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Friday, January 10, 2014

Building Kafka 0.8.0 from sources on Windows

Prerequisites – Java JDK

Although Kafka is written in Scala, you do not need to install it. Only Java JDK is required.

Download Java JDK:

Install it and make sure you update the PATH environment variable according to instructions:

Get the source

Do either the Clone-and-Checkout step or the Download step:



.\sbt.bat update
.\sbt.bat package
.\sbt.bat assembly-package-dependency

Update the bat files

Unfortunately the bat files for Kafka 0.8.0 are full of errors, so in order to start Zookeeper and Kafka they must be replaced. See Step 1, Update the bat files.

Update config for Windows

Update the config files according to Step 1, Update Config.


To run, see Step 2, Start the server.


See Running Kafka 0.8.0 on Windows for more info on how to set up and run Kafka using the binary distribution.

1 comment:

  1. Nice walkthrough Håkan!
    Since I'm sitting behind proxy I had to change sbt.bat with:
    java -Dhttp.proxyHost=proxy_ip -Dhttp.proxyPort=8080 -Dhttps.proxyHost=proxy_ip -Dhttps.proxyPort=8080 ...