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Using kafkajs with AWS MSK on a nodejs lambda function

To use the kafkajs package for communicating with AWS MSK (Managed Streaming for Kafka) on a Lambda function, you would need to follow these general steps:

Step 1: Set up AWS MSK

  • Create an AWS MSK cluster in the AWS Management Console.
  • Note down the bootstrap servers, which are the endpoints that you will use to communicate with your Kafka cluster.

Step 2: Set up your Lambda function

  • Create a Lambda function in the AWS Management Console, or using the AWS CLI or SDKs.
  • Set up the necessary IAM role for the Lambda function to have the appropriate permissions to interact with AWS MSK. This may include permissions to access the VPC, Subnet, Security Group, and AWS MSK cluster.

Step 3: Install kafkajs package

  • In your Lambda function, install the kafkajs package using a package manager like npm or yarn. For example, you can run npm install kafkajs to install the kafkajs package.

Step 4: Use kafkajs in your Lambda function

  • Require the kafkajs package in your Lambda function code.
  • Create a Kafka instance with the appropriate configuration, including the bootstrap servers, SSL configuration (if needed), and authentication (if needed). For example:
const { Kafka } = require('kafkajs');

const kafka = new Kafka({
  clientId: 'my-lambda-client',
  brokers: ['<YOUR_BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS>'],
  ssl: true,
  sasl: {
    mechanism: 'plain',
    username: '<YOUR_USERNAME>',
    password: '<YOUR_PASSWORD>',
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  • Use the kafka instance to produce and consume messages to and from your Kafka topics. For example:
// Produce a message
const producer = kafka.producer();
await producer.connect();
await producer.send({
  topic: 'my-topic',
  messages: [{ value: 'Hello, Kafka!' }],
await producer.disconnect();

// Consume messages
const consumer = kafka.consumer({ groupId: 'my-group' });
await consumer.connect();
await consumer.subscribe({ topic: 'my-topic' });
  eachMessage: async ({ topic, partition, message }) => {
      key: message.key.toString(),
      value: message.value.toString(),
      headers: message.headers,
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Note: The above code snippets are just a basic example and may need to be modified based on your specific use case and requirements.

Step 5: Deploy and test your Lambda function

  • Deploy your Lambda function with the kafkajs package and its dependencies.
  • Test your Lambda function to produce and consume messages to and from your Kafka topics using the kafkajs package.

That's it! You have now set up kafkajs in a Lambda function to communicate with AWS MSK. Remember to configure your Lambda function, VPC, and security groups properly to allow communication with AWS MSK and ensure the necessary permissions are set up correctly.

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