The hw-kafka-client package

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Apache Kafka bindings backed by the librdkafka C library.

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Versions 1.0.0, 1.1.0, 1.1.1, 1.1.2
Dependencies base (>=4.6 && <5), bifunctors, bytestring, containers, hw-kafka-client, temporary, transformers, unix [details]
License MIT
Author Alexey Raga <>
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Kafka bindings for Haskell backed by the librdkafka C module.


This project is inspired by Haskakafka which unfortunately doesn't seem to be actively maintained.


HaskellWorks Kafka ecosystem is described here:


High level consumers are supported by librdkafka starting from version 0.9.
High-level consumers provide an abstraction for consuming messages from multiple partitions and topics. They are also address scalability (up to a number of partitions) by providing automatic rebalancing functionality. When a new consumer joins a consumer group the set of consumers attempt to "rebalance" the load to assign partitions to each consumer.


A working consumer example can be found here: ConsumerExample.hs

import Data.Monoid ((<>))
import Kafka
import Kafka.Consumer

-- Global consumer properties
consumerProps :: ConsumerProperties
consumerProps = consumerBrokersList [BrokerAddress "localhost:9092"]
             <> groupId (ConsumerGroupId "consumer_example_group")
             <> noAutoCommit
             <> consumerDebug [DebugAll]

-- Subscription to topics
consumerSub :: Subscription
consumerSub = topics [TopicName "kafka-client-example-topic"]
           <> offsetReset Earliest

-- Running an example
runConsumerExample :: IO ()
runConsumerExample = do
    res <- runConsumer consumerProps consumerSub processMessages
    print res

processMessages :: KafkaConsumer -> IO (Either KafkaError ())
processMessages kafka = do
    mapM_ (\_ -> do
                   msg1 <- pollMessage kafka (Timeout 1000)
                   putStrLn $ "Message: " <> show msg1
                   err <- commitAllOffsets kafka OffsetCommit
                   putStrLn $ "Offsets: " <> maybe "Committed." show err
          ) [0 .. 10]
    return $ Right ()


kafka-client producer supports sending messages to multiple topics. Target topic name is a part of each message that is to be sent by produceMessage.

A working producer example can be found here: ProducerExample.hs


import Control.Monad (forM_)
import Kafka
import Kafka.Producer

-- Global producer properties
producerProps :: ProducerProperties
producerProps = producerBrokersList [BrokerAddress "localhost:9092"]

-- Topic to send messages to
targetTopic :: TopicName
targetTopic = TopicName "kafka-client-example-topic"

-- Run an example
runProducerExample :: IO ()
runProducerExample = do
    res <- runProducer producerProps sendMessages
    print res

sendMessages :: KafkaProducer -> IO (Either KafkaError ())
sendMessages prod = do
  err1 <- produceMessage prod ProducerRecord
                                { prTopic = targetTopic
                                , prPartition = UnassignedPartition
                                , prKey = Nothing
                                , prValue = Just "test from producer"
  forM_ err1 print

  err2 <- produceMessage prod ProducerRecord
                                { prTopic = targetTopic
                                , prPartition = UnassignedPartition
                                , prKey = Just "key"
                                , prValue = Just "test from producer (with key)"
  forM_ err2 print

  return $ Right ()


Installing librdkafka

Although librdkafka is available on many platforms, most of the distribution packages are too old to support kafka-client. As such, we suggest you install from the source:

git clone
cd librdkafka
make && sudo make install

Sometimes it is helpful to specify openssl includes explicitly:

LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include ./configure

Installing Kafka

The full Kafka guide is at

Alternatively docker-compose can be used to run Kafka locally inside a Docker container. To run Kafka inside Docker:

$ docker-compose up