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Illustration of the ksqlDB architecture showing embedded Kafka connectors

Kafka Connect is an open source component of Apache Kafka® that simplifies loading and exporting data between Kafka and external systems. ksqlDB provides functionality to manage and integrate with Connect:

  • Create Connectors
  • Describe Connectors
  • Import topics created by Connect to ksqlDB

API Reference

Setup Connect Integration

There are two ways to deploy the ksqlDB-Connect integration:

  1. External: If a Connect cluster is available, set the ksql.connect.url property in your ksqlDB Server configuration file. The default value for this is localhost:8083.
  2. Embedded: ksqlDB can double as a Connect server and will run a Distributed Mode cluster co-located on the ksqlDB server instance. To do this, supply a connect properties configuration file to the server and specify this file in the ksql.connect.worker.config property.


For environments that need to share connect clusters and provide predictable workloads, running Connect externally is the recommended deployment option.


ksqlDB doesn't ship with connectors pre-installed, so you must download and install connectors. A good way to install connectors is by using Confluent Hub.

Natively Supported Connectors

While it is possible to create, describe and list connectors of all types, ksqlDB supports a few connectors natively. ksqlDB provides templates to ease creation of connectors and custom code to explore topics created by these connectors into ksqlDB:

  • Kafka Connect JDBC Connector (Source and Sink): because the JDBC connector doesn't populate the key automatically for the Kafka messages that it produces, ksqlDB supplies the ability to pass in "key"='<column_name>' in the WITH clause to extract a column from the value and make it the key.

Last update: 2020-04-20