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Node.js bindings for kafka-node with avsc schema serialization.

This library combines kafka-node and avsc to produce and consume validated serialized messages


kafka-node is a peer dependency, make sure to install it. Tested on kafka-node 4.1.3

 npm install kafka-node


 npm install kafka-node-avro


 npm test


  • kafka : kafka-node KafkaClient options

    • kafkaHost : A string of kafka broker/host combination delimited by comma for example: kafka-1.us-east-1.myapp.com:9093,kafka-2.us-east-1.myapp.com:9093,kafka-3.us-east-1.myapp.com:9093 default: localhost:9092.
    • connectTimeout : in ms it takes to wait for a successful connection before moving to the next host default: 10000
    • requestTimeout : in ms for a kafka request to timeout default: 30000
    • autoConnect : automatically connect when KafkaClient is instantiated otherwise you need to manually call connect default: true
    • connectRetryOptions : object hash that applies to the initial connection. see retry module for these options.
    • idleConnection : allows the broker to disconnect an idle connection from a client (otherwise the clients continues to O after being disconnected). The value is elapsed time in ms without any data written to the TCP socket. default: 5 minutes
    • reconnectOnIdle : when the connection is closed due to client idling, client will attempt to auto-reconnect. default: true
    • maxAsyncRequests : maximum async operations at a time toward the kafka cluster. default: 10
    • sslOptions: Object, options to be passed to the tls broker sockets, ex. { rejectUnauthorized: false } (Kafka 0.9+)
    • sasl: Object, SASL authentication configuration (only SASL/PLAIN is currently supported), ex. { mechanism: 'plain', username: 'foo', password: 'bar' } (Kafka 0.10+)
  • schema : Object representing Schema Settings

    • registry : Registry host
    • topics : Array of Topic settings
      • name : Name of the topic ( required if no id is provided )
      • id : id of the Schema ( required if no name is provided )
      • version : Version of the Schema
      • key_fields : Array of fields to use to build topic key.

See sample options.



This package will not fullfill the promise if is not able to :

  • Fetch the schemas from the schema registry.
  • Connect to kafka brokers
  • Build the kafka producer
const KafkaAvro = require('kafka-node-sidv-avro');
const Settings  = {
  "kafka" : {
    "kafkaHost" : "localhost:9092"
  "schema": {
    "registry" : "http://schemaregistry.example.com:8081"

KafkaAvro.init(Settings).then( kafka => {
  // ready to use
} , error => {
  // something wrong happen


Fetch schemas from the schema registry, this package will fetch the schema from the shcema regitry based on the initial settings.

Once schema was fetched from the registry it will keep it on memory to be re used.

Schema format

    id : Number,
    name : String,
    version : Number,
    key_fields : Arrary,
    definition : String, // raw responmse from the schema registry.
    parser : avro.Type.forSchema


Get an avro schema by id

kafka.schemas.getById(1).then( schema => {
  // we got the schema from the registry by the id
} , error => {
  // something wrong happen


Get an avro schema by name

kafka.schemas.getByName('my.cool.topic').then( schema => {
  // we got the schema from the registry by the name
} , error => {
  // something wrong happen


This package will auto encode the message using the avro schema, if the schema was not provided on the initial settings, it will fetch it against the schema registry and use it from there on.

Message Format

  • simple : If NO avro schema parsing is needed to send the message
  • topic : Topic Name
  • messages : messages to send type Object or Array of Objects
  • key : string or buffer, only needed when using keyed partitioner
  • partition : default 0
  • attributes : default: 0
  • timestamp : Date.now() // <-- defaults to Date.now() (only available with kafka v0.10 and KafkaClient only)

If key_fields where provided when building the package, they will be used to send the messages on that key, on this example the key will be hello/world

  topic    : 'my.cool.topic',
  messages : {
    foo : 'hello',
    bar : 'world'
}).then( success => {
  // Message was sent encoded with Avro Schema
}, error => {
  // Something wrong happen

If an invalid payload was provided for the AVRO Schema, the error will look like : Invalid Field 'FIELD' type "TYPE" : VALUE

addConsumer(<TopicName>, [Options])

This package will auto decode the message before emitting on the message event, the message will be on a JSON format.


  • simple : If NO avro schema parsing is needed to consume the message
  • kafkaHost : connect directly to kafka broker (instantiates a KafkaClient) : 'broker:9092'
  • batch : put client batch settings if you need them : undefined
  • ssl : optional (defaults to false) or tls options hash : true
  • groupId : 'ExampleTestGroup'
  • sessionTimeout : 15000,
  • protocol : An array of partition assignment protocols ordered by preference, 'roundrobin' or 'range' string for built ins : ['roundrobin']
  • encoding : 'utf8' or 'buffer', Please do nto replace this value , this library by default uses buffer to decode binary schema
  • fromOffset : Offsets to use for new groups other options could be 'earliest' or 'none' (none will emit an error if no offsets were saved) , equivalent to Java client's auto.offset.reset: 'latest'
  • commitOffsetsOnFirstJoin : on the very first time this consumer group subscribes to a topic, record the offset returned in fromOffset (latest/earliest) : true
  • outOfRangeOffset : how to recover from OutOfRangeOffset error (where save offset is past server retention) accepts same value as fromOffset : 'earliest'
  • onRebalance : Callback to allow consumers with autoCommit false a chance to commit before a rebalance finishes , isAlreadyMember will be false on the first connection, and true on rebalances triggered after that : (isAlreadyMember, callback) => { callback(); } // or null
let consumer = kafka.addConsumer("my.cool.topic");

consumer.on('message', message => {
 // we got a decoded message

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