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Tutorial: Load streaming data from Kafka

Getting started

This tutorial demonstrates how to load data from a Kafka stream, using the Druid Kafka indexing service.

For this tutorial, we'll assume you've already downloaded Druid as described in the single-machine quickstart and have it running on your local machine. You don't need to have loaded any data yet.

Download and start Kafka

Apache Kafka is a high throughput message bus that works well with Druid. For this tutorial, we will use Kafka 0.10.2.0. To download Kafka, issue the following commands in your terminal:

curl -O https://archive.apache.org/dist/kafka/0.10.2.0/kafka_2.11-0.10.2.0.tgz
tar -xzf kafka_2.11-0.10.2.0.tgz
cd kafka_2.11-0.10.2.0

Start a Kafka broker by running the following command in a new terminal:

./bin/kafka-server-start.sh config/server.properties

Run this command to create a Kafka topic called wikipedia, to which we'll send data:

./bin/kafka-topics.sh --create --zookeeper localhost:2181 --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic wikipedia

Enable Druid Kafka ingestion

We will use Druid's Kafka indexing service to ingest messages from our newly created wikipedia topic. To start the service, we will need to submit a supervisor spec to the Druid overlord by running the following from the Druid package root:

curl -XPOST -H'Content-Type: application/json' -d @examples/wikipedia-kafka-supervisor.json http://localhost:8090/druid/indexer/v1/supervisor

If the supervisor was successfully created, you will get a response containing the ID of the supervisor; in our case we should see {"id":"wikipedia-kafka"}.

For more details about what's going on here, check out the Druid Kafka indexing service documentation.

Load data

Let's launch a console producer for our topic and send some data!

In your Kafka directory, run the following command, where {PATH_TO_DRUID} is replaced by the path to the Druid directory:

export KAFKA_OPTS="-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8"
./bin/kafka-console-producer.sh --broker-list localhost:9092 --topic wikipedia < {PATH_TO_DRUID}/quickstart/wikiticker-2015-09-12-sampled.json

The previous command posted sample events to the wikipedia Kafka topic which were then ingested into Druid by the Kafka indexing service. You're now ready to run some queries!

Querying your data

After data is sent to the Kafka stream, it is immediately available for querying.

Please follow the query tutorial to run some example queries on the newly loaded data.

Cleanup

If you wish to go through any of the other ingestion tutorials, you will need to reset the cluster and follow these reset instructions, as the other tutorials will write to the same "wikipedia" datasource.

Further reading

For more information on loading data from Kafka streams, please see the Druid Kafka indexing service documentation.