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    Kafka for JHipster

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    A JHipster module that generates Apache Kafka consumers and producers and more!

    🚦 Done !

    🚧 To do or doing...

    You can have more details about work in progress in issues:

    • Schema Registry and Avro support
    • Producer API (ordered messages, high throughput...)
    • Deserialization alternatives (JacksonSerde) as a prompt option
    • Security (SSL protocol as a prompt option, safe mode...)
    • JHipster entity sub-generator hook
    • JHipster microservices applications support
    • Kafka Connect support
    • Kafka Streams support


    This is a JHipster module, that is meant to be used in a JHipster application. You can use it to generate Apache Kafka consumers and producers in a JHipster backend (Spring Boot / Java only supported at the moment). It uses Apache Kafka client as a base.

    Kafka module for JHipster in action!


    As this is a JHipster module, we expect you have JHipster and its related tools already installed:

    Or just run:

    npm i -g generator-jhipster

    ⚠️ If you're using last version of the module or by linking package on master branch you should be using JHipster last version (main branch which is actually wip next release v7). If you want to use JHipster v6 you will have to use v6.x_maintenance branch of this module.


    ⚠️ Last version of yo (Yeoman) is needed to make it work correctly!

    With NPM

    To install this module and Yeoman (yo):

    npm install -g generator-jhipster-kafka yo

    To update this module:

    npm update -g generator-jhipster-kafka

    With Yarn

    To install this module and Yeoman (yo):

    yarn global add generator-jhipster-kafka yo

    To update this module:

    yarn global upgrade generator-jhipster-kafka


    This describes how to use basically this module with a JHipster generated project.

    Link local projects

    If you want to use local versions of JHipster and the Kafka module:

    1. Go to your generator-jhipster project folder and run npm link
    2. Go to your generator-jhipster-kafka project folder and run npm link
    3. In your project generated with JHipster run npm link generator-jhipster generator-jhipster-kafka

    ⚠️ If you delete generator-jhipster or generator-jhipster-kafka folder, you will have to repeat the previous steps.

    Basic usage

    Important : The following steps and use cases are to be done on a single generated JHipster monolithic application.

    📅 In a near future it will be achievable between two or more monolithic applications or in microservices.

    1. Ensure you have a JHipster version > 6.0.0 with: jhipster --version
    2. Create a JHipster project in a new folder: mkdir myproject && cd myproject && jhipster (you can also create a backend project only with jhipster --skip-client)
    3. Choose Asynchronous messages using Apache Kafka in server side options when answering the following question : "Which other technologies would you like to use?"
    4. In the same folder, then run yo jhipster-kafka and then follow the use case you need
    5. After the generation have been done, run Kafka with: docker-compose -f src/main/docker/kafka.yml up -d
    6. Run your application with: ./mvnw

    The different use cases are listed on another page.

    Prompt options tree

    Do your own configuration step-by-step!

    The END represents the end of the prompts below, when files are written after confirmation (you can use the --force option with yo jhipster-kafka to overwrite all files).

    • Do you want to clean up your current Kafka configuration? (default = N)
      • If "y" was typed: all configurations and classes will be deleted and fully regenerated
      • If "n" was typed: the new configuration will be merged with the previous one
    • What is your bootstrap servers string connection (you can add several bootstrap servers by using a "," delimiter)? (default = localhost:9092)
    • For which entity (class name)?
      • No entity (will be typed String) (default)
        • How would you prefix your objects (no entity, for instance: [SomeEventType]Consumer|Producer...)?
      • Foo
      • Bar
      • ...
    • Which components would you like to generate?
      • Consumer
      • Producer
    • Which topic for (entity/prefix)?
      • Default topic name following this convention: message_type.application_type.entity_name (default)
      • Custom topic name
        • What is the topic name for (entity/prefix)?
      • queuing.application_name.existing_topic_name
      • ...
    • If "Consumer" was selected: What is the consumer polling timeout (in ms)? (default = 10000)
    • If "Consumer" was selected: Define the auto offset reset policy (what to do when there is no initial offset in Kafka or if the current offset does not exist any more on the server)?
      • earliest (automatically reset the offset to the earliest offset) (default)
      • latest (automatically reset the offset to the latest offset)
      • none (throw exception to the consumer if no previous offset is found for the consumer group)
    • If "Producer" was selected: Do you want to send ordered messages for (entity/prefix) production? (default = Y)
    • Do you want to continue adding consumers or producers? (default = N)
    • If "N" was selected: END

    Skip prompts

    You can use yo jhipster-kafka --skip-prompts to use the default prompts values to generate:

    • a minimal kafka configuration in application.yml files with only a bootstrap.servers
    • a akhq.yml docker-compose file to run AKHQ (see below)
    • a that you extend to create your own consumers

    Test consumers and producers

    You can use your producer (* in other layers like resources or services by instancing it and using its send method (which is asynchronous).

    By default a * is also generated with the producer. It has an endpoint to call the generated producer. Supposing you have generated consumers and producers for an existing Foo JHIpster entity (with a String field foo) and for no entity (Bar prefix), you can test it that way with curl and jq:

    token=`curl -X POST localhost:8080/api/authenticate -d '{ "username": "admin", "password": "admin" }' -H "Content-Type: application/json"|jq -r '.id_token'`
    # For a producer linked to an entity (Foo as JSON):
    curl -H "Authorization: Bearer $token" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{ "foo": "foo" }' -X POST localhost:8080/api/foos/kafka
    # For a producer not linked to an entity (String):
    curl -H "Authorization: Bearer $token" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d 'bar' -X POST localhost:8080/api/bars/kafka

    Generated consumers should not be explicitly used in other classes as each of them is running in a thread listening to the incoming messages. However, messages sent through the generated producer will be read if an associated consumer has been generated as well. You just have to read the logs of ./mvnw locally.


    🚀 AKHQ (previously known as KafkaHQ) can be used following those steps in the root directory:

    1. Run docker-compose -f src/main/docker/kafka.yml -f src/main/docker/akhq.yml up -d to launch the ZooKeeper and Kafka services with AKHQ
    2. Go to http://localhost:11817
    3. Start your application with ./mvnw to manage your topics and more!

    How to contribute?

    If you want to contribute to the module, please read the

    In addition, here are some things to know before to dive into:

    • JavaScript ES6 is used for the generator and Java for the generated files
    • The module is a Yeoman generator (the module is a sub-generator of JHipster which is itself a Yeoman-based generator)
    • Module tests are done with mocha, yeoman-assert and yeoman-test. You can run them with npm test
    • Format rules are defined in .eslintrc and .prettierrc
    • generators/app/index.js is the main entrypoint, it uses prompts.js and files.js
    • generators/app/prompts.js is used to manage prompts options
    • generators/app/files.js is used to write files to the generated project
    • generators/app/templates contains ejs templates (.ejs) used to generate files


    Apache-2.0 © François Delbrayelle (main contributor and stream leader) and all contributors, thank you!


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