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The Spring for Apache Kafka (spring-kafka) project applies core Spring concepts to the development of Kafka-based messaging solutions. It provides a ‘template’ as a high-level abstraction for sending messages. It also provides support for Message-driven POJOs with @KafkaListener annotations and a ‘listener container’.

In the following tutorial we will configure, build and run a Hello World example in which we will send/receive messages to/from Apache Kafka using Spring Kafka, Spring Boot and Maven. Before running below code, make sure that Apache Kafka is installed and started.

Spring Kafka 1.1 uses the Apache Kafka 0.10.x.x client.

Tools used:

  • Spring Kafka 1.1
  • Spring Boot 1.5
  • Maven 3

We start by defining a Maven POM file which contains the dependencies for the needed Spring projects. The POM inherits from the spring-boot-starter-parent project and declares dependencies to spring-boot-starter and spring-boot-starter-test starters.

A dependency to spring-kafka is added in addition to a property that specifies the version. At the time of writing the latest stable release was '1.1.2.RELEASE'.

We also include the spring-boot-maven-plugin Maven plugin so that we can build a single, runnable “uber-jar”, which is convenient to execute and transport the written code.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">


  <description>Spring Kafka - Consumer &amp; Producer Example</description>




    <!-- Spring Boot -->
    <!-- Spring Kafka -->

      <!-- spring-boot-maven-plugin -->

We will use Spring Boot in order to make a Spring Kafka example application that you can “just run”. We start by creating an SpringKafkaApplication that contains the main() method that uses Spring Boot’s SpringApplication.run() method to launch an application. The @SpringBootApplication annotation is a convenience annotation that adds: @Configuration, @EnableAutoConfiguration and @ComponentScan.

For more information on Spring Boot you can check out the Spring Boot getting started guide.

package com.codenotfound.kafka;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;

public class SpringKafkaApplication {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    SpringApplication.run(SpringKafkaApplication.class, args);

Create a Spring Kafka Message Producer

For sending messages we will be using the KafkaTemplate which wraps a Producer and provides convenience methods to send data to Kafka topics. The template provides both asynchronous and synchronous send methods, with the asynchronous methods returning a Future.

In the below Sender class, the KafkaTemplate is autowired as the actual creation of the Bean will be done in a separate SenderConfig class. In this example we will be using the async send() method and we will also configure the returned ListenableFuture with a ListenableFutureCallback to get an async callback with the results of the send (success or failure) instead of waiting for the Future to complete. If the sending of a message is successful we simply create a log statement.

Note that the topic will be auto-created when the Kafka broker receives a request for an unknown topic.

package com.codenotfound.kafka.producer;

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.kafka.core.KafkaTemplate;
import org.springframework.kafka.support.SendResult;
import org.springframework.util.concurrent.ListenableFuture;
import org.springframework.util.concurrent.ListenableFutureCallback;

public class Sender {

  private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(Sender.class);

  private KafkaTemplate<String, String> kafkaTemplate;

  public void send(String topic, String message) {
    // the KafkaTemplate provides asynchronous send methods returning a
    // Future
    ListenableFuture<SendResult<String, String>> future = kafkaTemplate.send(topic, message);

    // you can register a callback with the listener to receive the result
    // of the send asynchronously
    future.addCallback(new ListenableFutureCallback<SendResult<String, String>>() {

      public void onSuccess(SendResult<String, String> result) {
        LOGGER.info("sent message='{}' with offset={}", message,

      public void onFailure(Throwable ex) {
        LOGGER.error("unable to send message='{}'", message, ex);

    // alternatively, to block the sending thread, to await the result,
    // invoke the future's get() method

The creation of the KafkaTemplate and Sender is handled in the SenderConfig class. The class is annoted with @Configuration which indicates that the class can be used by the Spring IoC container as a source of bean definitions.

