Publishing Custom Avro Events via Kafka


This application demonstrates how to configure WSO2 Streaming Integrator Tooling to send sweet production events via Kafka transport in Avro format with custom mapping


  1. Set up Kafka as follows:
    1. Create a folder called kafka and another folder called kafka-osgi.
    2. Copy the following files from {KafkaHome}/libs to the kafka folder you just created:
      • kafka_2.11-
      • kafka-clients-
      • metrics-core-2.2.0.jar
      • scala-library-2.11.8.jar
      • zkclient-0.8.jar
      • zookeeper-3.4.6.jar
    3. Copy these same files to the {WSO2SIHome}/samples/sample-clients/lib folder.
    4. Navigate to {WSO2SIHome}/bin and issue the following command:
      • For Linux: ./
      • For Windows: ./jartobundle.bat
        If converted successfully, the following messages are shown on the terminal for each lib file:
      • INFO: Created the OSGi bundle .jar for JAR file /kafka/.jar
    5. Copy the OSGi-converted kafka libs from the kafka-osgi folder to {WSO2SIHome}/lib.
  2. Save this sample.
  3. If there is no syntax error, the following message is shown on the console:
    • -Siddhi App PublishKafkaInAVroFormat successfully deployed.

Executing the Sample:

  1. Navigate to {KafkaHome} and start the zookeeper node using bin/ config/
  2. Navigate to {KafkaHome} and start the kafka server node using bin/kafka-server-start. Navigate to {ConfluentHome} and start the schema registry node using, bin/schema-registry-start ./etc/schema-registry/
  3. Post the avro schema to schema registry using, curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data '{ "schema": "{ \"type\": \"record\", \"name\": \"sweetProduction\",\"namespace\": \"sweetProduction\", \"fields\":[{ \"name\": \"Name\", \"type\": \"string\" },{ \"name\": \"Amount\", \"type\": \"double\" }]}"}' http://localhost:8081/subjects/sweet-production/versions sh config/
  4. Navigate to {WSO2SIHome}/samples/sample-clients/kafka-avro-consumer and run the 'ant' command as follows: ant -Dtype=avro -DisBinaryMessage=true
  5. Start the Siddhi application by clicking on 'Run'.
  6. If the Siddhi application starts successfully, the following messages are shown on the console: - PublishKafkaInCustomAvroFormat.siddhi - Started Successfully! - Kafka version : - Kafka commitId : 23c69d62a0cabf06 - Kafka producer created.

Testing the Sample:

Send events through one or more of the following methods.

Option 1 - Send events to the kafka sink via the event simulator: 1. Open the event simulator by clicking on the second icon or pressing Ctrl+Shift+I. 2. In the Single Simulation tab of the panel, specify the values as follows: * Siddhi App Name : PublishKafkaInCustomAvroFormat * Stream Name : SweetProductionStream 3. In the name and amount fields, enter the following values and then click Send to send the event. * name: chocolate cake * amount: 50.50 4. Send some more events.

Option 2 - Publish events with Curl to the simulator HTTP endpoint: 1. Open a new terminal and issue the following command: * curl -X POST -d '{"streamName": "SweetProductionStream", "siddhiAppName": "PublishKafkaInCustomAvroFormat","data": ["chocolate cake", 50.50]}' http://localhost:9390/simulation/single -H 'content-type: text/plain' 2. If there is no error, the following messages are shown on the terminal: * {"status":"OK","message":"Single Event simulation started successfully"}

Option 3 - Publish events with Postman to the simulator HTTP endpoint: 1. Install the 'Postman' application from the Chrome web store. 2. Launch the Postman application. 3. Make a 'Post' request to the 'http://localhost:9390/simulation/single' endpoint. Set the Content-Type to 'text/plain' and set the request body in text as follows: {"streamName": "SweetProductionStream", "siddhiAppName": "PublishKafkaInCustomAvroFormat","data": ['chocolate cake', 50.50]} 4. Click 'send'. If there is no error, the following messages are shown on the console: * "status": "OK", * "message": "Single Event simulation started successfully"

Viewing the Results:

See the output on the terminal of {WSO2SIHome}/samples/sample-clients/kafka-avro-consumer:

[java] [] : Event received in Kafka Event Adaptor with offSet: 0, key: null, topic: kafka_result_topic, partition: 0
[java] [] : KafkaSample : logStream : Event{timestamp=1546973319457, data=[chocolate cake, 50.5], isExpired=false}


If the message "'Kafka' sink at 'LowProductionAlertStream' has successfully connected to http://localhost:9092" does not appear, it could be that port 9092 defined in the Siddhi application is already being used by a different program. To resolve this issue, do the following, 1. Stop this Siddhi application (Click 'Run' on menu bar -> 'Stop'). 2. In this Siddhi application's source configuration, change port 9092 to an unused port. 3. Start the application and check whether the specified messages appear on the console.


@App:description('Send events via Kafka transport using Custom Avro format')

define stream SweetProductionStream (sweetName string, sweetAmount double);

      @payload("""{"name": "", "amount": }""")))
define stream LowProductionAlertStream (sweetName string, sweetAmount double);

from SweetProductionStream
select *
insert into LowProductionAlertStream;