Configure Self-Managed Connectors

Connector configurations are key-value mappings. For standalone mode these are defined in a properties file and passed to the Connect process on the command line. In distributed mode, they will be included in the JSON payload sent over the REST API for the request that creates (or modifies) the connector. When choosing to deploy in standalone or distributed mode, it is useful to review the recommendations in the Getting Started guide. Both standalone and distributed connectors can be configured by using the Confluent Control Center which gives a graphical interface to update connector configurations. Most configurations are connector dependent, but there are a few settings common to all connectors:

  • name - Unique name for the connector. Attempting to register again with the same name will fail.
  • connector.class - The Java class for the connector
  • tasks.max - The maximum number of tasks that should be created for this connector. The connector may create fewer tasks if it cannot achieve this level of parallelism.
  • key.converter - (optional) Override the default key converter class set by the worker.
  • value.converter - (optional) Override the default value converter class set by the worker.

To pass configuration parameters to key and value converters, prefix them with key.converter. or value.converter. as you would in the worker configuration when defining default converters. Note that these are only used when the corresponding converter configuration is specified in the key.converter or value.converter properties.


For detailed information about converters, see Configuring Key and Value Converters. For details about producer and consumer settings, see Connect Producers and Consumers.

Note that these parameters are not used unless the corresponding converter configuration is specified in the connector configuration. See the Getting Started guide for details.

Standalone Example

Below is an example of a standalone connector configuration for the supported FileSinkConnector. Note the common configurations name, connector.class, tasks.max, and topics, and one FileStreamSinkConnector specific configuration file is specified. The file containing this configuration should be added as shown in the Getting Started guide.


Distributed Example

You can use the REST API to manage the connectors running on workers in distributed mode. Here is a simple example that creates a FileSinkConnector as in the standalone example. Note the URL is pointing to localhost indicating that the connect worker has been started on the same host where the curl command is run. Instructions for starting a worker in distributed mode are Getting Started guide.

  curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data '{"name": "local-file-sink", "config": {"connector.class":"FileStreamSinkConnector", "tasks.max":"1", "file":"test.sink.txt", "topics":"connect-test" }}' http://localhost:8083/connectors
# Or, to use a file containing the JSON-formatted configuration
# curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data @config.json http://localhost:8083/connectors

To create a connector, you start the workers and then make a REST request to create a connector as above. Unlike many other systems, all nodes in Kafka Connect can respond to REST requests, including creating, listing, modifying, and destroying connectors (see the REST API section for details).

Confluent Platform license

Confluent’s commercial connectors require an enterprise, development, or 30-day trial license. Prior to Confluent Platform version 6.0, each connector configuration required several license-related properties. This continues to be an option in Confluent Platform version 6.0 (and later). However, starting with Confluent Platform version 6.0, you can put all required license-related properties in the Connect worker configuration instead of in each connector configuration. For details, see Licensing.