In order to be able to use the Spring Kafka template we need to configure a ProducerFactory and provide it in the template’s constructor. The producer factory needs to be set with a number of properties amongst which the 'BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS_CONFIG' property that is fetched from the application.properties configuration file. For a complete list of the available configuration parameters you can consult the Kafka ProducerConfig API.

package com.codenotfound.kafka.producer;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.ProducerConfig;
import org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringSerializer;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.kafka.core.DefaultKafkaProducerFactory;
import org.springframework.kafka.core.KafkaTemplate;
import org.springframework.kafka.core.ProducerFactory;

public class SenderConfig {

  private String bootstrapServers;

  public Map<String, Object> producerConfigs() {
    Map<String, Object> props = new HashMap<>();
    // list of host:port pairs used for establishing the initial connections
    // to the Kakfa cluster
    props.put(ProducerConfig.BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS_CONFIG, bootstrapServers);
    props.put(ProducerConfig.KEY_SERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, StringSerializer.class);
    props.put(ProducerConfig.VALUE_SERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, StringSerializer.class);
    // value to block, after which it will throw a TimeoutException
    props.put(ProducerConfig.MAX_BLOCK_MS_CONFIG, 5000);

    return props;

  public ProducerFactory<String, String> producerFactory() {
    return new DefaultKafkaProducerFactory<>(producerConfigs());

  public KafkaTemplate<String, String> kafkaTemplate() {
    return new KafkaTemplate<>(producerFactory());

  public Sender sender() {
    return new Sender();

Create a Spring Kafka Message Consumer

Like with any messaging-based application, you need to create a receiver that will handle the published messages. The Receiver is nothing more than a simple POJO that defines a method for receiving messages. In the below example we named the method receive(), but you can name it anything you want.

The @KafkaListener annotation creates a message listener container behind the scenes for each annotated method, using a ConcurrentMessageListenerContainer. By default, a bean with name kafkaListenerContainerFactory is expected that we will setup in the next section. Using the topics element, we specify the topics for this listener. For more information on the other available elements, you can consult the KafkaListener API documentation.

For testing convenience, we added a CountDownLatch. This allows the POJO to signal that a message is received. This is something you are not likely to implement in a production application.

package com.codenotfound.kafka.consumer;

import java.util.concurrent.CountDownLatch;

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.springframework.kafka.annotation.KafkaListener;

public class Receiver {

  private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(Receiver.class);

  private CountDownLatch latch = new CountDownLatch(1);

  @KafkaListener(topics = "${kafka.topic.helloworld}")
  public void receive(String message) {
    LOGGER.info("received message='{}'", message);

  public CountDownLatch getLatch() {
    return latch;

The creation and configuration of the different Spring Beans needed for the Receiver POJO are grouped in the ReceiverConfig class. Note that we need to add the @EnableKafka annotation to enable support for the @KafkaListener annotation that was used on the Receiver.

The kafkaListenerContainerFactory() is used by the @KafkaListener annotation from the Receiver. In order to create it, a ConsumerFactory and accompanying configuration Map is needed. In this example only the mandatory configuration parameters are set, for a complete list consult the Kafka ConsumerConfig API.

package com.codenotfound.kafka.consumer;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import org.apache.kafka.clients.consumer.ConsumerConfig;
import org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.StringDeserializer;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.kafka.annotation.EnableKafka;
import org.springframework.kafka.config.ConcurrentKafkaListenerContainerFactory;
import org.springframework.kafka.core.ConsumerFactory;
import org.springframework.kafka.core.DefaultKafkaConsumerFactory;

public class ReceiverConfig {

  private String bootstrapServers;

  public Map<String, Object> consumerConfigs() {
    Map<String, Object> props = new HashMap<>();
    // list of host:port pairs used for establishing the initial connections
    // to the Kakfa cluster
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS_CONFIG, bootstrapServers);
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.KEY_DESERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, StringDeserializer.class);
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.VALUE_DESERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, StringDeserializer.class);
    // consumer groups allow a pool of processes to divide the work of
    // consuming and processing records
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.GROUP_ID_CONFIG, "helloworld");

    return props;

  public ConsumerFactory<String, String> consumerFactory() {
    return new DefaultKafkaConsumerFactory<>(consumerConfigs());

  public ConcurrentKafkaListenerContainerFactory<String, String> kafkaListenerContainerFactory() {
    ConcurrentKafkaListenerContainerFactory<String, String> factory =
        new ConcurrentKafkaListenerContainerFactory<>();

    return factory;

  public Receiver receiver() {
    return new Receiver();

