http://org.apache.synapse/xsd" name="partitionNo" expression="get-property('partitionNo')"/>
   <log level="custom">
      <property xmlns:ns="http://org.apache.synapse/xsd" name="messageValue" expression="get-property('messageValue')"/>
   <log level="custom">
      <property xmlns:ns="http://org.apache.synapse/xsd" name="offset" expression="get-property('offset')"/>

Build and run

Create the artifacts:

  1. Set up WSO2 Integration Studio.
  2. Create an integration project with an ESB Configs module and an Composite Exporter.
  3. Create a mediation sequence and inbound endpoint with configurations given in the above example.
  4. Deploy the artifacts in your Micro Integrator.

Set up the back-end service.

  • Apache Kafka inbound endpoint should be configured. The recommended version for the customized kafka inbound endpoint is kafka_2.12-2.2.1. See Configuring Kafka for more information.

  • Go to the WSO2 Connector Store and click Download Inbound Endpoint to download the inbound JAR file. Add the downloaded JAR file to the /dropins directory.

Run the following commands in the directory to invoke the service.

  • Run the following on the Kafka command line to create a topic named test with a single partition and only one replica:

    bin/ --create --zookeeper localhost:2181 --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic test
  • Run the following on the Kafka command line to send a message to the Kafka brokers. You can also use the WSO2 ESB Kafka producer connector to send the message to the Kafka brokers.

    bin/ --broker-list localhost:9092 --topic test
  • Executing the above command will open up the console producer. Send the following message using the console:


You can see the following Message content in the Micro Integrator:

[2020-02-19 12:39:59,331]  INFO {org.apache.synapse.mediators.builtin.LogMediator} - To: , MessageID: d130fb8f-5d77-43f8-b6e0-85b98bf0f8c1, Direction: request, Payload: {"test":"wso2"}
[2020-02-19 12:39:59,335]  INFO {org.apache.synapse.mediators.builtin.LogMediator} - partitionNo = 0
[2020-02-19 12:39:59,336]  INFO {org.apache.synapse.mediators.builtin.LogMediator} - messageValue = {"test":"wso2"}
[2020-02-19 12:39:59,336]  INFO {org.apache.synapse.mediators.builtin.LogMediator} - offset = 6

The Kafka inbound gets the messages from the Kafka brokers and logs the messages in the Micro Integrator.

Using specific topics/topic patterns

You may consume messages in two ways: Using specific topics or using a topic pattern.

<parameter name="topic.names">test,sampletest</parameter>
<parameter name="topic.pattern">.*test</parameter>