imkafka: read from Apache Kafka

Module Name: imkafka
Author: Pascal Withopf <>
Available since: v8.27.0

The imkafka plug-in implements an Apache Kafka consumer, permitting rsyslog to receive data from Kafka.

Configuration Parameters

Note that imkafka supports some Array-type parameters. While the parameter name can only be set once, it is possible to set multiple values with that single parameter.

For example, to select a broker, you can use

input(type="imkafka" topic="mytopic" broker="localhost:9092" consumergroup="default")

which is equivalent to

input(type="imkafka" topic="mytopic" broker=["localhost:9092"] consumergroup="default")

To specify multiple values, just use the bracket notation and create a comma-delimited list of values as shown here:

input(type="imkafka" topic="mytopic"

Module Parameters

Currently none.

Action Parameters

broker <Array>

Default: “localhost:9092”

Specifies the broker(s) to use.

topic <String>


Default: none

Specifies the topic to produce to.

confParam <Array>

Default: none

Permits to specify Kafka options. Rather than offering a myriad of config settings to match the Kafka parameters, we provide this setting here as a vehicle to set any Kafka parameter. This has the big advantage that Kafka parameters that come up in new releases can immediately be used.

Note that we use librdkafka for the Kafka connection, so the parameters are actually those that librdkafka supports. As of our understanding, this is a superset of the native Kafka parameters.

consumergroup <String>

Default none

With this parameter the for the consumer is set. All consumers sharing the same belong to the same group.

ruleset <String>

Default: none

Specifies the ruleset to be used.

Caveats/Known Bugs

  • currently none


Sample 1:

In this sample a consumer for the topic static is created and will forward the messages to the omfile action.

input(type="imkafka" topic="static" broker="localhost:9092"
                     consumergroup="default" ruleset="pRuleset")

ruleset(name="pRuleset") {
      action(type="omfile" file="path/to/file")