Testing the Spring Kafka Template & Listener

When executing below test case, make sure you have a running instance of Apache Kafka on port ‘9092’ of your local machine. Note that it is also possible to use Spring Kafka to automatically start an embedded Kafka broker as part of a unit test case.

In order to verify that we are able to send and receive a message to and from Kafka, a basic SpringKafkaApplicationTests test case is used. It contains a testReceiver() unit test case that uses the Sender to send a message to the 'helloworld.t' topic on the Kafka bus. We then use the CountDownLatch from the Receiver to verify that a message was received.

Note that if the 'helloworld.t' topic does not exist on the Kafka bus, the test case will not be successful. Reason for this is that when the consumer is starting up it tries to access the topic and fails. By the time it retries, the topic has been created by the sendMessage() but also has data in it, so the consumer tries to connect at “latest”, which is the offset of the most recent message, as such the consumer never receives the initial message. The next time you run the test case it will work since the topic exists.

package com.codenotfound.kafka;

import static org.assertj.core.api.Assertions.assertThat;

import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;

import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.boot.test.context.SpringBootTest;
import org.springframework.test.context.junit4.SpringRunner;

import com.codenotfound.kafka.consumer.Receiver;
import com.codenotfound.kafka.producer.Sender;

public class SpringKafkaApplicationTests {

  private Sender sender;

  private Receiver receiver;

  public void testReceive() throws Exception {
    sender.send("helloworld.t", "Hello Spring Kafka!");

    receiver.getLatch().await(10000, TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS);

In order to run the above example open a command prompt and execute following Maven command:

mvn test

Maven will download the needed dependencies, compile the code and run the unit test case. The result should be a successful build during which following logs are generated:

  .   ____          _            __ _ _
 /\\ / ___'_ __ _ _(_)_ __  __ _ \ \ \ \
( ( )\___ | '_ | '_| | '_ \/ _` | \ \ \ \
 \\/  ___)| |_)| | | | | || (_| |  ) ) ) )
  '  |____| .__|_| |_|_| |_\__, | / / / /
 :: Spring Boot ::        (v1.5.2.RELEASE)

