Supported Versions and Interoperability

This topic provides the supported versions and interoperability of Confluent Platform and its components.

Confluent Platform Versions

Every released major or minor version is supported for 2 years from the date of its general availability.

Confluent Platform Release Date End of Support Date
1.0.0 February 25, 2015 February 25, 2017
2.0.x December 7, 2015 December 7, 2017
3.0.x May 24, 2016 May 24, 2018
3.1.x November 15, 2016 November 15, 2018
3.2.x March 2, 2017 March 2, 2019
3.3.x August 1, 2017 August 1, 2019
4.0.x November 28, 2017 November 28, 2019
4.1.x April 16, 2018 April 16, 2020
5.0.x July 31, 2018 July 31, 2020
5.1.x December 14, 2018 December 14, 2020

Note

Each version of Confluent Platform includes several component services which are only compatible in that specific Confluent Platform version. There are exceptions, including clients and Confluent Control Center, which can be used across versions. All services included in Confluent Platform are supported, including Apache Kafka and its subcomponents: Kafka brokers, Apache ZooKeeper, Java and Scala clients, Kafka Streams, and Kafka Connect.

Confluent Platform and Apache Kafka Compatibility

Confluent Platform Apache Kafka
2.0.x 0.9.0.x
3.0.x 0.10.0.x
3.1.x 0.10.1.x
3.2.x 0.10.2.x
3.3.x 0.11.0.x
4.0.x 1.0.x
4.1.x 1.1.x
5.0.x 2.0.x

Operating Systems

Confluent Platform and clients support these operating systems.

Operating System 1.0.0 2.0.x 3.0.x 3.1.x 3.2.x 3.3.x 4.0.x 4.1.x 5.0.x
RHEL/CentOS 6.x yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
RHEL/CentOS 7.x yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Debian 7 yes yes yes no no no no no no
Debian 8 yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS yes yes yes no no no no no no
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS no no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
  • Windows is not currently supported. Windows users can download and use the ZIP and TAR archives, but must run the JAR files directly.
  • macOS is supported for testing and development purposes only.
  • Control Center requires many open RocksDB files. Set the ulimit for the number of open files (ulimit -n) to a minimum

value of 16384.

Confluent Control Center

You can use the Confluent Control Center with compatible Confluent Platform versions.

Confluent Control Center Confluent Platform
3.0.x 3.0.x
3.1.x 3.1.x
3.2.x 3.2.x
3.3.x 3.2.x, 3.3.x
4.0.x 3.2.x, 3.3.x, 4.0.x
4.1.x 3.2.x, 3.3.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x
5.0.x 3.2.x, 3.3.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x, 5.0.x

Java

Important

Java 1.9 and 1.10 are not currently supported in Confluent Platform. Later versions of Confluent Platform will support these Java versions.

  • Use the latest patch release of each major version of Java to ensure known security vulnerabilities are addressed.
  • Starting with Confluent Platform 5.0, the minimum required version is Java 1.8. Java 1.7 or earlier versions are no longer supported.
Confluent Platform Java Version Minimum Recommended Version
5.0.x 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
4.1.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
4.0.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
3.3.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
3.2.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
3.1.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
3.0.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
2.0.x 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later
1.0.0 1.7.0_60, 1.8.0_60 JDK 1.7 → u51 or later, JDK 1.8 → u31 or later

KSQL

You can use KSQL with compatible Confluent Platform and Apache Kafka versions.

KSQL version 5.1
Apache Kafka version 0.11.0 and later
Confluent Platform version 3.3.0 and later

Scala

Confluent Platform Scala Version
1.0.0 2.10, 2.11
2.0.x 2.10, 2.11
3.0.x 2.10, 2.11
3.1.x 2.10, 2.11
3.2.x 2.10, 2.11
3.3.x 2.11
4.0.x 2.11
4.1.x 2.11
5.0.x 2.11

ZooKeeper

Confluent Platform ZooKeeper
3.0.x 3.4.6
3.1.x 3.4.8
3.2.x 3.4.9
3.3.x 3.4.10
4.0.x 3.4.10
4.1.x 3.4.10
5.0.x 3.4.13

Component Security

Apache Kafka

Security Feature Confluent Platform
Audit log 2.0.x and later
Authentication via SASL/PLAIN 3.0.x and later
Authentication with SASL/Kerberos and SASL/PLAIN 2.0.x and later
Authentication with SASL/SCRAM 3.1.x and later
Authorization (Access control lists) 2.0.x and later
Integration with secured ZooKeeper 2.0.x and later
SSL Wire Encryption 2.0.x and later

Apache Kafka Connect clients

Security Feature Confluent Platform
Authentication and Encryption with secured Kafka brokers 2.0.x and later

Apache Kafka Streams clients

Security Feature Confluent Platform
Authentication and Encryption with secured Kafka brokers 3.0.x and later

Apache ZooKeeper

Security Feature Confluent Platform
Authentication with SASL/Kerberos and SASL/PLAIN 2.0.x and later
Authorization (Access control lists) 2.0.x and later

Confluent Control Center

Security Feature Confluent Platform
HTTPS 3.0.x and later

Authentication and Encryption with secured Kafka brokers:

