20 Mar 2022

The five Apache Kafka® APIs

A quick intro to Kafka's five APIs.

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Kafka’s Java client offers five core APIs:

  • The Admin API for inspecting and managing Kafka objects like topics and brokers.
  • The Producer API for writing (publishing) to topics.
  • The Consumer API for reading (subscribing to) topics.
  • The Kafka Streams API to provide access for applications and microservices to higher-level stream processing functions.
  • The Kafka Connect API for creating import and export connectors to external systems and applications.

These are all available in multiple languages, including Python and Go.

Other programming languages have a variety of libraries available for using Kafka.

Check out the Apache Kafka documentation for more information.

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