Step 3: Create a client machine - Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka

Step 3: Create a client machine

In the step, you perform two tasks. The first task is to create an Amazon EC2 instance to use as an Apache Kafka client machine. The second task is to install Java and Apache Kafka tools on the machine.

To create a client machine

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. Choose Launch instance.

  3. Choose the first Select button.

  4. Choose Next: Configure Instance Details.

  5. For Network, choose the serverless cluster's virtual private cloud (VPC). This is the VPC based on the Amazon VPC service whose ID you saved after you created the cluster.

  6. For Subnet, choose the subnet whose ID you saved after you created the cluster.

  7. For IAM role, choose msk-serverless-tutorial.

  8. Choose Next: Add Storage.

  9. Choose Next: Add Tags.

  10. Choose Add Tag, then under Key enter Name and under Value enter msk-serverless-tutorial.

  11. Choose Next: Configure Security Group.

  12. Choose the button labeled Select an existing security group.

  13. In the list of security groups, select the security group associated with the cluster. This works if that security group has an inbound rule that allows traffic from the security group to itself. Such a rule allows members of the same security group to communicate with each other. For more information, see Security group rules in the Amazon VPC Developer Guide.

  14. Choose Review and Launch and then choose Launch.

  15. Choose an existing key pair, or create a new key pair.

  16. Choose Launch Instances, and then choose View Instances.

  17. Choose the check box in the row that represents this newly created Amazon EC2 instance. From this point forward, we call this instance the client machine.

  18. Choose Connect and follow the instructions to connect to the client machine.

To set up Apache Kafka client tools on the client machine

  1. To install Java, run the following command on the client machine:

    sudo yum -y install java-11
  2. To get the Apache Kafka tools that we need to create topics and send data, run the following commands:

    tar -xzf kafka_2.12-2.8.1.tgz
  3. Go to the kafka_2.12-2.8.1/libs directory, then run the following command to download the Amazon MSK IAM JAR file. The Amazon MSK IAM JAR makes it possible for the client machine to access the cluster.

  4. Go to the kafka_2.12-2.8.1/bin directory. Copy the following property settings and paste them into a new file. Name the file and save it.

    security.protocol=SASL_SSL sasl.mechanism=AWS_MSK_IAM required;

Next Step

Step 4: Create an Apache Kafka topic