  • User login with HTTP Basic Authentication
3.0.x and later

REST Proxy

Security Feature Confluent Platform
Authentication and Encryption with secured Kafka brokers 3.1.x and later
HTTPS (SSL) for REST clients 3.0.x and later

Schema Registry

Security Feature Confluent Platform
Authentication and Encryption with secured Kafka brokers 3.0.x and later
HTTPS (SSL) for REST clients 3.0.x and later

Clients

Client Confluent Platform

.NET

  • Targets frameworks net451 and netstandard1.3.
  • Supported on the .NET Framework 4.5.1 and and .NET Core 1.0 and later.
  • Not supported on Mono.
3.2.x and later

C/C++

  • greater than C99
  • greater than C++98
3.1.x and later

Go

  • Golang greater than 1.2
  • librdkafka greater than 0.9.4
3.1.x and later
Java See the supported Java versions.
JMS Client 3.2.x and later

Python

3.0.x and later

Connectors

These connectors are supported by Confluent. For more information, see Kafka Connectors.

Connector Confluent Platform
Confluent Kafka Replicator 3.1.x and later
Kafka Connect ActiveMQ Connector 4.0.x and later
Kafka Connect Cassandra Connector 4.0.x and later
Kafka Connect GCS 4.1.x and later
Kafka Connect HDFS 3.0.x and later
Kafka Connect Elasticsearch Connector 3.0.x and later
Kafka Connect IBM MQ Connector 4.0.x and later
Kafka Connect JDBC Connector 3.0.x and later
Kafka Connect JMS Connector 4.0.x and later
Kafka Connect S3 3.2.x and later

Cross-Component Compatibility

Apache Kafka Connect Workers

Confluent Platform 3.1 and earlier
Apache Kafka Connect Workers must be a version lower or equal to the Apache Kafka brokers (i.e. upgrade brokers first).
Confluent Platform 3.2 and later
Apache Kafka Connect Workers that are included in Confluent Platform 3.2 and later are compatible with any Apache Kafka broker that is included in Confluent Platform 3.0 and later.

Apache Kafka Java Clients

Confluent Platform 3.1 and earlier
Apache Kafka Java Clients must be a version lower than or equal to the Apache Kafka brokers (i.e. upgrade brokers first). The minimum supported Apache Kafka Java Client version is 0.8.
Confluent Platform 3.2 and later
Apache Kafka Java Clients that are included in Confluent Platform 3.2 (Apache Kafka version 0.10.2) and later are compatible with any Apache Kafka broker that is included in Confluent Platform 3.0 and later.

Apache Kafka Streams Clients

Confluent Platform 3.1 and earlier
Apache Kafka Streams Clients must be a version lower than or equal to the Apache Kafka brokers (i.e. upgrade brokers first).
Confluent Platform 3.2 and later
Apache Kafka Streams Clients that are included in Confluent Platform 3.2 (Apache Kafka version 0.10.2) and later are compatible with any Apache Kafka broker that is included in Confluent Platform 3.1 and later.

Auto Data Balancing

Compatible with Confluent Platform 3.1.x brokers and later. Disk free space protection requires Confluent Platform 3.2.x or later.

Confluent C, C++, Python, Go and .NET

All versions of Confluent’s non-Java clients are compatible with all versions of Confluent Platform.

Schema Registry

Confluent Platform 3.1 and earlier
Schema Registry must be a version lower than or equal to the Apache Kafka brokers (i.e. upgrade brokers first).
Confluent Platform 3.2 and later
Schema Registry that is included in Confluent Platform 3.2 and later is compatible with any Apache Kafka broker that is included in Confluent Platform 3.0 and later.

REST Proxy

Confluent Platform 3.1 and earlier
REST Proxy must be a version lower than or equal to the Apache Kafka brokers (i.e. upgrade brokers first).
Confluent Platform 3.2 and later
REST Proxy that is included in Confluent Platform 3.2 and later is compatible with any Apache Kafka broker that is included in Confluent Platform 3.0 and later.

Docker and Orchestration Tools

DC/OS

  • Confluent has partnered with Mesosphere to provide DC/OS packaging for the Confluent Platform. This has been tested, evaluated, and successfully deployed with several customers, but there are still some scenarios that require non-standard configurations. Please contact Confluent Support if you have plans to deploy on top of DC/OS.
  • DC/OS Versions 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9 have been evaluated successfully with Confluent Platform.
  • All Confluent services except the core broker and ZooKeeper services are deployed as Marathon-managed Docker containers. There is minimal variation in that support across DC/OS versions.
  • There are two separate frameworks for the core broker service:
    • Framework version 1 (explicit versions range from 1.0.0 through 1.1.9 between April 2016 and May 2017). This framework supports Confluent Platform 3.0.1 through 3.2.1.
    • Framework version 2 (released as beta in May 2017). This framework supports Confluent versions 3.2.0 and later.

For more information, see the Mesosphere DC/OS documentation.

Docker

Optional: Docker version 1.11 or later. This is required if you are installing Confluent Platform by using the Docker images.

Web Browsers

The following web browsers are supported by Confluent Control Center and Confluent Cloud.

Browser Supported Version
Apple Safari Latest Stable
Google Chrome Latest Stable
Mozilla Firefox Latest Stable