Step by step: Kafka Pub/Sub with Docker and .Net Core

by Carlos Mendible on 08 May 2017 » dotNet, dotNetCore

Last week I attended to a Kafka workshop and this is my attempt to show you a simple Step by step: Kafka Pub/Sub with Docker and .Net Core tutorial.

Let’s start:

1. Create a folder for your new project

Open a command prompt an run

mkdir kafka.pubsub.console
cd kafka.pubsub.console

2. Create a console project

dotnet new console

3. Add the Confluent.Kafka nuget package

Add the Confluent.Kafka nuget package to your project:

dotnet add package Confluent.Kafka -v 0.9.5
dotnet restore

4. Replace the contents of Program.cs

Replace the contents of the Program.cs file with the following code:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Confluent.Kafka;
using Confluent.Kafka.Serialization;

namespace kafka.pubsub.console
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // The Kafka endpoint address
            string kafkaEndpoint = "";

            // The Kafka topic we'll be using
            string kafkaTopic = "testtopic";

            // Create the producer configuration
            var producerConfig = new Dictionary<string, object> { { "bootstrap.servers", kafkaEndpoint } };

            // Create the producer
            using (var producer = new Producer<Null, string>(producerConfig, null, new StringSerializer(Encoding.UTF8)))
                // Send 10 messages to the topic
                for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
                    var message = $"Event {i}";
                    var result = producer.ProduceAsync(kafkaTopic, null, message).GetAwaiter().GetResult();
                    Console.WriteLine($"Event {i} sent on Partition: {result.Partition} with Offset: {result.Offset}");

            // Create the consumer configuration
            var consumerConfig = new Dictionary<string, object>
                { "", "myconsumer" },
                { "bootstrap.servers", kafkaEndpoint },

            // Create the consumer
            using (var consumer = new Consumer<Null, string>(consumerConfig, null, new StringDeserializer(Encoding.UTF8)))
                // Subscribe to the OnMessage event
                consumer.OnMessage += (obj, msg) =>
                    Console.WriteLine($"Received: {msg.Value}");

                // Subscribe to the Kafka topic
                consumer.Subscribe(new List<string>() { kafkaTopic });

                // Handle Cancel Keypress 
                var cancelled = false;
                Console.CancelKeyPress += (_, e) =>
                    e.Cancel = true; // prevent the process from terminating.
                    cancelled = true;

                Console.WriteLine("Ctrl-C to exit.");

                // Poll for messages
                while (!cancelled)

5. Start Kafka with Docker

You’ll need to add the following address range to your docker unsafe registry: Create a docker-compose.yml file with the following contents:

version: '2'
    image: wurstmeister/zookeeper
      - "2181:2181"
    image: wurstmeister/kafka:
      - "9092:9092"
      KAFKA_CREATE_TOPICS: "testtopic:1:1"
      KAFKA_ZOOKEEPER_CONNECT: zookeeper:2181
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock

And run the following command:

docker-compose up

It will take a while but you’ll get a working Kafka installation.

6. Run the program

Run the program and enjoy!

dotnet run

Get the code and related files here:

Hope it helps!