kafkacat is one of my go-to tools when working with Kafka. It’s a producer and consumer, but also a swiss-army knife of debugging and troubleshooting capabilities. So when I built a new Fedora server recently, I needed to get it installed. Unfortunately there’s no pre-packed install available on yum, so here’s how to do it manually.
Pre-requisite installs We’ll need some packages from the Confluent repo so set this up for yum first by creating /etc/yum.