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Scylla CDC Source Connector Quickstart


This quickstart will show you how to setup the Scylla CDC Source Connector to replicate changes made in a Scylla table using Scylla CDC.

Scylla setup

First, let’s setup a Scylla cluster and create a CDC-enabled table.

Scylla installation

For the purpose of this quickstart, we will configure a Scylla instance using Docker. You can skip this section if you have already installed Scylla. To learn more about installing Scylla in production environments, please refer to the Install Scylla page.

  1. Using Docker, follow the instructions to launch Scylla.

  2. Start the Docker container, replacing the --name and --host name parameters with your own information. For example:

    docker run --name scylla-cdc-quickstart --hostname scylla-cdc-quickstart -d scylladb/scylla
  3. Run docker ps to show the exposed ports. The output should be similar to this example:

    docker ps
    CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                                            NAMES
    4fca02217055        scylladb/scylla     "/docker-entrypoint.…"   8 seconds ago       Up 7 seconds        22/tcp, 7000-7001/tcp, 9042/tcp, 9160/tcp, 9180/tcp, 10000/tcp   scylla-cdc-quickstart

Creating a CDC-enabled table

Let’s connect to your Scylla cluster and create a new CDC-enabled table. We will create an example table by issuing the following CQL query and insert some example data:

CREATE KEYSPACE quickstart_keyspace WITH REPLICATION = {'class': 'SimpleStrategy', 'replication_factor': 1};

CREATE TABLE quickstart_keyspace.orders(
   customer_id int,
   order_id int,
   product text,
   PRIMARY KEY(customer_id, order_id)) WITH cdc = {'enabled': true};

INSERT INTO quickstart_keyspace.orders(customer_id, order_id, product) VALUES (1, 1, 'pizza');
INSERT INTO quickstart_keyspace.orders(customer_id, order_id, product) VALUES (1, 2, 'cookies');
INSERT INTO quickstart_keyspace.orders(customer_id, order_id, product) VALUES (1, 3, 'tea');

If you already have a table you wish to use, but it does not have CDC enabled, you can turn it on by using the following CQL query:

ALTER TABLE keyspace.table_name with cdc = {'enabled': true};

To learn more about Scylla CDC, visit Change Data Capture (CDC) page.

Kafka setup

Scylla CDC Source Connector works well with both open-source Kafka and Confluent Platform. In this quickstart we will show how to install the Confluent Platform and deploy the connector (applicable to both open-source Kafka and Confluent Platform).

Installing Confluent Platform

If you are new to Confluent, download Confluent Platform.

  1. In the Download Confluent Platform section fill in your email address

  2. Open the Select Deployment Type drop-down and select ZIP

  3. Accept the Terms & Conditions and click DOWNLOAD FREE

  4. You will receive an email with instructions. Download / move the file to the desired location

  5. Continue with the setup following this document

Installing Scylla CDC Source Connector

  1. Download or build Scylla CDC Source Connector using the project build instructions

  2. Deploy the connector:

    1. If you use Confluent Platform, move connector JAR files to the share/java folder

    2. If you use open-source Kafka, make sure that plugin.path of Kafka Connect configuration contains the folder with connector JAR files

Connector configuration

After you have successfully configured Scylla and Kafka, the next step is to configure the connector and start it up.

Configuration using Confluent Control Center

If you use Confluent Platform, the easiest way to configure and start up the Scylla CDC Source Connector is to use Confluent Control Center web interface.

  1. Open the Confluent Control Center. By default, it is started at port 9021:

    Confluent Control Center main page
  2. Click on the cluster you want to start the connector in and open the “Connect” tab:

    Confluent Control Center "Connect" tab
  3. Click on the Kafka Connect cluster:

    Confluent Control Center "connect-default" cluster
  4. Click “Add connector”:

    Confluent Control Center "Add connector"
  5. Click “ScyllaConnector (Source Connector)”:

    Confluent Control Center "ScyllaConnector (Source Connector)"
  6. Configure the connector. You need to fill in these required configuration parameters:

    1. Name: the name of this configuration

    2. Key converter class, value converter class: converters that determine the format of produced messages. You can read more about them at Kafka Connect Deep Dive – Converters and Serialization Explained

    3. Hosts: contact points of Scylla

    4. Namespace: a unique name that identifies the Scylla cluster and that is used as a prefix for all schemas, topics.

    5. Table names: the names of CDC-enabled tables you want to replicate

    For the quickstart example here are the values we will use:

    1. Name: QuickstartConnector

    2. Key converter class, value converter class: org.apache.kafka.connect.json.JsonConverter

    3. Hosts: (Scylla started in Docker)

    4. Namespace: QuickstartConnectorNamespace

    5. Table names: quickstart_keyspace.orders

    Confluent Control Center connector configuration
  7. Click “Continue” and “Launch”

  8. After a short while, a new QuickstartConnectorNamespace.quickstart_keyspace.orders topic will be automatically created and inserted rows will be replicated. You can browse them by going to the “Topics” tab, selecting QuickstartConnectorNamespace.quickstart_keyspace.orders topic, going to “Message” tab and inputting 0 to “Jump to offset” field:

    Confluent Control Center connector messages

Configuration using open-source Kafka

  1. Start Kafka Connect standalone using this guide. You will have to create a file with the following contents:

    name = QuickstartConnector
    connector.class = com.scylladb.cdc.debezium.connector.ScyllaConnector
    key.converter = org.apache.kafka.connect.json.JsonConverter
    value.converter = org.apache.kafka.connect.json.JsonConverter
    scylla.cluster.ip.addresses = = QuickstartConnectorNamespace
    scylla.table.names = quickstart_keyspace.orders
  2. After starting the connector, you can see the generated messages by using kafka-console-consumer tool:

    bin/kafka-console-consumer --bootstrap-server localhost:9092 --topic QuickstartConnectorNamespace.quickstart_keyspace.orders --from-beginning