tl;dr Use curl to pull data from the Mockaroo REST endpoint, and pipe it into kafkacat, thus:
curl -s "https://api.mockaroo.com/api/d5a195e0?count=2&key=ff7856d0"| \ kafkacat -b localhost:9092 -t purchases -P Three things I love…Kafka, kafkacat, and Mockaroo. And in this post I get to show all three 😁
Mockaroo is a very cool online service that lets you quickly mock up test data. What sets it apart from SELECT RANDOM(100) FROM DUMMY; is that it has lots of different classes of test data for you to choose from.