From the Messages page, you can view the data being produced to a topic. Browse message data, seek to a specific offset or timestamp by partition, and select messages you want to download.
Inspecting a topic¶
The Topic Inspection feature in Control Center is enabled by default. With this feature, you can inspect topic details and browse live streaming messages.
To inspect a topic and browse a live stream of messages:
Select a cluster from the navigation bar.
Click the Topics menu. The All Topics page appears.
Click the ellipsis (
...) by the topic name and click Inspect. The Messages page displays incoming streaming messages for the topic.
To browse the messages pane:
- Click the horizontal (tabular view) and vertical scrollbars to view all of the available data. The newest data is displayed at the top of the messages pane. As you scroll vertically, or hover in the messages pane, a timeline arrow indicates when the messages were received.
To pause scrolling incoming messages so that you can analyze the data, hover in the messages pane. To resume scrolling, move the cursor focus outside of the messages pane.
To filter the results, enter the criteria in the Filter by keyword box.
Only prefix searching is currently supported. You can search for the beginning portion of a keyword. The search keyword must be the first substring in a column item. The filter matches the search string across any of the columns. There is a known issue with column names that contain a period (MMA-4524).
Click the Card view or Tabular view (default) icon for the layout you prefer:
Jump to an offset¶
To jump to a message offset, click the Jump to offset menu and enter the offset and partition. Messages are displayed in the message browser pane starting from the desired offset, and continue to feed in at the top of the message browser pane.
The record at the offset is highlighted and preselected for download.
Jump to a timestamp¶
To jump to a message timestamp, click the Jump to timestamp menu and enter the timestamp and partition.
The timestamp is displayed in microseconds. Enter your time of interest in milliseconds into the timestamp box and selected partition.
Use a timestamp converter to convert the timestamp into a human-readable date and time.
The timestamp jump searches for the earliest offset where the timestamp was first recorded. Even if there are multiple data points associated with a timestamp, the seek goes to the earliest offset. Messages are displayed in the message browser pane starting from the desired timestamp, and continue to feed in at the top of the message browser pane. Manually select any messages you want to download.
Download selected topic messages¶
Select one or more contiguous or non-contiguous rows. The Download button becomes available and shows the number of selected messages.
Press the command key + click to select non-contiguous rows. Press shift + click on a beginning and ending row to select a contiguous range of messages.
Click Download (n). A file named
selected_data_n.jsonthat contains the selected messages in JSON format is downloaded into your downloads directory. The n represents the number of selected messages.
Enable and disable topic inspection (message browsing) in Control Center¶
The topic inspection feature is enabled by default in Control Center. The feature can be disabled if an organization does not want any users to access the feature. After disabling the feature, the Inspect menu and the Inspect tab are no longer visible in the Control Center UI. The ability to inspect a topic is disabled.
To disable the inspect topic feature in Control Center:
confluent.controlcenter.topic.inspection.enableoption in your
... confluent.controlcenter.topic.inspection.enable=false ...
Make the change in the appropriate Control Center properties file or files configured for your environments, including
control-center-production.properties. The properties files are located in
Restart Control Center and pass in the properties file for the configuration to take effect:
./bin/control-center-stop ./bin/control-center-start ../etc/confluent-control-center/control-center.properties
If you are using a Confluent Platform development environment with a Confluent CLI, stop and start as follows:
./confluent local stop control-center ./confluent local start control-center ../etc/confluent-control-center/control-center-dev.properties
To enable the feature again, set the option back to
true and restart Control Center with the updated properties file.