Starting Minikube

This assumes that you have the latest version of the minikube binary, which you can get here.

minikube start

NOTE: Make sure to start minikube with your configured VM. If need help look at the documentation for more.

Once Minikube is started, let’s create our kafka namespace:

kubectl create namespace kafka

Applying Strimzi installation file

Next we apply the Strimzi install files, including ClusterRoles, ClusterRoleBindings and some Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs). The CRDs define the schemas used for declarative management of the Kafka cluster, Kafka topics and users.

curl -L \
  | sed 's/namespace: .*/namespace: kafka/' \
  | kubectl -n kafka apply -f -

Provision the Apache Kafka cluster

After that we feed Strimzi with a simple Custom Resource, which will than give you a small persistent Apache Kafka Cluster with one node for each, Apache Zookeeper and Apache Kafka:

# Apply the `Kafka` Cluster CR file
kubectl apply -f -n kafka

We can now watch the deployment on the kafka namespace, and see all required pods being created:

kubectl get pods -n kafka -w

The installation is complete, once the my-cluster-entity-operator is running, like:

my-cluster-entity-operator-6bc7f6985c-q29p5   3/3     Running   0          44s
my-cluster-kafka-0                            2/2     Running   1          91s
my-cluster-zookeeper-0                        2/2     Running   0          2m30s
strimzi-cluster-operator-78f8bf857-kpmhb      1/1     Running   0          3m10s

Send and receive messages

Once the cluster is running, you can run a simple producer to send messages to Kafka topic (the topic will be automatically created):

kubectl -n kafka run kafka-producer -ti --image=strimzi/kafka:0.12.1-kafka-2.2.1 --rm=true --restart=Never -- bin/ --broker-list my-cluster-kafka-bootstrap:9092 --topic my-topic

And to receive them:

kubectl -n kafka run kafka-consumer -ti --image=strimzi/kafka:0.12.1-kafka-2.2.1 --rm=true --restart=Never -- bin/ --bootstrap-server my-cluster-kafka-bootstrap:9092 --topic my-topic --from-beginning

Enjoy your Apache Kafka cluster, running on Minikube!