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Create a sink connector from Apache Kafka® to Couchbase

The Couchbase sink connector pushes Apache Kafka® data to the NoSQL database.


You can check the full set of available parameters and configuration options in the connector's documentation.


To setup a Couchbase sink connector, you need an Aiven for Apache Kafka service with Kafka Connect enabled or a dedicated Aiven for Apache Kafka Connect cluster.

Furthermore you need to collect the following information about the sink Couchbase database upfront:

  • COUCHBASE_SEED_NODES: The database seed nodes
  • COUCHBASE_USER: The database user to connect
  • COUCHBASE_PASSWORD: The database password for the COUCHBASE_USER
  • COUCHBASE_BUCKET: The bucket where to land the data
  • APACHE_KAFKA_HOST: The hostname of the Apache Kafka service, only needed when using Avro as data format
  • SCHEMA_REGISTRY_PORT: The Apache Kafka's schema registry port, only needed when using Avro as data format
  • SCHEMA_REGISTRY_USER: The Apache Kafka's schema registry username, only needed when using Avro as data format
  • SCHEMA_REGISTRY_PASSWORD: The Apache Kafka's schema registry user password, only needed when using Avro as data format

If you're using Aiven for Apache Kafka®, the Kafka related details are available in the Aiven console service Overview tab or via the dedicated avn service get command with the Aiven CLI.

Setup a Couchbase sink connector with Aiven Console

The following example demonstrates how to setup a Couchbase sink connector for Apache Kafka using the Aiven Console.

Define a Kafka Connect configuration file

Define the connector configurations in a file (we'll refer to it with the name couchbase-sink.json) with the following content. Creating a file is not strictly necessary but allows to have all the information in one place before copy/pasting them in the Aiven Console:

"connector.class": "com.couchbase.connect.kafka.CouchbaseSourceConnector",
"couchbase.seed.nodes": "COUCHBASE_SEED_NODES",
"couchbase.username": "COUCHBASE_USER",
"couchbase.password": "COUCHBASE_PASSWORD",
"couchbase.bucket": "COUCHBASE_BUCKET",
"topics": "TOPIC_LIST"

The configuration file contains the following entries:

  • name: the connector name, replace CONNECTOR_NAME with the name you want to use for the connector
  • COUCHBASE_SEED_NODES, COUCHBASE_BUCKET, COUCHBASE_USER, COUCHBASE_PASSWORD: sink database parameters collected in the prerequisite phase.

Create a Kafka Connect connector with the Aiven Console

To create an Apache Kafka Connect connector, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Aiven Console and select the Aiven for Apache Kafka® or Aiven for Apache Kafka Connect® service where the connector needs to be defined.

  2. Select Connectors from the left sidebar.

  3. Select Create New Connector, the button is enabled only for services with Kafka Connect enabled.

  4. Select Couchbase Sink.

  5. In the Common tab, locate the Connector configuration text box and select on Edit.

  6. Paste the connector configuration (stored in the couchbase-sink.json file) in the form.

  7. Select Apply.


    The Aiven Console parses the configuration file and fills the relevant UI fields. You can review the UI fields across the various tabs and change them if necessary. The changes will be reflected in JSON format in the Connector configuration text box.

  8. After all the settings are correctly configured, select Create connector.

  9. Verify the connector status under the Connectors screen.

  10. Verify the presence of the data in the target Couchbase bucket.


You can also create connectors using the Aiven CLI command.

Example: define a Couchbase sink connector

The example creates an Couchbase sink connector with the following properties:

  • connector name: couchbase_sink
  • Couchbase seeds:
  • Couchbase username: testuser
  • Couchbase password: Test123!
  • Couchbase bucket: travel-sample
  • topic to sink: inventory

The connector configuration is the following:

"name": "couchbase_sink",
"connector.class": "com.couchbase.connect.kafka.CouchbaseSinkConnector",
"couchbase.seed.nodes": "",
"couchbase.username": "testuser",
"couchbase.password": "Test123!",
"couchbase.bucket": "travel-sample",
"topics": "inventory"

With the above configuration stored in a couchbase-sink.json file, you can create the connector in the demo-kafka instance and you should see the data landing in an Couckbase bucket topic named travel-sample.

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