2017-03-11 19:39:36.634  INFO 3852 --- [           main] c.c.kafka.SpringKafkaApplicationTests    : Starting SpringKafkaApplicationTests on cnf-pc with PID 3852 (started by CodeNotFound in c:\code\st\spring-kafka\spring-kafka-helloworld-example)
2017-03-11 19:39:36.635  INFO 3852 --- [           main] c.c.kafka.SpringKafkaApplicationTests    : No active profile set, falling back to default profiles: default
2017-03-11 19:39:36.658  INFO 3852 --- [           main] s.c.a.AnnotationConfigApplicationContext : Refreshing org.springframework.context.annotation.AnnotationConfigApplicatio[email protected]: startup date [Sat Mar 11 19:39:36 CET 2017]; root of context hierarchy
2017-03-11 19:39:37.037  INFO 3852 --- [           main] trationDelegate$BeanPostProcessorChecker : Bean 'org.springframework.kafka.annotation.KafkaBootstrapConfiguration' of type [org.springframework.kafka.annotation.KafkaBootstrapConfiguration$$EnhancerBySpringCGLIB$$3bb11429] is not eligible for getting processed by all BeanPostProcessors (for example: not eligible for auto-proxying)
2017-03-11 19:39:37.220  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.s.c.support.DefaultLifecycleProcessor  : Starting beans in phase 0
2017-03-11 19:39:37.239  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.k.clients.consumer.ConsumerConfig    : ConsumerConfig values:
2017-03-11 19:39:37.278  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.k.clients.consumer.ConsumerConfig    : ConsumerConfig values:
2017-03-11 19:39:37.393  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.kafka.common.utils.AppInfoParser     : Kafka version :
2017-03-11 19:39:37.393  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.kafka.common.utils.AppInfoParser     : Kafka commitId : f10ef2720b03b247
2017-03-11 19:39:37.405  INFO 3852 --- [           main] c.c.kafka.SpringKafkaApplicationTests    : Started SpringKafkaApplicationTests in 1.109 seconds (JVM running for 1.726)
2017-03-11 19:39:37.446  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.k.clients.producer.ProducerConfig    : ProducerConfig values:
2017-03-11 19:39:37.447  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.k.clients.producer.ProducerConfig    : ProducerConfig values:
2017-03-11 19:39:37.460  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.kafka.common.utils.AppInfoParser     : Kafka version :
2017-03-11 19:39:37.460  INFO 3852 --- [           main] o.a.kafka.common.utils.AppInfoParser     : Kafka commitId : f10ef2720b03b247
2017-03-11 19:39:37.532  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.a.k.c.c.internals.AbstractCoordinator  : Discovered coordinator (id: 2147483647 rack: null) for group helloworld.
2017-03-11 19:39:37.536  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.a.k.c.c.internals.ConsumerCoordinator  : Revoking previously assigned partitions [] for group helloworld
2017-03-11 19:39:37.536  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.s.k.l.KafkaMessageListenerContainer    : partitions revoked:[]
2017-03-11 19:39:37.536  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.a.k.c.c.internals.AbstractCoordinator  : (Re-)joining group helloworld
2017-03-11 19:39:37.546  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.a.k.c.c.internals.AbstractCoordinator  : Successfully joined group helloworld with generation 7
2017-03-11 19:39:37.547  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.a.k.c.c.internals.ConsumerCoordinator  : Setting newly assigned partitions [helloworld.t-0] for group helloworld
2017-03-11 19:39:37.556  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] o.s.k.l.KafkaMessageListenerContainer    : partitions assigned:[helloworld.t-0]
2017-03-11 19:39:37.572  INFO 3852 --- [ad | producer-1] com.codenotfound.kafka.producer.Sender   : sent message='Hello Spring Kafka!' with offset=3
2017-03-11 19:39:37.581  INFO 3852 --- [afka-listener-1] c.codenotfound.kafka.consumer.Receiver   : received message='Hello Spring Kafka!'
Tests run: 1, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Skipped: 0, Time elapsed: 1.417 sec - in com.codenotfound.kafka.SpringKafkaApplicationTests
2017-03-11 19:39:37.620  INFO 3852 --- [       Thread-2] s.c.a.AnnotationConfigApplicationContext : Closing org.springframework.context.annotation.AnnotationConfigApplicatio[email protected]: startupdate [Sat Mar 11 19:39:36 CET 2017]; root of context hierarchy
2017-03-11 19:39:37.622  INFO 3852 --- [       Thread-2] o.s.c.support.DefaultLifecycleProcessor  : Stopping beans in phase 0
2017-03-11 19:39:38.592  INFO 3852 --- [afka-consumer-1] essageListenerContainer$ListenerConsumer : Consumer stopped
2017-03-11 19:39:38.593  INFO 3852 --- [       Thread-2] o.a.k.clients.producer.KafkaProducer     : Closing the Kafka producer with timeoutMillis = 9223372036854775807 ms.

Results :

Tests run: 1, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Skipped: 0

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 4.342 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2017-03-11T19:39:38+01:00
[INFO] Final Memory: 15M/227M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

github mark If you would like to run the above code sample you can get the full source code here.

This wraps up our example in which we used a Spring Kafka template to create a producer and Spring Kafka listener to create a consumer. If you found this sample useful or have a question you would like to ask, drop a line below!

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