How to install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 14.04

Install JRE:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install default-jre

Install Zoo Keeper:

sudo apt-get install zookeeperd

Restrict it to only localhost:

sudo vim /etc/zookeeper/conf/zoo.cfg

And fix line:


And apply changes:

sudo service zookeeper restart

Then we need to download pre-compiled Kafka binaries and install them.

wget '' -Okafka_2.11-2.2.0.tgz
sudo tar -xf kafka_2.11-2.2.0.tgz -C /opt
cd /opt/kafka_2.11-2.2.0/

Create user for Kafka:

sudo useradd kafka -m

Change permissions:

sudo chown -R kafka:kafka /opt/kafka_2.11-2.2.0/

Create folder for kafka logs:

sudo mkdir /tmp/kafka-logs
sudo chown kafka:kafka /tmp/kafka-logs

Move configuration to proper place:

sudo mkdir /etc/kafka
sudo cp config/ /etc/kafka

Create Kafka Upstart script:

sudo vim /etc/init/kafka.conf

With following content:

description "Kafka Broker"
start on runlevel [2345]
stop on starting rc RUNLEVEL=[016]
respawn limit 2 5
env HOME=/etc/kafka
env KAFKA_HOME=/opt/kafka_2.11-2.2.0/
umask 007
kill timeout 300
pre-start script
#Sanity checks
[ -r $HOME/ ]
end script
setuid kafka
setgid kafka
exec $KAFKA_HOME/bin/ $HOME/

And finally start Kafka:

sudo service kafka start