Explore Kafka in the Demo
While the demo application runs, you will gain an understanding of how Kafka receives data from a producer at its particular topics.
- Environment Setup
- Persist Data Into Kafka Topics
- List Kafka Topics
- View Data in Kafka Topics
- Next: Learn Basic Operations of Kafka
If you have the latest Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) Sandbox installed, then the demo comes preinstalled.
Open a terminal on your local machine and access the sandbox through the shell-in-a-box method. Please visit Learning the Ropes of the HDP Sandbox to review this method.
Before we can perform Kafka operations on the data, we must first have data in Kafka, so let’s run the NiFi DataFlow Application. Refer to the steps in this module: Run NiFi in the Trucking IoT Demo, then you will be ready to explore Kafka.
Turn Kafka component on if it’s not already on through Ambari.
Persist Data Into Kafka Topics
A NiFi simulator generates data of two types: TruckData and TrafficData as a CSV string. There is some preprocessing that happens on the data to prepare it to be split and sent by NiFi’s Kafka producers to two separate Kafka Topics: trucking_data_truck and trucking_data_traffic.
List Kafka Topics
From the terminal, we can see the two Kafka Topics that have been created:
/usr/hdf/current/kafka-broker/bin/kafka-topics.sh --list --zookeeper localhost:2181
Output: trucking_data_driverstats trucking_data_joined trucking_data_traffic trucking_data_truck_enriched
View Data in Kafka Topics
As messages are persisted into the Kafka Topics from the producer, you can see them appear in each topic by writing the following commands:
View Data for Kafka Topic: trucking_data_truck_enriched:
/usr/hdf/current/kafka-broker/bin/kafka-console-consumer.sh --zookeeper localhost:2181 --topic trucking_data_truck_enriched --from-beginning
View Data for Kafka Topic: trucking_data_traffic:
/usr/hdf/current/kafka-broker/bin/kafka-console-consumer.sh --zookeeper localhost:2181 --topic trucking_data_traffic --from-beginning
As you can see Kafka acts as a robust queue that receives data and allows for it to be transmitted to other systems.
Note: You may notice the is data encoded in a format we cannot read, this format is necessary for Schema Registry. The reason we are using Schema Registry is because we need it for Stream Analytics Manager to pull data from Kafka.
Next: Learn Basic Operations of Kafka
You have already become familiar with some Kafka operations through the command line, so let’s explore basic operations to see how those topics were created, how they can be deleted and how we can use tools to monitor Kafka.