Confluent System Requirements



The following machine recommendations are for installing individual Confluent Platform components:

Component Nodes Storage Memory CPU
Control Center 1 300 GB, preferably SSDs 32 GB RAM (JVM default 6 GB) 12 cores or more
Broker 3
  • 12 X 1 TB disk. RAID 10 is optional
  • Separate OS disks from Apache Kafka® storage
64 GB RAM Dual 12 core sockets
Connect 2 Only required for installation 0.5 - 4 GB heap size depending on connectors Typically not CPU- bound. More cores is better than faster cores.
Replicator   Same as Connect for nodes, storage, memory, and CPU. (See note below regarding AWS.)    
ksqlDB 2 Use SSD. Sizing depends on the number of concurrent queries and the aggregation performed. 20 GB RAM 4 cores
REST Proxy 2 Only required for installation 1 GB overhead plus 64 MB per producer and 16 MB per consumer 16 cores to handle HTTP requests in parallel and background threads for consumers and producers.
Schema Registry 2 Only required for installation 1 GB heap size Typically not CPU- bound. More cores is better than faster cores.
ZooKeeper 3-5
  • Transaction log: 512 GB SSD
  • Storage: 2 X 1 TB SATA, RAID 10

Each write to ZooKeeper must be persisted in the transaction log before the client gets an ack. Using SSD reduces the ZooKeeper write latency.

4 GB RAM 2-4 Cores


If deploying Confluent Platform on AWS VMs and running Replicator as a connector, be aware that VMs with burstable CPU types (T2, T3, T3a, and T4g) will not support high throughput streaming workloads. Replicator worker nodes running on these VMs experience throughput degradation due to credits expiring, making these VMs unsuitable for Confluent Platform nodes expected to run at elevated CPU levels for a sustained period of time, and supporting workloads that are above and beyond their baseline resource rates.


For information on Confluent Cloud support, see Supported Features for Confluent Cloud.


Operating Systems

Operating System 6.1.x 6.0.x 5.5.x 5.4.x 5.3.x 5.2.x 5.1.x 5.0.x 4.1.x 4.0.x 3.3.x
RHEL/CentOS 6.x (deprecated) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
RHEL/CentOS 7.x yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
RHEL/CentOS 8.x yes yes no no no no no no no no no
Debian 8 no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Debian 9 yes yes yes yes yes no no no no no no
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (deprecated) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS yes yes yes yes yes no no no no no no

Windows is not currently supported for Confluent Platform.

Windows 8.1 and later, as well as Windows 2016 and later, are supported by the C/C++ and .NET clients.

macOS 10.14 and later is supported for testing and development purposes only.
File descriptors
For the file descriptor requirement for Kafka, see File Descriptors and mmap.

Control Center requires many open RocksDB files. Set the ulimit for the number of open files to a minimum value of 16384 using the ulimit -n command.

For the other Confluent Platform components, specifically Schema Registry and Replicator, you can leave the ulimit as the OS default.


When installing Confluent Platform on RHEL8 with TLS encryption, you must add DH Key Size JVM Parameters for each component. For more information, see Strong crypto defaults in RHEL 8 and deprecation of weak crypto algorithms.

Set the following component-level environment variables to the argument:

  • Control Center: CONTROL_CENTER_OPTS=-Djdk.tls.ephemeralDHKeySize=2048
  • Schema Registry: SCHEMA_REGISTRY_OPTS=-Djdk.tls.ephemeralDHKeySize=2048
  • Kafka, ZooKeeper, and Connect: KAFKA_OPTS=-Djdk.tls.ephemeralDHKeySize=2048
  • REST Proxy: KAFKAREST_OPTS=-Djdk.tls.ephemeralDHKeySize=2048
  • ksqlDB: KSQL_OPTS=-Djdk.tls.ephemeralDHKeySize=2048


Java 8 and Java 11 are supported in this version of Confluent Platform (Java 9 and 10 are not supported). For more information, see Java supported versions. You need to separately install the correct version of Java before you start the Confluent Platform installation process.


Optional: Docker version 1.11 or later running on a supported operating system. This is required if you are installing Confluent Platform by using the Docker images.


Control Center relies heavily on Kafka, so a fast and reliable network is important for performance. Modern datacenter networking speed of 1 GbE, 10 GbE should be sufficient.


The table below lists the network services and ports exposed as part of Confluent Platform.

All services listed below use the TCP protocol.

All ports listed below are the default ports, and in most cases you can configure each service to listen on a different port of your choice.

Ports that are indicated to be Internal Only need to be accessible by components within Confluent Platform, not by users or clients of the platform.

When deploying Confluent Platform, ensure that your networking rules allow for the required access to the various components and services.

Component and Service Default Port Internal Only?
  • Peer-to-peer communication
2888 Yes
  • Peer-to-peer communication
3888 Yes
  • Client access
2181 No
  • Client access via TLS
2182 No
  • Jolokia [*]
7770 No
Kafka Broker    
  • Inter-broker listener
9091 Yes
  • External listener
9092 No
  • Metadata Service (MDS)
8090 No
  • Confluent Server REST API
8090 No
  • Jolokia [*]
7771 No
(Standalone) REST Proxy 8082 No
Confluent Control Center 9021 No
Kafka Connect    
8083 No
  • Jolokia [*]
7773 No
ksqlDB Server    
8088 No
  • Jolokia [*]
7774 No
Schema Registry    
8081 No
  • Jolokia [*]
7772 No

[*] Reserve the Jolokia ports only when you deploy Confluent Platform using Ansible.

Synchronize time

Clock synchronization on each Kafka broker is required to ensure the full system functions correctly. For example, secure network communication with the brokers that rely on TLS certificate verification may fail if clocks are not synchronized. Clock synchronization can be achieved using utilities like ntpd that implement the Network Time Protocol (NTP).