Basic Kafka Consumer Java example (How to print Kafka records to terminal)

Basic Kafka Consumer example in java

In this tutorial you will learn, how to make a simple kafka consumer, which sends records for ever.

You will learn the following :

  • How to create topics
  • How to create Kafka Consumer
  • How to configure Kafka Properties
  • How to subscribe to a topic
  • How to poll infinitely with a consumer

You will learn how to create topics, how to create a Kafka consumer and how to configure it.

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The first example shows how to print out records from Kafka to the console.

We will have to set the properties for a Kafka Consumer Object and create it.

Then we subscribe to the topics of our choice

Setting Properties


Properties props = new Properties();
props.put(“bootstrap.servers”, “localhost:9092”);
props.put(“”, “test”);
props.put(“”, “true”);
props.put(“”, “1000”);
props.put(“”, “30000”);
props.put(“key.deserializer”, “org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer”);
props.put(“value.deserializer”, “org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer”);

Create an Instance of a KafkaConsumer Object and call the subscribe() method to subscribe to some topics

KafkaConsumer consumer = new KafkaConsumer<>(props);
consumer.subscribe(Arrays.asList(“wetter”, “bar”));

Ask the consumer for new records continuously

while (true) {
ConsumerRecords records = consumer.poll(100);
for (ConsumerRecord record : records) {
System.out.printf(“offset = %d, key = %s, value = %s”, record.offset(), record.key(), record.value());

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