Deprecation notice:

Please be aware this processor is deprecated and may be removed in the near future.

Please consider using one the following alternatives: PublishKafkaRecord_2_6


Sends the contents of a FlowFile as individual records to Apache Kafka using the Kafka 1.0 Producer API. The contents of the FlowFile are expected to be record-oriented data that can be read by the configured Record Reader. The complementary NiFi processor for fetching messages is ConsumeKafkaRecord_1_0.

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Apache, Kafka, Record, csv, json, avro, logs, Put, Send, Message, PubSub, 1.0


In the list below, the names of required properties appear in bold. Any other properties (not in bold) are considered optional. The table also indicates any default values, and whether a property supports the NiFi Expression Language.

Display NameAPI NameDefault ValueAllowable ValuesDescription
Kafka Brokersbootstrap.serverslocalhost:9092Comma-separated list of Kafka Brokers in the format host:port
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)
Topic NametopicThe name of the Kafka Topic to publish to.
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using flow file attributes and variable registry)
Record Readerrecord-readerController Service API:
Implementations: GrokReader
The Record Reader to use for incoming FlowFiles
Record Writerrecord-writerController Service API:
Implementations: FreeFormTextRecordSetWriter
The Record Writer to use in order to serialize the data before sending to Kafka
Use Transactionsuse-transactionstrue
  • true
  • false
Specifies whether or not NiFi should provide Transactional guarantees when communicating with Kafka. If there is a problem sending data to Kafka, and this property is set to false, then the messages that have already been sent to Kafka will continue on and be delivered to consumers. If this is set to true, then the Kafka transaction will be rolled back so that those messages are not available to consumers. Setting this to true requires that the <Delivery Guarantee> property be set to "Guarantee Replicated Delivery."
Transactional Id Prefixtransactional-id-prefixWhen Use Transaction is set to true, KafkaProducer config '' will be a generated UUID and will be prefixed with this string.
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)
Delivery GuaranteeacksBest Effort
  • Best Effort FlowFile will be routed to success after successfully sending the content to a Kafka node, without waiting for any acknowledgment from the node at all. This provides the best performance but may result in data loss.
  • Guarantee Single Node Delivery FlowFile will be routed to success if the message is received by a single Kafka node, whether or not it is replicated. This is faster than <Guarantee Replicated Delivery> but can result in data loss if a Kafka node crashes
  • Guarantee Replicated Delivery FlowFile will be routed to failure unless the message is replicated to the appropriate number of Kafka Nodes according to the Topic configuration
Specifies the requirement for guaranteeing that a message is sent to Kafka. Corresponds to Kafka's 'acks' property.
Attributes to Send as Headers (Regex)attribute-name-regexA Regular Expression that is matched against all FlowFile attribute names. Any attribute whose name matches the regex will be added to the Kafka messages as a Header. If not specified, no FlowFile attributes will be added as headers.
Message Header Encodingmessage-header-encodingUTF-8For any attribute that is added as a message header, as configured via the <Attributes to Send as Headers> property, this property indicates the Character Encoding to use for serializing the headers.
Security Protocolsecurity.protocolPLAINTEXT
  • SSL
Security protocol used to communicate with brokers. Corresponds to Kafka Client security.protocol property
Kerberos Credentials Servicekerberos-credentials-serviceController Service API:
Implementation: KeytabCredentialsService
Service supporting generalized credentials authentication with Kerberos
Kerberos Service Namesasl.kerberos.service.nameThe service name that matches the primary name of the Kafka server configured in the broker JAAS configuration
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)
Kerberos Principalsasl.kerberos.principalPrincipal used for authentication with Kerberos
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)
Kerberos Keytabsasl.kerberos.keytabKeytab credentials used for authentication with Kerberos

This property requires exactly one file to be provided..

Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)
SSL Context Servicessl.context.serviceController Service API:
Implementations: StandardSSLContextService
Service supporting SSL communication with Kafka brokers
Message Key Fieldmessage-key-fieldThe name of a field in the Input Records that should be used as the Key for the Kafka message.
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using flow file attributes and variable registry)
Max Request Sizemax.request.size1 MBThe maximum size of a request in bytes. Corresponds to Kafka's 'max.request.size' property and defaults to 1 MB (1048576).
Acknowledgment Wait Timeack.wait.time5 secsAfter sending a message to Kafka, this indicates the amount of time that we are willing to wait for a response from Kafka. If Kafka does not acknowledge the message within this time period, the FlowFile will be routed to 'failure'.
Max Metadata Wait Timemax.block.ms5 secThe amount of time publisher will wait to obtain metadata or wait for the buffer to flush during the 'send' call before failing the entire 'send' call. Corresponds to Kafka's '' property
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)
Partitioner classpartitioner.classDefaultPartitioner
  • RoundRobinPartitioner Messages will be assigned partitions in a round-robin fashion, sending the first message to Partition 1, the next Partition to Partition 2, and so on, wrapping as necessary.
  • DefaultPartitioner Messages will be assigned to random partitions.
  • RecordPath Partitioner Interprets the <Partition> property as a RecordPath that will be evaluated against each Record to determine which partition the Record will go to. All Records that have the same value for the given RecordPath will go to the same Partition.
  • Expression Language Partitioner Interprets the <Partition> property as Expression Language that will be evaluated against each FlowFile. This Expression will be evaluated once against the FlowFile, so all Records in a given FlowFile will go to the same partition.
Specifies which class to use to compute a partition id for a message. Corresponds to Kafka's 'partitioner.class' property.
PartitionpartitionSpecifies which Partition Records will go to. How this value is interpreted is dictated by the <Partitioner class> property.
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using flow file attributes and variable registry)
Compression Typecompression.typenone
  • none
  • gzip
  • snappy
  • lz4
This parameter allows you to specify the compression codec for all data generated by this producer.

Dynamic Properties:

Supports Sensitive Dynamic Properties: No

Dynamic Properties allow the user to specify both the name and value of a property.

The name of a Kafka configuration property.The value of a given Kafka configuration property.These properties will be added on the Kafka configuration after loading any provided configuration properties. In the event a dynamic property represents a property that was already set, its value will be ignored and WARN message logged. For the list of available Kafka properties please refer to:
Supports Expression Language: true (will be evaluated using variable registry only)


successFlowFiles for which all content was sent to Kafka.
failureAny FlowFile that cannot be sent to Kafka will be routed to this Relationship

Reads Attributes:

None specified.

Writes Attributes:

msg.countThe number of messages that were sent to Kafka for this FlowFile. This attribute is added only to FlowFiles that are routed to success.

State management:

This component does not store state.


This component is not restricted.

Input requirement:

This component requires an incoming relationship.

System Resource Considerations:

None specified.

See Also:

PublishKafka_1_0, ConsumeKafka_1_0, ConsumeKafkaRecord_1_0