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Connect to Apache Kafka® cluster using SSL protocol

Connecting Apache Kafka cluster and Klaw allows you to easily manage and enforce governance policies for topics, ACLs, and more on your Apache Kafka cluster.

This section provides you with information on how to connect Apache Kafka cluster to Klaw using SSL protocol.


  • Set up the connection between the Klaw APIs (Klaw Core API and Klaw Cluster API), see klaw-core-with-clusterapi. This involves configuring the klaw.clusterapi.url setting in the Klaw UI and testing the connectivity to ensure the two APIs can communicate.

Configure and connect using SSL protocol

Follow the steps below to configure and connect to an Apache Kafka cluster in Klaw using SSL protocol:

  1. In the Klaw web interface, navigate to Environments, and click Clusters.

  2. On the Clusters page, click Add Cluster.

  3. On the Add Kafka cluster page, enter the following details:

    • Cluster Type: Select Kafka from the drop-down list
    • Cluster Name: Provide a name for the cluster
    • Protocol: Select SSL protocol for your cluster
    • Kafka Flavor: Select Apache Kafka as the flavor
    • Bootstrap server: Enter the bootstrap servers details for an Apache Kafka cluster.
  4. Click Save.

  5. Add the cluster to the preferred environment. Click Environments from the Environments drop-down menu.

  6. Click Add Environment and enter the details to add your Apache Kafka environment.

  7. Enter an environment name, select the added cluster from the drop-down list, and configure partitions, replication factor, and tenant (set to default).

  8. Copy the Cluster ID from the Clusters page using the copy icon that is available on the right-hand side of each cluster row.

  9. Open the file located in the klaw/cluster-api/src/main/resources directory.

  10. Configure the SSL properties to connect to Apache Kafka clusters by copying and editing the following lines:


    It is possible to configure JKS, PKCS12 and PEM certificate types.

    • For the lines starting with clusterid, replace clusterid with the Klaw Cluster ID.

    • Replace client.keystore.p12 with the path for the keystore and klaw1234 with the password configured for the keystore file.

    • Replace client.truststore.jks with the path for the truststore and klaw1234 with the password configured for the truststore file.

    • Save the file.

      The following is an example of an file configured with Klaw cluster ID:

  11. Add relevant ACLs on the Apache Kafka cluster (IP/Principal based) to authorize Klaw to create topics and ACLs. This can be done using :

    --operation All --clusterCluster:kafka-cluster --topic "*"

  12. Re-deploy the Klaw Cluster API with the updated configuration. This will apply the changes and enable Klaw to connect to the Apache Kafka cluster using SSL protocol.

Once the above steps are completed, you should be able to connect a Apache Kafka cluster to Klaw using the SSL protocol and perform the necessary operations on the cluster.