Using Kafka Connect

To use your Kafka connectors with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Streaming, create a Kafka Connect configuration using the Console or the command line interface (CLI). The Streaming API calls these configurations harnesses.


Kafka Connect configurations created in a given compartment work only for streams in the same compartment.

You can use multiple Kafka connectors with the same Kafka Connect configuration. In cases that require producing or consuming streams in separate compartments, or where more capacity is required to avoid hitting throttle limits on the Kafka Connect configuration (for example: too many connectors, or connectors with too many workers), you can create more Kafka Connector configurations.

For more information on managing Kafka Connect configurations using the Console and Streaming API, see Managing Kafka Connect Configurations.

Kafka Connectors

Streaming's Kafka Connect compatibility means that you can take advantage of the many existing first- and third-party connectors to move data from your sources to your targets.

Kafka connectors for Oracle products:

For a complete list of third-party Kafka source and sink connectors, refer to the official Confluent Kafka hub.

Kafka Connect Topics

The Streaming service automatically creates the three topics (config, offset, and status) that are required to use Kafka Connect when you create the Kafka Connect configuration. These topics contain the OCID of the Kafka Connect configuration in their names.

Place these topic names in the file of the Kafka connector that you want to use with Streaming.

For example:

# Relevant Kafka Connect setting<connect_configuration_OCID>-config<connect_configuration_OCID>-offset<connect_configuration_OCID>-status

These three compacted topics are meant to be used by Kafka Connect and Streaming to store configuration and state management data, and should not be used to store your data. To ensure that the Kafka Connect configuration topics are being used for their intended purpose by the connectors, there are hard throttle limits of 50 kb/s and 50 rps in place for these topics.

Bootstrap Server

Set the bootstrap server in your Kafka connector properties file to the endpoint for Streaming on port 9092. For example:

For a list of endpoints for Streaming, see the Streaming section in API Reference and Endpoints.


Authentication with the Kafka protocol uses auth tokens and the SASL/PLAIN mechanism. You can generate tokens in the Console user details page. See Working with Auth Tokens for more information.


It's a good idea to create a dedicated group/user and grant that group the permission to manage streams in the appropriate compartment or tenancy. You then can generate an auth token for the user you created and use it in your Kafka client configuration.

Example Kafka Connector Properties File

The following shows an example Kafka connector file:

security.protocol=SASL_PLAINTEXT required username="<userid>" password="<authToken>";
producer.sasl.mechanism=PLAIN required username="<userid>" password="<authToken>";
consumer.sasl.mechanism=PLAIN required username="<userid>" password="<authToken>";<connect_configuration_OCID>-config<connect_configuration_OCID>-offset<connect_configuration_OCID>-status

Required IAM Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be granted security access in a policy  by an administrator. This access is required whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, verify with your administrator what type of access you have and which compartment  to work in.

For administrators: The policy in Let streaming admins manage streaming resources lets the specified group do everything with streaming and related Streaming service resources.

If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. If you want to dig deeper into writing policies for the Streaming service, see Details for the Streaming Service in the IAM policy reference.

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