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Apache Camel + Kafka Hello World Example

In this post we will integrate Apache Camel and Apache Kafka instance.
In a previous post we had seen how to get Apache Kafka up and running.

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This tutorial is explained in the below Youtube Video.

Lets Begin

We will create Eclipse maven project as follows-

Apache Camel Kafka Integration Tutorial
Our pom file will be as follows-
<project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""

Define the route.
package com.javainuse;

import org.apache.camel.builder.RouteBuilder;

public class SimpleRouteBuilder extends RouteBuilder {

	public void configure() throws Exception {

		String topicName = "topic=javainuse-topic";
		String kafkaServer = "kafka:localhost:9092";
		String zooKeeperHost = "zookeeperHost=localhost&zookeeperPort=2181";
		String serializerClass = "serializerClass=kafka.serializer.StringEncoder";

		String toKafka = new StringBuilder().append(kafkaServer).append("?").append(topicName).append("&")

When Camel is started, it creates a CamelContext object that contains the definition of the Route to be started. Below we create default camel context and load the routes created in SimpleRouteBuilder.
package com.javainuse;

import org.apache.camel.CamelContext;
import org.apache.camel.impl.DefaultCamelContext;

public class MainApp {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SimpleRouteBuilder routeBuilder = new SimpleRouteBuilder();
        CamelContext ctx = new DefaultCamelContext();
        try {
            Thread.sleep(5 * 60 * 1000);
        catch (Exception e) {


We are done with the required Java code. Now lets start Apache Kafka. As we had explained in detail in the Getting started with Apache Kafka perform the following.
  • Start Apache Zookeper-
    C:\kafka_2.12->.\bin\windows\zookeeper-server-start.bat .\config\

  • Start Apache Kafka-
    C:\kafka_2.12->.\bin\windows\kafka-server-start.bat .\config\

  • Open a new command prompt and create a topic with name javainuse-topic, that has only one partition & one replica.
    C:\kafka_2.12->.\bin\windows\kafka-topics.bat --create --zookeeper localhost:2181 --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic javainuse-topic

  • Also Start the consumer listening to the javainuse-topic-
    C:\kafka_2.12->.\bin\windows\kafka-console-consumer.bat --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --topic javainuse-topic --from-beginning
  • In C:/inbox folder we have a file with following content-
    Next start the Apache Camel Application by running it as a Java Application. The above file content will be sent to split line by line and sent to kafka.
    Apache Camel Kafka Integration Example

Download Source Code

Download it - Apache Camel Kafka Example

See Also

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