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How to Install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 20 04

Install Apache Kafka server on ubuntu 20.04 server

Apache Kafka is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used by thousands of companies for high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics,data integration, and mission-critical applications.

In this tutorial,we will show you how to install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1: Install java

first we need to update packages and install java 8 or 11 using apt.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

once java is installed, you can check the version

java --version

sample output:

openjdk 11.0.10 2021-01-19
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.10+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu1.20.04)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.10+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu1.20.04, mixed mode, sharing)

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Step 2: download Apache kafka

you can download latest stable version from official webpage.

wget https://downloads.apache.org/kafka/2.8.0/kafka_2.13-2.8.0.tgz

untar it and move to any specifica location like below.

sudo tar -xvzf kafka_2.13-2.8.0.tgz
sudo mv kafka_2.13-2.8.0 /opt/kafka/

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Step 3: create kafka and zookeeper unitd files

Now create systemd unit files for the Zookeeper 

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

Add below lines to above file

Description=Apache Zookeeper service
Requires=network.target remote-fs.target
After=network.target remote-fs.target
ExecStart=/opt/kafka/bin/zookeeper-server-start.sh /opt/kafka/config/zookeeper.properties

next create systemd unit file for the kafka 

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/kafka.service
Description=Apache Kafka Service
ExecStart=/opt/kafka/bin/kafka-server-start.sh /opt/kafka/config/server.properties

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now reload deamons and enable with following commands.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable --now zookeeper
sudo systemctl enable --now kafka

now you check services status.

systemctl status zookeeper.service
systemctl status kafka.service


● zookeeper.service - Apache Zookeeper service
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/zookeeper.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Mon 2021-04-26 10:19:09 UTC; 7min ago
       Docs: http://zookeeper.apache.org
   Main PID: 7931 (java)
● kafka.service - Apache Kafka Service
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/kafka.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Mon 2021-04-26 10:19:13 UTC; 7min ago
       Docs: http://kafka.apache.org/documentation.html
   Main PID: 8328 (java)

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Step 4: create topic in kofka

Now we will create a topic named ubuntu with a single replication-factor and partition as below.

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


Created topic ubuntu.

To check the list of topics created, use the following command.

cd /op/kafka/bin
./kafka-console-producer.sh --broker-list localhost:9092 --topic ubuntu

it prompt for messages to type

>how are you

 we can see the list of messages using below command.

cd /opt/kafka/bin
./kafka-console-consumer.sh --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --topic ubuntu --from-beginning
how are you

That's it.Now you have successfully installed and configured Apache Kafka service on an ubuntu 20.04 system.

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