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Kafka in Docker

This repository provides everything you need to run Kafka in Docker.


The main hurdle of running Kafka in Docker is that it depends on Zookeeper.
Compared to other Kafka docker images, this one runs both Zookeeper and Kafka
in the same container. This means:

  • No dependency on an external Zookeeper host, or linking to another container
  • Zookeeper and Kafka are configured to work together out of the box


docker run -p 2181:2181 -p 9092:9092 --env ADVERTISED_HOST=`boot2docker ip` --env ADVERTISED_PORT=9092 spotify/kafka
export KAFKA=`boot2docker ip`:9092 --broker-list $KAFKA --topic test
export ZOOKEEPER=`boot2docker ip`:2181 --zookeeper $ZOOKEEPER --topic test

In the box

  • spotify/kafka

    The docker image with both Kafka and Zookeeper. Built from the kafka

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docker build -t spotify/kafka kafka/


  • Not particularily optimzed for startup time.
  • Better docs
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