MapR DB Sink Connector for Confluent Platform

The Kafka Connect MapR DB Sink connector provides a way to export data from an Apache Kafka® topic and write data to a MapR DB cluster.


The MapR DB Sink connector for Confluent Platform includes the following features:

At least once delivery

This connector guarantees that records from the Kafka topic are delivered at least once.

Dead Letter Queue

This connector supports the Dead Letter Queue (DLQ) functionality. For information about accessing and using the DLQ, see Confluent Platform Dead Letter Queue.

Multiple tasks

The MapR DB Sink connector supports running one or more tasks. You can specify the number of tasks in the tasks.max configuration parameter. This can lead to huge performance gains when multiple files need to be parsed.


The following are required to run the Kafka Connect MapR DB Sink connector:

  • Kafka Broker: Confluent Platform 3.3.0 or above, or Kafka 0.11.0 or above
  • Connect: Confluent Platform 4.1.0 or above, or Kafka 1.1.0 or above (requires header support in Connect)
  • MapR DB 5.x or higher
  • MapR DB (Installed locally in opt/mapr)
  • Java 1.8

Install the MapR DB Connector

You can install this connector by using the Confluent Hub client installation instructions or by manually downloading the ZIP file.



You must install the connector on every machine where Connect will run.

  • An installation of the MapR client. The MapR client must work properly on the host running the connect worker process. The Kafka Connect worker process must be started with the following command:

    -Dmapr.home.dir=/opt/mapr -Dmapr.library.flatclass

    You can do this by exporting the KAFKA_OPTS environment variable before starting Kafka Connect. For example:

    export KAFKA_OPTS="-Dmapr.home.dir=/opt/mapr -Dmapr.library.flatclass"
  • An installation of the Confluent Hub Client.


    This is installed by default with Confluent Enterprise.

  • An installation of the latest (latest) connector version.

    To install the latest connector version, navigate to your Confluent Platform installation directory and run the following command:

    confluent-hub install confluentinc/kafka-connect-maprdb:latest

    You can install a specific version by replacing latest with a version number as shown in the following example:

    confluent-hub install confluentinc/kafka-connect-maprdb:1.0.0-preview

Install the connector manually

Download and extract the ZIP file for your connector and then follow the manual connector installation instructions.


You can use this connector for a 30-day trial period without a license key.

After 30 days, this connector is available under a Confluent enterprise license. Confluent issues Confluent enterprise license keys to subscribers, along with providing enterprise-level support for Confluent Platform and your connectors. If you are a subscriber, please contact Confluent Support at for more information.

See Confluent Platform license for license properties and License topic configuration for information about the license topic.

Configuration Properties

For a complete list of configuration properties for this connector, see MapR DB Sink Connector Configuration properties.


For an example of how to get Kafka Connect connected to Confluent Cloud, see Distributed Cluster.

Usage Notes

The table on the MapR DB cluster is selected based on the topic name. If you need to change this take a look at the RegexRouter transformation which can be used to change the topic name before it’s sent to MapR DB.


Property-based example

This configuration is used typically along with standalone workers.

 topics=< Required Configuration >

REST-based example

This configuration is used typically along with distributed workers. Write the following json to connector.json, configure all of the required values, and use the command below to post the configuration to one the distributed connect worker(s). Check here for more information about the Kafka Connect REST API

Connect distributed REST example

  "config" : {
    "name" : "MapRDBSinkConnector1",
    "connector.class" : "io.confluent.connect.mapr.db.MapRDBSinkConnector",
    "tasks.max" : "1",
    "topics" : "< Required Configuration >"

Use curl to post the configuration to one of the Kafka Connect Workers. Change http://localhost:8083/ the endpoint of one of your Kafka Connect worker(s).

Create a new connector

To create a new connector, run the following command:

curl -s -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' --data @connector.json http://localhost:8083/connectors

Update an existing connector

To update an existing connector, run the following command:

curl -s -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/json' --data @connector.json http://localhost:8083/connectors/MapRDBSinkConnector1/config