IBM Event Streams helps you set up a Kafka Connect environment, prepare the connection to other systems by adding connectors to the environment, and start Kafka Connect with the connectors to help integrate external systems.
Log in to the Event Streams UI, and click Toolbox in the primary navigation. Scroll to the Connectors section and follow the guidance for each main task. You can also find additional help on this page.
Using Kafka Connect
The most straightforward way to run Kafka Connect on OpenShift Container Platform is to use a custom resource called
KafkaConnect. An instance of this custom resource represents a Kafka Connect distributed worker cluster. In this mode, workload balancing is automatic, scaling is dynamic, and tasks and data are fault-tolerant. Each connector is represented by another custom resource called
Kafka Connect topics
When running in distributed mode, Kafka Connect uses three topics to store configuration, current offsets and status. Kafka Connect can create these topics automatically as it is started by the Event Streams operator. By default, the topics are:
- connect-configs: This topic stores the connector and task configurations.
- connect-offsets: This topic stores offsets for Kafka Connect.
- connect-status: This topic stores status updates of connectors and tasks.
If you want to run multiple Kafka Connect environments on the same cluster, you can override the default names of the topics in the configuration.
Authentication and authorization
Kafka Connect uses an Apache Kafka client just like a regular application, and the usual authentication and authorization rules apply.
Kafka Connect will need authorization to:
- Produce and consume to the internal Kafka Connect topics and, if you want the topics to be created automatically, to create these topics
- Produce to the target topics of any source connectors you are using
- Consume from the source topics of any sink connectors you are using.
Note: For more information about authentication and the credentials and certificates required, see the information about managing access.
Kafka Connect Source-to-Image deprecation
KafkaConnectS2I custom resource is deprecated in Event Streams version 10.4.0 and later. When installing new Kafka Connect instances, use the
KafkaConnect custom resource and provide a pre-built image. The
KafkaConnectS2I custom resource will be removed in future versions of Event Streams. Ensure your existing Kafka Connect clusters are migrated to use the
KafkaConnect custom resource.
To migrate an existing Kafka Connect cluster from the
KafkaConnectS2I custom resource to the
KafkaConnect custom resource:
- Download the Kafka connect ZIP from the Event Streams UI.
- Build and push a Kafka Connect image that includes your connectors.
- Follow the steps in the Strimzi documentation to migrate the custom resource, setting the
.spec.imageproperty to be the image you built earlier.
Set up a Kafka Connect environment
To begin using Kafka Connect, do the following.
Download Kafka Connect configuration
- In the Event Streams UI, click Toolbox in the primary navigation. Scroll to the Connectors section.
- Go to the Set up a Kafka Connect environment tile, and click Set up.
- Click Download Kafka Connect ZIP to download the compressed file, then extract the contents to your preferred location.
You will have a Kubernetes manifest for a
Dockerfile, and an empty directory called
Configure Kafka Connect
Edit the downloaded
kafka-connect.yaml file to enable Kafka Connect to connect to your OpenShift Container Platform cluster. You can use the snippets in the Event Streams UI as guidance to configure Kafka Connect.
- Choose a name for your Kafka Connect instance.
- You can run more than one worker by increasing the
bootstrapServersto connect the bootstrap server address of a listener. If using an internal listener, this will be the address of a service. If using an external listener, this will be the address of a route.
- If you have fewer than 3 brokers in your Event Streams cluster, you must set
- Unless your Event Streams cluster has authentication turned off, you must provide authentication credentials in the
- If clients require a certificate to connect to your Event Streams cluster (as they will if you are connecting using a route), you must provide a certificate in the
Adding connectors to your Kafka Connect environment
Prepare Kafka Connect for connections to your other systems by adding the required connectors.
Following on from the previous step, click Next at the bottom of the page. You can also access this page by clicking Toolbox in the primary navigation, scrolling to the Connectors section, and clicking Add connectors on the Add connectors to your Kafka Connect environment tile.
To run a particular connector Kafka Connect must have access to a JAR file or set of JAR files for the connector.
If your connector consists of just a single JAR file, you can copy it directly into the
If your connector consists of multiple JAR files, create a directory for the connector inside the
my-plugins directory and copy all of the connector’s JAR files into that directory.
Here’s an example of how the directory structure might look with 3 connectors:
+-- my-plugins | +-- connector1.jar | +-- connector2 | | +-- connector2.jar | | +-- connector2-lib.jar | +-- connector3.jar
Build a Kafka Connect Docker image
Build a custom Kafka Connect Docker image that includes your chosen connectors.
Navigate to the directory where you extracted the Kafka Connect
.zip file and run the following command:
docker build -t my-connect-cluster-image:latest <extracted_zip>/
Note: You might need to log in to the IBM Container software library before building the image to allow the base image that is specified in the
Dockerfile to be pulled successfully.
Push the Kafka Connect Docker image to your registry
Push the custom Kafka Connect image containing your connector JAR files to an image registry that is accessible to your Event Streams instance.
To retag the image for your chosen registry:
docker tag my-connect-cluster-image:latest <registry>/my-connect-cluster-image:latest
To push the image:
docker push <registry>/my-connect-cluster-image:latest
Add the image to the Kafka Connect file
Edit the image property in the downloaded
kafka-connect.yaml file to match the image tag that was pushed to your image registry. See the Event Streams UI for an example.
Starting Kafka Connect with your connectors
Click Next at the bottom of the page. You can also access this page by clicking Toolbox in the primary navigation, scrolling to the Connectors section, and clicking Start Kafka Connect on the Start Kafka Connect with your connectors tile.
Start Kafka Connect with your connectors
By using the OpenShift Container Platform CLI, deploy the Kafka Connect instance by applying the YAML file:
oc apply -f kafka-connect.yaml
Wait for the Kafka Connect pod to become ready. You can check status with the following command:
oc get pods
When it is ready, you can use the following command to check the status and view which connectors are available:
oc describe kafkaconnect my-connect-cluster
Start a connector
Create a YAML file for the connector configuration. For the MQ connectors, you can use the Event Streams CLI to generate the YAML file. Alternatively, you can use the following template, taking care to replace
<kafka_connect_name> with the name of the KafkaConnect instance:
apiVersion: eventstreams.ibm.com/v1alpha1 kind: KafkaConnector metadata: name: <connector_name> labels: # The eventstreams.ibm.com/cluster label identifies the KafkaConnect instance # in which to create this connector. That KafkaConnect instance # must have the eventstreams.ibm.com/use-connector-resources annotation # set to true. eventstreams.ibm.com/cluster: <kafka_connect_name> spec: class: <connector_class_name> tasksMax: 1 config: # The connector configuration goes here
Start the connector build applying the YAML file:
oc apply -f <connector_filename>.yaml
You can view the status of the connector by describing the custom resource:
oc describe kafkaconnector <connector_name>