Managing Kafka

The DC/OS Apache Kafka service provides a robust API (accessible by HTTP or DC/OS CLI) for managing, repairing, and monitoring the service. Here, only the CLI version is presented for conciseness, but see the API Reference for HTTP instructions.

Plan Operations

An instance of the DC/OS Apache Kafka service is ultimately a set of plans (how to run the service) and a set of pods (what to run). The service is driven primarily by two plans, deploy and recovery.

The deploy plan is used during initial installation, as well as during configuration and service updates. The recovery plan is an always-running plan that ensures that the pods and tasks that should be running, stay running. Other plans (“sidecars”) are used for secondary operations.

Every plan is made up of a set of phases, each of which consists of one or more steps.

Listing plans

A list of plans can be retrieved using the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan list

Inspecting a plan

View the current status of a plan using the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan status <plan-name>

For example, the status of the completed deploy plan of the service will be:

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan status deploy
deploy (serial strategy) (COMPLETE)
└─ broker (serial strategy) (COMPLETE)
   ├─ kafka-0:[broker] (COMPLETE)
   ├─ kafka-1:[broker] (COMPLETE)
   └─ kafka-2:[broker] (COMPLETE)

NOTE: Passing the --json flag to the status command will return a JSON response which has UUIDs for the phases and steps of a plan. These UUIDs can be useful in the other plan commands.

Operating on a plan


Start a plan with the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan start <plan-name>


Pauses the plan, or a specific phase in that plan with the provided phase name (or UUID).

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan pause <plan (required)> <phase (optional)>


Stops the running plan with the provided name.

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan stop <plan>

Plan Stop differs from Plan Pause in the following ways:

  • Pause can be issued for a specific phase or for all phases within a plan. Stop can only be issued for a plan.
  • Pause updates the underlying Phase/Step state. Stop both ceases execution and of the plan and resets the plan to its initial pending state.


Resumes the plan, or a specific phase in that plan, with the provided phase name (or UUID).

dcos kafka --name=kafka plan resume <plan (required)> <phase (optional)>


Restarts the specified step, phase if no step is specified, or plan if no phase is specified.

dcos kafka --name=kafka force-restart <plan (required)> <phase (optional)> <step (optional)>


Force completes a specific step in the provided phase of the plan. From the CLI it is only possible to force complete a step. The HTTP API supports force completing on phases and plans in their entirety.

dcos kafka --name=kafka force-complete <plan (required)> <phase (required)> <step (required)>

Pod Operations

A deployed instance of the DC/OS Apache Kafka service is made up of a set of running pods. Using the pod API, it is possible to manage the lifecycle of these pods as well as investigate failures of the pods and their tasks.

NOTE: Managing pod count is done via the service configuration and does not have a direct API.


To list all the pods of the service run the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka pod list


To view the status of all pods or optionally just one pod run the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka pod status <pod-name (optional)>

This will show any status overrides for pods and their tasks.


To restart a pod in place, use the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka pod restart <pod-name>

This will kill the tasks of the pod, and relaunch them in-place. The progress of the restart can be monitored by watching the recovery plan of the service.


Replace should be used only when the current instance of the pod should be completely destroyed. All persistent data (read: volumes) of the pod will be destroyed. Replace should be used when a DC/OS agent is being removed, is permanently down, or pod placement constraints need to be updated.

Issue a replace by running the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka pod replace <pod-name>


Pausing a pod relaunches it in an idle command state. This allows you to debug the contents of the pod, possibly making changes to fix problems, while still having access to all the context of the pod (such as volumes)

Using pause and dcos task exec is a very powerful debugging tool. To pause a pod use the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka debug pod pause <pod-name>

To pause a specific task of a pod append the -t <task-name> flag,

dcos kafka --name=kafka debug pod pause <pod-name> -t <task-name>

Use the pod status command to check what tasks and pods are in an overridden state.


To resume a paused pod or task use the CLI command:

dcos kafka --name=kafka debug pod resume <pod-name> [-t <task-name>]

Check the pod status command to verify that the pod (or task) has properly resumed.

Service Metrics

The DC/OS Apache Kafka service pushes metrics into the DC/OS metrics system. Details on consuming them can be found at the documentation on the DC/OS metrics system.


DC/OS has three ways to access service scheduler and service task logs.

  1. Via the DC/OS GUI
  2. Via the Mesos GUI
  3. Via the DC/OS CLI


A service’s logs are accessed by selecting the service in the Services tab. Both the service scheduler and service tasks are displayed side by side in this view. To view the tasks sandbox (files) as well as its stdout and stderr, click on a task.

Mesos GUI

The Mesos GUI provides similar access as that of the DC/OS UI, but the service scheduler is separate from the service tasks. The service tasks can all be found in the Frameworks tab under the framework with the same name as the service. The service scheduler can be found in the Marathon framework, it will be a task with the same name as the service.

Access both the files and logs of a service by clicking on its sandbox link.

contents of a scheduler sandbox

Figure 1 - Scheduler sandbox


The dcos task log subcommand allows you to pull logs from multiple tasks at the same time. The dcos task log <task-pattern> command will fetch logs for all tasks matching the prefix pattern. See the help of the subcommand for full details of the command.

Mesos Agent logs

Occasionally, it can also be useful to examine what a given Mesos agent is doing. The Mesos Agent handles deployment of Mesos tasks to a given physical system in the cluster. One Mesos Agent runs on each system. These logs can be useful for determining if there is a problem at the system level that is causing alerts across multiple services on that system.

Mesos agent logs can be accessed via the Mesos GUI or directly on the agent. The GUI method is described here.

Navigate to the agent you want to view either directly from a task by clicking the “Agent” item in the breadcrumb when viewing a task (this will go directly to the agent hosting the task), or by navigating through the “Agents” menu item at the top of the screen (you will need to select the desired agent from the list).

In the Agent view, you will see a list of frameworks with a presence on that Agent. In the left pane you will see a plain link named “LOG”. Click that link to view the agent logs.

view of tasks running on a given agent

Figure 2 - List of frameworks