confluent local services kafka start


The confluent local commands are intended for a single-node development environment and are not suitable for a production environment. The data that are produced are transient and are intended to be temporary. For production-ready workflows, see Confluent Platform.


Start Apache Kafka®. For a faster and more lightweight experience, consider using confluent local kafka start. In the next major confluent CLI version, this command will be removed and replaced by ongoing support for confluent local kafka.

confluent local services kafka start [flags]


You must export the path as an environment variable for each terminal session, or set the path to your Confluent Platform installation in your shell profile. For example:

cat ~/.bash_profile
export CONFLUENT_HOME=<path-to-confluent>


-c, --config string   Configure Apache Kafka® with a specific properties file.

Global Flags

-h, --help            Show help for this command.
    --unsafe-trace    Equivalent to -vvvv, but also log HTTP requests and responses which might contain plaintext secrets.
-v, --verbose count   Increase verbosity (-v for warn, -vv for info, -vvv for debug, -vvvv for trace).

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