Self-managed Kafka cluster

Using LocalStack Lambda with a self-managed Kafka cluster

LocalStack Pro supports AWS Managed Streaming for Kafka (MSK) and you can create Kafka clusters directly through the MSK API that will run in LocalStack. In some cases, you may want to run your own self-managed Kafka cluster and integrate it with your applications, like triggering Lambdas from a Kafka stream running in your own cluster. The Lambda integration with self-managed Kafka clusters is also a LocalStack Pro feature.

Running self-managed Kafka

You can find the example Docker Compose file which contains a single-noded ZooKeeper and a Kafka cluster and a simple LocalStack setup as well as Kowl, an Apache Kafka Web UI.

  1. Run Docker Compose:
$ docker-compose up -d
  1. Create the Lambda function:
$ awslocal lambda create-function \
    --function-name fun1 \
    --handler lambda.handler \
    --runtime python3.8 \
    --role arn:aws:iam::000000000000:role/lambda-role \
    --zip-file fileb://
    "FunctionName": "fun1",
    "FunctionArn": "arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:000000000000:function:fun1",
    "Runtime": "python3.8",
    "Role": "arn:aws:iam::000000000000:role/lambda-role",
    "Handler": "lambda.handler",
    "CodeSize": 294,
    "Description": "",
    "Timeout": 3,
    "LastModified": "2021-05-19T02:01:06.617+0000",
    "CodeSha256": "/GPsiNXaq4tBA4QpxPCwgpeVfP7j+1tTH6zdkJ3jiU4=",
    "Version": "$LATEST",
    "VpcConfig": {},
    "TracingConfig": {
        "Mode": "PassThrough"
    "RevisionId": "d85469d2-8558-4d75-bc0e-5926f373e12c",
    "State": "Active",
    "LastUpdateStatus": "Successful",
    "PackageType": "Zip"
  1. Create an example secret:
$ awslocal secretsmanager create-secret --name localstack
    "ARN": "arn:aws:secretsmanager:us-east-1:000000000000:secret:localstack-TDIuI",
    "Name": "localstack",
    "VersionId": "32bbb8e2-46ee-4322-b3d5-b6459d54513b"
  1. Create an example Kafka topic:
$ docker exec -ti kafka kafka-topics --zookeeper zookeeper:2181 --create --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic t1
Created topic t1.
  1. Create the event source mapping to your local kafka cluster:
$ awslocal lambda create-event-source-mapping \
    --topics t1 \
    --source-access-configuration Type=SASL_SCRAM_512_AUTH,URI=arn:aws:secretsmanager:us-east-1:000000000000:secret:localstack-TDIuI \
    --function-name arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:000000000000:function:fun1 \
    --self-managed-event-source '{"Endpoints":{"KAFKA_BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS":["localhost:9092"]}}'
    "UUID": "4a2b0ea6-960c-4847-8684-465876dd6dbd",
    "BatchSize": 100,
    "FunctionArn": "arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:000000000000:function:fun1",
    "LastModified": "2021-05-19T04:02:49+02:00",
    "LastProcessingResult": "OK",
    "State": "Enabled",
    "StateTransitionReason": "User action",
    "Topics": [
    "SourceAccessConfigurations": [
            "Type": "SASL_SCRAM_512_AUTH",
            "URI": "arn:aws:secretsmanager:us-east-1:000000000000:secret:localstack-TDIuI"
    "SelfManagedEventSource": {
        "Endpoints": {
  1. Additionally visit http://localhost:8080 for Kowl’s UI.