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Charmed Kafka Documentation

The Charmed Kafka Operator delivers automated operations management from day 0 to day 2 on the Apache Kafka event streaming platform. It is an open source, end-to-end, production ready data platform on top of cloud native technologies.

This operator charm comes with features such as:

  • Fault-tolerance, replication, scalability and high-availability out-of-the-box.
  • SASL/SCRAM auth for Broker-Broker and Client-Broker authentication enabled by default.
  • Access control management supported with user-provided ACL lists.

The Kafka Operator uses the latest upstream Kafka binaries released by the The Apache Software Foundation that comes with Kafka, made available using the charmed-kafka snap distributed by Canonical.

As currently Kafka requires a paired ZooKeeper deployment in production, this operator makes use of the ZooKeeper Operator for various essential functions.

The Charmed Kafka operator comes in two flavours to deploy and operate Kafka on physical/virtual machines and Kubernetes. Both offer features such as replication, TLS, password rotation, and easy to use integration with applications. The Charmed Kafka Operator meets the need of deploying Kafka in a structured and consistent manner while allowing the user flexibility in configuration. It simplifies deployment, scaling, configuration and management of Kafka in production at scale in a reliable way.


The Charmed Kafka Operator is free software, distributed under the Apache Software License, version 2.0. See LICENSE for more information.

Project and community

Charmed Kafka is an official distribution of Apache Kafka. It’s an open-source project that welcomes community contributions, suggestions, fixes and constructive feedback.

In this documentation

Get started - a hands-on introduction to using Charmed MySQL operator for new users
How-to guides
Step-by-step guides covering key operations and common tasks
Technical information - specifications, APIs, architecture
Concepts - discussion and clarification of key topics