Query Kafka Data in MySQL Workbench

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Create a virtual MySQL database for Kafka data in CData Connect (or Connect Cloud) and work with live Kafka data in MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench allows users to administer MySQL environments and gain better visibility into databases. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or Connect Cloud), you get live access to Kafka data as if it were a MySQL database. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Kafka in Connect and work with live Kafka data in MySQL Workbench.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Kafka Data

CData Connect uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect and click Databases.
  2. Select "Kafka" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Kafka.

    Set BootstrapServers and the Topic properties to specify the address of your Apache Kafka server, as well as the topic you would like to interact with.

    Authorization Mechanisms

    • SASL Plain: The User and Password properties should be specified. AuthScheme should be set to 'Plain'.
    • SASL SSL: The User and Password properties should be specified. AuthScheme should be set to 'Scram'. UseSSL should be set to true.
    • SSL: The SSLCert and SSLCertPassword properties should be specified. UseSSL should be set to true.
    • Kerberos: The User and Password properties should be specified. AuthScheme should be set to 'Kerberos'.

    You may be required to trust the server certificate. In such cases, specify the TrustStorePath and the TrustStorePassword if necessary.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Kafka from MySQL Workbench.

Query Kafka from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Kafka database in Connect from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Kafka data.

Connect to Kafka through Connect

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData Connect).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query Kafka Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData Connect).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Kafka data, like SELECT * FROM kafkadb.SampleTable_1;

With access to live Kafka data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Kafka, just like you would a MySQL database. Request a demo of the CData Connect and start working with Kafka as a cloud-based MySQL database today.