Kafka Clients

This section describes the clients included with Confluent Platform.

Confluent Platform includes client libraries for multiple languages that provide both low-level access to Apache Kafka® and higher level stream processing.

To see a comprehensive list of supported clients, refer to the “Clients” section under Supported Versions and Interoperability.

Confluent Official Clients

Confluent official clients are available for:


The Kafka client version matches and maps to the version of Apache Kafka® that supports it. See also, https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.apache.kafka/kafka-clients.


The matrix shown below follows the same support timeline as mentioned in the Confluent Platform and Apache Kafka Compatibility matrix. The Kafka clients are available for download on the org.apache.kafka/kafka-clients site.

Apache Kafka® clients version Release Date Standard End of Support Platinum End of Support
3.0.x October 27, 2021 October 27, 2023 October 27, 2024
2.8.x June 8, 2021 June 8, 2023 June 8, 2024
2.7.x February 9, 2021 February 9, 2023 February 9, 2024
2.6.x September 24, 2020 September 24, 2022 September 24, 2023
2.5.x April 24, 2020 April 24, 2022 April 24, 2023
2.4.x January 10, 2020 January 10, 2022 January 10, 2023
2.3.x July 19, 2019 July 19, 2021 July 19, 2022
2.2.x March 28, 2019 March 28, 2021 March 28, 2022
2.1.x December 14, 2018 December 14, 2020 December 14, 2021
2.0.x July 31, 2018 July 31, 2020 July 31, 2021
1.1.x April 16, 2018 April 16, 2020 April 16, 2021
  • The end of support date applies to the stated minor version, and all maintenance versions associated with that minor version. For example, support for Apache Kafka® 2.6.4 ends on September 24, 2022.
  • The two year support policy is standard. End of support is extended one year for Platinum support agreements.

librdkafka and Derived Clients

librdkafka is an open source community project available at: https://github.com/edenhill/librdkafka.

Confluent maintains its own official, signed set of binaries for librdkafka, available to you here: https://packages.confluent.io/clients/.

Programming Language Library Name Documentation
C/C++ Client librdkafka Kafka C/C++ Client
Go Client confluent-kafka-go Kafka Go Client
.NET Client confluent-kafka-dotnet Kafka .NET Client
Python Client confluent-kafka-python Kafka Python Client
Apache Kafka® clients version Release Date Standard End of Support Platinum End of Support
1.9.0 June 16, 2022 June 16, 2024 June 16, 2025
1.8.0 September 22, 2021 September 22, 2023 September 22, 2024
1.7.0 August 8, 2021 August 8, 2023 August 8, 2024
1.6.1 April 27, 2021 April 27, 2023 April 27, 2024
1.6.0 February 21, 2021 February 21, 2023 February 21, 2024
  • The two year support policy is standard. End of support is extended one year for Platinum support agreements.

Feature Support

The following tables describes the client support for various Confluent Platform features as supported by the latest version of the specific libraries.

Feature C/C++ Go Java .NET Python
Admin API Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Control Center metrics integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom partitioner Yes No Yes No No
Exactly Once Semantics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Idempotent Producer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kafka Streams No No Yes No No
Record Headers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SASL Kerberos/GSSAPI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SASL PLAIN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SASL SCRAM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Simplified installation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schema Registry Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Topic Metadata API Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other Languages

There are many programming languages that provide Kafka client libraries. The following “Hello, World!” examples are written in various languages to demonstrate how to produce to and consume from an Apache Kafka® cluster, which can be in Confluent Cloud, on your local host, or any other Kafka cluster. For the subset of languages that support it, the code examples also demonstrate how to use Avro and Confluent Schema Registry.

There are additional examples for Kafka and Confluent Platform command line tools and components: