Does Kafka python API support stream processing?

Does Kafka python API support stream processing?

Kafka Streams is only available as a JVM library, but there are at least two Python implementations of it

In theory, you could try playing with Jython or Py4j to work with the JVM implementation, but probably would require more work than necessary.

Outside of those options, you can also try Apache Beam, Flink or Spark, but they each require an external cluster scheduler to scale out (and also require a Java installation).

If you are okay with HTTP methods, then running a KSQLDB instance (again, requiring Java for that server) and invoking its REST interface from Python with the built-in SQL functions can work. However, building your own functions there will requiring writing Java code, last I checked.

If none of those options are suitable, then youre stuck with the basic consumer/producer methods.

If you are using Apache Spark, you can use it as producer and as consumer. No need to rely on 3rd part libraries like Faust, but you will need a Spark cluster manager (Standalone, YARN, or Kubernetes to scale it out)

To consume Kafka data streams in Spark, use the Structured Streaming + Kafka Integration Guide.

Keep in mind that you will have to append spark-sql-kafka package when using spark-submit:

spark-submit --packages org.apache.spark:spark-sql-kafka-0-10_2.12:3.0.1

This solution has been tested with Spark 3.0.1 and Kafka 2.7.0 with PySpark.

This resource can also be useful.

Does Kafka python API support stream processing?

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