Confluent CLI Overview

The Confluent command line interface (CLI), confluent, enables developers to manage Confluent Cloud or Confluent Platform.

Built-in autocompletion can help users quickly craft commands. With authentication and machine readable output, confluent supports automated workflows as well.

Initial workflow

Take the following steps to get started with the Confluent CLI:

  1. Install Confluent CLI.
  2. Connect to a Confluent cluster.
  3. Manage Confluent clusters using the Confluent CLI commands.


For step-by-step tutorials using Confluent CLI that show how to produce to and consume from Kafka topics, with and without (de)serializers, check out the set of Tutorials on Confluent Developer.