Setting up a Kafka on AWS EC2

Setting up a Kafka on AWS EC2

March 26, 2021 / Nirav Shah

Apache Kafka is an open-source stream-processing software platform developed by the Apache Software Foundation, written in Scala and Java.

Updating System Packages

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Create a User for Kafka

sudo useradd kafka -m

Add a password to the Kafka user using passwd:

sudo passwd kafka

Next, we need to add the kafka user to the sudo group for it to have sudo privileges that will be required to install Kafka’s dependencies:

sudo adduser kafka sudo

You can now log in to the account, as shown below:

su -l kafka

Download and Extract the Kafka Binaries

mkdir ~/Downloads
curl "" -o ~/Downloads/kafka.tgz

Next, we create a directory called kafka

mkdir ~/kafka

Change our working directory to this directory:

cd ~/kafka

Extract the archive we downloaded using the tar command:

tar -xvzf ~/Downloads/kafka.tgz --strip 1

Configure the Kafka Server

Kafka’s configuration options are specified in the file. Open this file with nano or your favourite editor:

nano ~/kafka/config/

Add the following line to the bottom of the file to allow us to delete Kafka topics.

Setting up a Kafka on AWS EC2

delete.topic.enable = true

Save and close the file.

Next, start Kafka with the command below:

sudo systemctl start kafka
journalctl -u kafka

The Kafka server listens on port 9092.

To enable Kafka on server boot, issue the command below:

sudo systemctl enable kafka

So we have successfully installed Kafka on the AWS.

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