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Hands On: Loading Data from MySQL into Kafka with Kafka Connect

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Tim Berglund

VP Developer Relations

Robin Moffatt

Robin Moffatt

Principal Developer Advocate (Author)

Hands On: Loading Data from MySQL into Kafka with Kafka Connect

In this exercise, we’ll ingest information about the customers who are writing the rating messages created in the previous exercise. The customer data is held in a MySQL database.

View Customer Data in MySQL

  1. You should have created and populated a MySQL database in the first exercise. If you didn’t, please return to that step and complete it before proceeding.

    Remember that the MySQL database needs to be accessible from the internet.

  2. Connect to MySQL and check that the customer data is present:

    mysql> SELECT first_name, last_name, email, club_status 
             FROM demo.CUSTOMERS 
             LIMIT 5;
    | first_name  | last_name  | email                  | club_status |
    | Rica        | Blaisdell  | | bronze      |
    | Ruthie      | Brockherst |     | platinum    |
    | Mariejeanne | Cocci      | | bronze      |
    | Hashim      | Rumke      |       | platinum    |
    | Hansiain    | Coda       |      | platinum    |
    5 rows in set (0.24 sec)

    If necessary, return to the first exercise to populate the data into your database.

Create a Topic for Customer Data

Whilst the MySQL connector can create the target topic for the data that it ingests, we need to create it with certain configuration properties and therefore will create it explicitly first. This is in general a good practice anyway.

From the "Topics" screen of your Confluent Cloud cluster, click on Add topic.

Name the topics mysql01.demo.CUSTOMERS and ensure that "Number of partitions" is set to "6."

Click on Customize settings and then under Storage set the Cleanup policy to Compact.

Creating a new customers topic

Click on Save & create.

Create the MySQL connector

  1. From the "Connectors" page in Confluent Cloud, click on Add connector and search for the "MySQL CDC Source" connector.

    Searching for the MySQL CDC connector on Confluent Cloud

    Click on the connector to add it.


    Make sure you select the MySQL CDC Source and not the similarly named "MySQL Source" connector.

  2. Configure the connector like so:

    Kafka Cluster credentials

    Kafka API Key

    Use the same API details as you created for the Datagen connector above. You can create a new API key if necessary, but API key numbers are limited so for the purposes of this exercise only it’s best to re-use if you can.

    Kafka API Secret

    How should we connect to your database?

    Database hostname

    These values will depend on where your database is and how you have configured it. The database needs to be open to inbound connections from the internet.

    Database port

    Database username

    Database password

    Database server name


    SSL mode


    Database details

    Tables included


    Snapshot mode


    Output messages

    Output message format


    After-state only


    Number of tasks for this connector



  3. Click Next. Connectivity to the database will be validated and if successful you’ll see a summary screen of configuration. The JSON should look like this:

      "name": "MySqlCdcSourceConnector_0",
      "config": {
        "connector.class": "MySqlCdcSource",
        "name": "MySqlCdcSourceConnector_0",
        "kafka.api.key": "****************",
        "kafka.api.secret": "**************************",
        "database.hostname": "",
        "database.port": "3306",
        "database.user": "admin",
        "database.password": "********************",
        "": "mysql01",
        "database.ssl.mode": "preferred",
        "table.include.list": "demo.CUSTOMERS",
        "snapshot.mode": "when_needed",
        "": "AVRO",
        "after.state.only": "true",
        "tasks.max": "1"

    Click on Launch.

  4. After a few moments, the connector will be provisioned and shortly thereafter you should see that it is "Running" (alongside the existing Datagen connector that you created in the previous exercise):

    Both connectors running)

  5. From the "Topics" list, click on mysql01.demo.CUSTOMERS and then Messages. Because there is currently only a static set of data in MySQL, there is not a stream of new messages arriving on the topic to view.

    Click on offset, enter "0," and select the first option on the list.

    Resetting the offset on the topic

    You should then see messages present on the topic.

    Messages on the customers topic

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