Confluent Telemetry Reporter

The Confluent Telemetry Reporter is a plugin that runs inside each Confluent Platform service to push metadata about the service to Confluent. Telemetry Reporter enables product features based on the metadata, like Health+. Data is sent over HTTP using an encrypted connection.

For a list of available metrics, see Telemetry Reporter Metrics.


  • If Self-Balancing is enabled on the cluster, Telemetry Reporter is enabled and runs by default as a requirement of Self-Balancing Clusters. The Self-Balancing algorithm consumes from the Telemetry Reporter internal topic _confluent-telemetry-metrics.
  • If Self-Balancing is not enabled on the cluster, the Telemetry Reporter can be fully disabled using the property setting in the server configuration file at $CONFLUENT_HOME/etc/kafka/
  • No data is sent to Confluent Cloud if you set confluent.telemetry.enabled to false.


Confluent Telemetry Reporter is installed as part of the full Confluent Platform installation. If you choose to install packages individually, ensure that Telemetry Reporter is installed by using yum install confluent-telemetry or the equivalent package manager command for your environment.

Enable telemetry reporting to Confluent Cloud


Create a Cloud API key and secret

The following steps show how to create an API key and secret to authenticate with Confluent Cloud.

Cloud API keys are distinct from Kafka cluster API keys. For Telemetry Reporter, you must use a Cloud API Key, not a Kafka cluster API key. Using a cluster key causes an authentication error.

  1. Log in to Confluent Cloud by using the confluent login command.

  2. Use the confluent iam service-account create command to create a service account for your telemetry data.

    confluent iam service-account create <telemetry-sa-name> --description "<telemetry-sa-description>"

    Your output should resemble:

    | ID          | sa-abc123                 |
    | Name        | telemetry-sa              |
    | Description | telemetry service account |

    Note the service account ID, which you use in the next step.

  3. Use the confluent api-key create command to create a Cloud API key for the service account.

    confluent api-key create --resource cloud --service-account <sa-id> --description "<api-key-description>"

    Your output should resemble:

    It may take a couple of minutes for the API key to be ready.
    Save the API key and secret. The secret is not retrievable later.
    | API Key | UZ7UB0BEMH7ZZL4T                                                 |
    | Secret  | PcFU4EUD0bbSFaz3jnx2jhYmcuPVZShdowwhOkrYUhusFONqQtfU0tMtT8gkZSde |

Configure Health+

To configure Health+, you must configure the Telemetry Reporter plugin on every service that you want to include in Health+. The process for configuring Telemetry Reporter for ksqlDB and Connect is the same as for the broker. You must set telemetry.enabled to true and specify the API key telemetry.api.key and secret telemetry.api.secret for each component.

You have a number of options for configuring Health+.

  1. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for Confluent Health+.

  2. Open Confluent Control Center in a browser. The default URL is http://localhost:9021/.

  3. On the Home page, click your cluster.

  4. In the navigation menu, click Health+ to open the overview page.

  5. Click Get started to set up Health+ for your cluster.

  6. In the Enable your cluster to communicate with Health+ section, enter your API key and secret.

    Enable Health+ page in Confluent Control Center
    • If you used the Confluent CLI to generate the key and secret, enter them in the confluent.telemetry.api.key and confluent.telemetry.api.secret text boxes.
    • If you used Confluent Cloud Console to generate the key and secret, click Upload key and secret and navigate to the file that you downloaded previously.
  7. Click Continue.

  8. Navigate to the Health+ page in Confluent Cloud Console to verify that your data is being received. The tile for your Confluent Platform cluster should show Running.

  9. Click Finish.

  10. Click the tile for your cluster to see your telemetry data on the Health+ Monitoring Dashboard.

Configuration with a proxy

Confluent Telemetry Reporter supports routing telemetry data through an authenticated HTTP proxy. In these environments, set the following parameters in the properties file of the broker to enable telemetry data to egress through a proxy.


What data is sent and how is it used?

When you have Confluent Telemetry Reporter enabled for a specific Confluent Platform component, Confluent collects metrics about the Confluent Platform component that include:

  • Runtime performance metrics
  • The Kafka version
  • The Confluent Platform version
  • A unique identifier that’s valid for the applicable Confluent Platform component
  • A unique identifier for the Kafka cluster
  • A unique identifier for your organization.

The data is sent using an encrypted connection to Confluent servers once per minute, by default. The resulting data is used by Confluent to offer Health+ to its customers and to maintain and improve Confluent Products and Services.

For this data to be sent, enable the transmission by setting configuration flags in every Confluent Platform component. You can stop sending data at any time by removing these configuration flags.

Telemetry Reporter requires an Amazon Root certificate to successful submit metrics to Confluent. The required CA Root Certificate is: C=US; O=Amazon; CN=Amazon RSA 2048 M02

You can find this certificate in the default TrustStore included with Java. If you made adjustments to the default TrustStore that remove the above certificate, you must add it back to use Telemetry Reporter.

The default TrustStore is typically a file named cacerts. It’s located in the lib/security directory within the Java installation directory.

Dynamic Configuration

Currently, dynamic configuration applies only to Kafka brokers.

To understand how to apply dynamic configs for your cluster, see Kafka Dynamic Configurations.

Enable Telemetry without a restart

If you’re using Confluent Server, you can enable the Telemetry Reporter without a restart by using the following command. Replace <api_key> and <api_secret> with the key and secret you generated previously.

$CONFLUENT_HOME/bin/kafka-configs --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 \
--alter --entity-type brokers --entity-default \
--add-config confluent.telemetry.enabled=true, \
confluent.telemetry.api.key=<api_key>, \

Supported dynamic configuration properties

  • confluent.telemetry.enabled
  • confluent.telemetry.api.key
  • confluent.telemetry.api.secret
  • confluent.telemetry.proxy.url
  • confluent.telemetry.proxy.username
  • confluent.telemetry.proxy.password

Disable Telemetry

For all Confluent Platform components that have telemetry enabled, set the confluent.telemetry.enabled config to false and restart the component.


If you’re using Confluent Server, you can disable Telemetry Reporter without a restart by using the following command. Replace <api_key> and <api_secret> with the key and secret you generated previously.

  $CONFLUENT_HOME/bin/kafka-configs --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 \
  --alter --entity-type brokers --entity-default \
  --add-config confluent.telemetry.enabled=false, \
  confluent.telemetry.api.key=<api_key>, \