Installing Kafka on Ubuntu

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Hello. Is there an easy way to install Kafka in Ubuntu?
Feb 21, 2019 in Apache Kafka by Girish
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I am not sure what you expect by easy way. But here are the steps to install Kafka:

You can install Kafka with the help of Zookeeper(installation link here).

First, we need to get the kafka files. You can download it from the following website:

https://kafka.apache.org/downloads

Extract the file using:

$ tar -xvf kafka-2.1.1-src.tgz

Next, you have to configure kafka server

In the kafka directory, search for server.properties and open it with a text editor:

$ cd /kafka-2.1.1-src/config/

$ nano server.properties

Add the following line at the end of the file:

delete.topic.enable = true

This will allow us to delete kafka topic (it is disabled by default)

Next, open the zookeeper.service file:

$ sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/zookeeper.service

And add the below entries:

[Unit]

Requires=network.target remote-fs.target

After=network.target remote-fs.target


[Service]

Type=simple

User=kafka

ExecStart=/home/kafka/kafka/bin/zookeeper-server-start.sh /home/kafka/kafka/config/zookeeper.properties

ExecStop=/home/kafka/kafka/bin/zookeeper-server-stop.sh

Restart=on-abnormal


[Install]

WantedBy=multi-user.target

And finally, create systemd service:

Open the kafka.service file:

$ sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/kafka.service

And add the following entries:

[Unit]

Requires=zookeeper.service

After=zookeeper.service


[Service]

Type=simple

User=kafka

ExecStart=/bin/sh -c '/home/kafka/kafka/bin/kafka-server-start.sh /home/kafka/kafka/config/server.properties > /home/kafka/kafka/kafka.log 2>&1'

ExecStop=/home/kafka/kafka/bin/kafka-server-stop.sh

Restart=on-abnormal


[Install]

WantedBy=multi-user.target

Lastly, to start kafka service, run:

$ sudo systemctl start kafka


Hope this helps!

To know more about Kafka, I would recommend you to enroll with Kafka training online today.

Thanks.

answered Feb 21, 2019 by Arun

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