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Consuming Events/Messages from Kafka on a Secured Cluster

Prerequisite: Make sure that you have enabled access to the topic (via Ranger or native ACLs) for the user associated with the consumer process. We recommend that you use Ranger to manage permissions. For more information, see the Apache Ranger User Guide for Kafka.

During the installation process, Ambari configures a series of Kafka client and producer settings, and creates a JAAS configuration file for the Kafka client. It is not necessary to modify these values, but for more information see see Appendix A, Kafka Configuration Options.

Note: Only the Kafka Java API is supported for Kerberos. Third-party clients are not supported.

To consume events/messages:

  1. Specify the path to the JAAS configuration file as one of your JVM parameters. For example:

    For more information about the kafka_client_jaas file, see "JAAS Configuration File for the Kafka Client" in Kafka Configuration Options.

  2. kinit with the principal's keytab.

  3. Launch with the following configuration settings. (Note: these settings are the same as in previous versions, except for the addition of --security-protocol SASL_PLAINTEXT.)

    ./bin/ --zookeeper --topic test_topic --from-beginning --security-protocol SASL_PLAINTEXT

Consumer Code Example for a Kerberos-Enabled Cluster

The following example shows sample code for a producer in a Kerberos-enabled Kafka cluster. Note that the SECURITY_PROTOCOL_CONFIG property is set to SASL_PLAINTEXT.

package com.hortonworks.example.kafka.consumer;

import org.apache.kafka.clients.CommonClientConfigs;
import org.apache.kafka.clients.consumer.ConsumerConfig;
import org.apache.kafka.clients.consumer.ConsumerRebalanceListener;
import org.apache.kafka.clients.consumer.ConsumerRecord;
import org.apache.kafka.clients.consumer.ConsumerRecords;
import org.apache.kafka.clients.consumer.KafkaConsumer;
import org.apache.kafka.common.TopicPartition;

import java.util.Collection;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.Properties;

public class BasicConsumerExample {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

       Properties consumerConfig = new Properties();
       consumerConfig.put(ConsumerConfig.BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS_CONFIG, "");

       // specify the protocol for SSL Encryption
       consumerConfig.put(CommonClientConfigs.SECURITY_PROTOCOL_CONFIG, "SASL_PLAINTEXT");

       consumerConfig.put(ConsumerConfig.GROUP_ID_CONFIG, "my-group");
       consumerConfig.put(ConsumerConfig.AUTO_OFFSET_RESET_CONFIG, "earliest");
       consumerConfig.put(ConsumerConfig.VALUE_DESERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, "org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer");
       consumerConfig.put(ConsumerConfig.KEY_DESERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, "org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer");
       KafkaConsumer<byte[], byte[]> consumer = new KafkaConsumer<>(consumerConfig);
       TestConsumerRebalanceListener rebalanceListener = new TestConsumerRebalanceListener();
       consumer.subscribe(Collections.singletonList("test-topic"), rebalanceListener);

       while (true) {
           ConsumerRecords<byte[], byte[]> records = consumer.poll(1000);
           for (ConsumerRecord<byte[], byte[]> record : records) {
               System.out.printf("Received Message topic =%s, partition =%s, offset = %d, key = %s, value = %s\n", record.topic(), record.partition(), record.offset(), record.key(), record.value());



   private static class  TestConsumerRebalanceListener implements ConsumerRebalanceListener {
       public void onPartitionsRevoked(Collection<TopicPartition> partitions) {
           System.out.println("Called onPartitionsRevoked with partitions:" + partitions);

       public void onPartitionsAssigned(Collection<TopicPartition> partitions) {
           System.out.println("Called onPartitionsAssigned with partitions:" + partitions);


To run the example, issue the following command:

# java  com.hortonworks.example.kafka.consumer.BasicConsumerExample


Issue: If you launch the consumer from the command-line interface without specifying the security-protocol option, you will see the following error:

2015-07-21 04:14:06,611] ERROR fetching topic metadata for topics 
[Set(test_topic)] from broker 
BrokerEndPoint(1,,6667))] failed 
kafka.common.KafkaException: fetching topic metadata for topics 
[Set(test_topic)] from broker 
BrokerEndPoint(1,,6667))] failed 
     at kafka.client.ClientUtils$.fetchTopicMetadata(ClientUtils.scala:73)
Caused by: Received -1 when reading from channel, socket has likely been closed.
     at kafka.utils.CoreUtils$.read(CoreUtils.scala:193)

Solution: Add --security-protocol SASL_PLAINTEXT to the runtime options.