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A simple healthcheck wrapper to monitor Kafka Connect.

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A simple healthcheck wrapper to monitor Kafka Connect.

Kafka Connect Healthcheck is a server that wraps the Kafka Connect API and provides a singular API endpoint to determine the health of a Kafka Connect instance. This can be used to alert or take action on unhealthy connectors and tasks.

This can be used in numerous ways. It can sit as a standalone service for monitoring purposes, it can be used as a sidecar container to mark Kafka Connect workers as unhealthy in Kubernetes, or it can be used to provide logs of when connectors/tasks failed and reasons for their failures.

By default, the root endpoint / will return 200 OK healthy if all connectors and tasks are in a state other than FAILED. It will return 503 Service Unavailable if any connector or tasks are in a FAILED state.


Kafka Connect Healthcheck can be installed as a command-line tool through pip or it can be used as a standalone Docker container. It could also be installed as a part of a custom Kafka Connect docker image.


To use kafka-connect-healthcheck from the command-line, you must have python and pip installed. Currently, only Python 3 is supported.

You can install kafka-connect-healthcheck via pip:

pip install kafka-connect-healthcheck

To start the healthcheck server, run:


The server will now be running on localhost:18083.


The kafka-connect-healthcheck image can be found on Docker Hub.

You can pull down the latest image by running:

docker pull devshawn/kafka-connect-healthcheck

To start the healthcheck server, run:

docker run --rm -it -p 18083:18083 devshawn/kafka-connect-healthcheck

The server will now be running on localhost:18083.


Kafka Connect Healthcheck can be configured via command-line arguments or by environment variables.


The port for the kafka-connect-healthcheck API.

Usage Value
Environment Variable HEALTHCHECK_PORT
Command-Line Argument --port
Default Value 18083

Connect URL

The full URL of the Kafka Connect REST API. This is used to determine the health of the connect instance.

Usage Value
Command-Line Argument --connect-url
Default Value http://localhost:8083

Connect Worker ID

The worker ID to monitor (usually the IP address of the connect worker). If none is set, all workers will be monitored and any failure will result in an unhealthy response.

Usage Value
Command-Line Argument --connect-worker-id
Default Value None (all workers monitored)

Note: It is highly recommended to run an instance of the healthcheck for each worker if you're planning to restart containers based on the health.

Unhealthy States

A comma-separated list of connector and tasks states to be marked as unhealthy.

Usage Value
Command-Line Argument --unhealthy-states
Default Value FAILED

Note: It's recommended to keep this defaulted to FAILED, but paused connectors or tasks can be marked as unhealthy by passing FAILED,PAUSED.

Log Level

The level of logs to be shown by the application.

Usage Value
Environment Variable HEALTHCHECK_LOG_LEVEL
Command-Line Argument --log-level
Default Value INFO

All healthy connector and task statuses are logged at INFO. Unhealthy ones are logged at WARNING. Any communication or HTTP errors are logged at ERROR.


The server provides a very simple HTTP API which can be used for liveness probes and monitoring alerts. We expose two endpoints:


Get the current health status of the Kafka Connect system. This could be used as a sidecar to determine the health of each Kafka Connect worker and their associated connectors and tasks.

Example Request

curl http://localhost:18083

Example Healthy Response

200 OK

    "failures": [],
    "failure_states": [
    "healthy": true

Example Unhealthy Response

503 Service Unavailable

    "failures": [
            "type": "connector",
            "connector": "jdbc-source",
            "state": "FAILED",
            "worker_id": ""
            "type": "task",
            "connector": "jdbc-source",
            "id": 0,
            "state": "FAILED",
            "worker_id": "",
            "trace": "..."
    "failure_states": [
    "healthy": false

GET /ping

Get the current health status of the healthcheck server. This will always be successful as long as the server is still able to serve requests. This can be used as a ready or liveness probe in Kubernetes.

Example Request

curl http://localhost:18083/ping

Example Response

200 OK

    "status": "UP"


Copyright (c) 2019 Shawn Seymour.

Licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

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