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Opinionated Kafka Python client on top of Confluent python library

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kafkian is a opinionated a high-level consumer and producer on top of confluent-kafka-python/librdkafka and partially inspired by confluent_kafka_helpers. It is intended for use primarily in CQRS/EventSourced systems when usage is mostly limited to producing and consuming encoded messages.

kafkian partially mimics Kafka JAVA API, partially is more pythonic, partially just like the maintainer likes it.

Instead of configuring all the things via properties, most of the things are planned to be configured explicitely and, wneh possible, via dependency injection for easier testing. The configuration dictionaries for both producer and consumer are passed-through directly to underlying confluent producer and consumer, hidden behind a facade.

The library provides a base serializer and deserializer classes, as well as their specialized Avro subclasses, AvroSerializer and AvroDeserializer. This allows having, say, a plain string key and and avro-encoded message, or vice versa. Quite often an avro-encoded string is used as a key, for this purpose we provide AvroStringKeySerializer.

Unlike the Confluent library, we support supplying the specific Avro schema together with the message, just like the Kafka JAVA API. Schemas could be automatically registered with schema registry, also we provide three SubjectNameStrategy, again compatible with Kafka JAVA API.


Producing messages

1. Initialize the producer

from kafkian import Producer
from kafkian.serde.serialization import AvroSerializer, AvroStringKeySerializer, SubjectNameStrategy

producer = Producer(
        'bootstrap.servers': config.KAFKA_BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS,

2. Define your message schema(s)

from confluent_kafka import avro
from kafkian.serde.avroserdebase import AvroRecord

value_schema_str = """
   "namespace": "auth.users",
   "name": "UserCreated",
   "type": "record",
   "fields" : [
       "name" : "uuid",
       "type" : "string"
       "name" : "name",
       "type" : "string"
        "name": "timestamp",
        "type": {
            "type": "long",
            "logicalType": "timestamp-millis"

class UserCreated(AvroRecord):
    _schema = avro.loads(value_schema_str)

3. Produce the message

        "uuid": user.uuid,
        "timestamp": int(user.timestamp.timestamp() * 1000)

Consuming messages

1. Initialize the consumer

    'bootstrap.servers': config.KAFKA_BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS,
    'default.topic.config': {
        'auto.offset.reset': 'latest',
    '': 'notifications'

consumer = Consumer(

2. Consume the messages via the generator

for message in consumer:

Here, message is an instance of Message class, that wraps the original message exposed by the confluent-kafka-python, and you can access the decoded key and value via .key and .value properties respectively.

Notice that deserialization will happen on first access of the properties, so you can properly handle deserialization errors (log it, send to DLQ, etc)

Both key and value are wrapped in a dynamically-generated class, that has the full name same as the corresponding Avro schema full name. In the example above, the value would have class named auth.users.UserCreated.

Avro schemas for the consumed message key and value are accessible via .schema property.

In addition, topic, partition, offset, timestamp, headers properties are available.


This library is, as stated, quite opinionated, however, I'm open to suggestions. Write your questions and suggestions as issues here on github!

Running tests

Both unit and system tests are provided.

To run unit-tests, install the requirements and just run

py.test tests/unit/

To run system tests, a Kafka cluster together with a schema registry is required. A Docker compose file is provided, just run

docker-compose up

and once the cluster is up and running, run system tests via

py.test tests/system/

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