Guide to Installing Kafkactl on Linux Systems

Installing Kafka CTL

Kafka is the high-performance TCP protocol server used for large distribution of servers to clients. It is used to collect, store, retrieve, and scale large amounts of data. One of the prior advantages of this technology, Kafka, is that it streams massive messages in Low Latency. Kafka is written in Java and Scala. It can be deployed as bare hardware, virtual machines, and containers as well as in cloud environments.

What You’ll Learn

The main objective of this article is to learn the commands used to install the kafkactl in a Linux machine, a versatile command line tool used to streamline management and interaction with the Apache kafka cluster. By the end of this article, you will be well efficient in monitoring the Apache kafka cluster using your command line .

Prerequisites for Installation

Hardware requirements

A Linux-based operating system for example Ubuntu, CentOS, running on the host machine.

Software Dependencies

  1. Java Development kit(JDK) – Here’s a tutorial on installing Java on Ubuntu.
  2. A functioning Apache kafka up and running
  3. Access to the command line terminal

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Kafkactl on Linux

Before installing Kafkactl we must make sure of the following things:

Check the Version of Java Installed

Check the version of Java using the following commands:

java --version

If there is no Java development kit present follow the commands to install it on your machine

Installing the Latest Java on Linux

The first thing is to update your machine and the following command will update your machine to the current version that it supports:

sudo apt install default- jdk

Next, you have to install JDK in your local system using the following command:

sudo apt install default- jdk

Note: Remember, if you give invalid file names for installation error may occur saying “unable to locate the file”. So, check the file names properly and install the packages.

Install Kafkactl in Linux

Step 1: Navigate to the official site of Kafka and download the Kafka latest release file from here .

Kafka Website
Figure 1: Downloading Kafka from the official website

Step 2: On clicking the suitable recent release of Kafka, it will navigate you to a new page that contains Mirror Maker, Click on the first link on that website

Step 3: This will install a tar file in your local. Using the command tar -xvf to untar the file or extract the file

Extracting Kafka
Figure 2: Extracting the Kafka in Ubuntu

Step 4: Use the ls command to check and verify the installation and extraction are done properly

Kafka File
Figure 3: Checking the Downloaded Kafka file

Step 5: Move to the Kafka downloaded directory by using the cd change directory command

cd kafka_2.12-2.3.0

Note: This is the step where you get java not found error, and here if java is not installed you can install as shown in the figure

sudo apt-get install openjdk-11-jdk
Java Installation
Figure-4: Java Installation

Step 6: Next you have to run the following command and if it runs properly then you are going on the right track

Create Bin Kafka
Figure-5: Kafka on Ubuntu

Step 7: To set the path for Kafka we need to verify that the system contains .bashrc by listing out all files using the following command:

ls -a

Step 8: Open the .bashrc file using the nano or vi editor

Step 9: Move all down the end and set the path for Kafka

export PATH=/home/tute/kafka_2.12-2.3.0/bin:$PATH
Setting Path
Figure 6: Setting Path for Kafka

Step 10: Save and exit the editor

Step 11: If the path seems good it will display on the terminal once you close the editor

Step 12: To test the Kafka controls use

Configuring Kafkactl for Optimal Performance

Step 1: Open the kafkactl script using any editor like nano, vi


Step 2: Set up a path to the kafka variable for installation

Setting Variable
Figure-7: Setting Kafka variable for installation

Step 3: Save and exit from the text editor you used to edit


You’ve successfully navigated the intricacies of installing and configuring Kafkactl on your Linux system, elevating your Apache Kafka management skills to a new level. With this newfound expertise, you’re not just managing clusters; you’re orchestrating a symphony of data streams. What challenges will you tackle next in your Kafka journey?