Smyte fork of Confluent's Apache Kafka client for Python

pip install confluent-kafka-smyte==0.9.3


Confluent's Apache Kafka client for Python

Confluent's Kafka client for Python wraps the librdkafka C library, providing full Kafka protocol support with great performance and reliability.

The Python bindings provides a high-level Producer and Consumer with support for the balanced consumer groups of Apache Kafka 0.9.

See the API documentation for more info.

License: Apache License v2.0



from confluent_kafka_smyte import Producer

p = Producer({'bootstrap.servers': 'mybroker,mybroker2'})
for data in some_data_source:
    p.produce('mytopic', data.encode('utf-8'))

High-level Consumer:

from confluent_kafka_smyte import Consumer, KafkaError

c = Consumer({'bootstrap.servers': 'mybroker', '': 'mygroup',
              'default.topic.config': {'auto.offset.reset': 'smallest'}})
running = True
while running:
    msg = c.poll()
    if not msg.error():
        print('Received message: %s' % msg.value().decode('utf-8'))
    elif msg.error().code() != KafkaError._PARTITION_EOF:
        running = False

See examples for more examples.

Broker compatibility

The Python client (as well as the underlying C library librdkafka) supports all broker versions >= 0.8. But due to the nature of the Kafka protocol in broker versions 0.8 and 0.9 it is not safe for a client to assume what protocol version is actually supported by the broker, thus you will need to hint the Python client what protocol version it may use. This is done through two configuration settings:

  • broker.version.fallback=YOUR_BROKER_VERSION (default
  • api.version.request=true|false (default false)

When using a Kafka 0.10 broker or later you only need to set api.version.request=true. If you use Kafka broker 0.9 or 0.8 you should leave api.version.request=false (default) and set broker.version.fallback to your broker version, e.g broker.version.fallback=

More info here:



Install from PyPi:

$ pip install confluent-kafka

Install from source / tarball:

$ pip install .


$ python build

If librdkafka is installed in a non-standard location provide the include and library directories with:

$ C_INCLUDE_PATH=/path/to/include LIBRARY_PATH=/path/to/lib python ...


Run unit-tests:

$ py.test

NOTE: Requires py.test, install by pip install pytest

Run integration tests:

$ examples/ <kafka-broker>

WARNING: These tests require an active Kafka cluster and will make use of a topic named 'test'.

Generate documentation

Install sphinx and sphinx_rtd_theme packages and then:

$ make docs


$ python build_sphinx

Documentation will be generated in docs/_build/.