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Managing Clusters

Pulsar clusters consist of one or more Pulsar brokers, one or more BookKeeper servers (aka bookies), and a ZooKeeper cluster that provides configuration and coordination management.

Clusters can be managed via:

Clusters resources


New clusters can be provisioned using the admin interface.

Please note that this operation requires superuser privileges.

You can provision a new cluster using the create subcommand. Here's an example:

$ pulsar-admin clusters create cluster-1 \
--url \
--broker-url pulsar://

Initialize cluster metadata

When provision a new cluster, you need to initialize that cluster's metadata. When initializing cluster metadata, you need to specify all of the following:

  • The name of the cluster
  • The local ZooKeeper connection string for the cluster
  • The configuration store connection string for the entire instance
  • The web service URL for the cluster
  • A broker service URL enabling interaction with the brokers in the cluster

You must initialize cluster metadata before starting up any brokers that will belong to the cluster.

No cluster metadata initialization through the REST API or the Java admin API

Unlike most other admin functions in Pulsar, cluster metadata initialization cannot be performed via the admin REST API or the admin Java client, as metadata initialization involves communicating with ZooKeeper directly. Instead, you can use the pulsar CLI tool, in particular the initialize-cluster-metadata command.

Here's an example cluster metadata initialization command:

bin/pulsar initialize-cluster-metadata \
--cluster us-west \
--zookeeper \
--configuration-store \
--web-service-url \
--web-service-url-tls \
--broker-service-url pulsar:// \
--broker-service-url-tls pulsar+ssl://

You'll need to use --*-tls flags only if you're using TLS authentication in your instance.

Get configuration

You can fetch the configuration for an existing cluster at any time.

Use the get subcommand and specify the name of the cluster. Here's an example:

$ pulsar-admin clusters get cluster-1
"serviceUrl": "",
"serviceUrlTls": null,
"brokerServiceUrl": "pulsar://",
"brokerServiceUrlTls": null
"peerClusterNames": null


You can update the configuration for an existing cluster at any time.

Use the update subcommand and specify new configuration values using flags.

$ pulsar-admin clusters update cluster-1 \
--url \
--broker-url pulsar://


Clusters can be deleted from a Pulsar instance.

Use the delete subcommand and specify the name of the cluster.

$ pulsar-admin clusters delete cluster-1


You can fetch a list of all clusters in a Pulsar instance.

Use the list subcommand.

$ pulsar-admin clusters list

Update peer-cluster data

Peer clusters can be configured for a given cluster in a Pulsar instance.

Use the update-peer-clusters subcommand and specify the list of peer-cluster names.

$ pulsar-admin update-peer-clusters cluster-1 --peer-clusters cluster-2