Single-cluster Pulsar installations should be sufficient for all but the most ambitious use cases. If you are interested in experimenting with Pulsar or using it in a startup or on a single team, you had better opt for a single cluster. For instructions on deploying a single cluster, see the guide here.
If you want to use all builtin Pulsar IO connectors in your Pulsar deployment, you need to download
apache-pulsar-io-connectorspackage and install
connectorsdirectory in the pulsar directory on every broker node or on every function-worker node if you run a separate cluster of function workers for Pulsar Functions.
If you want to use Tiered Storage feature in your Pulsar deployment, you need to download
apache-pulsar-offloaderspackage and install
offloadersdirectory in the pulsar directory on every broker node. For more details of how to configure this feature, you can refer to the Tiered storage cookbook.
A Pulsar instance consists of multiple Pulsar clusters working in unison. You can distribute clusters across data centers or geographical regions and replicate the clusters amongst themselves using geo-replication. Deploying a multi-cluster Pulsar instance involves the following basic steps:
- Deploying two separate ZooKeeper quorums: a local quorum for each cluster in the instance and a configuration store quorum for instance-wide tasks
- Initializing cluster metadata for each cluster
- Deploying a BookKeeper cluster of bookies in each Pulsar cluster
- Deploying brokers in each Pulsar cluster
If you want to deploy a single Pulsar cluster, see Clusters and Brokers.
Run Pulsar locally or on Kubernetes?
This guide shows you how to deploy Pulsar in production in a non-Kubernetes environment. If you want to run a standalone Pulsar cluster on a single machine for development purposes, see the Setting up a local cluster guide. If you want to run Pulsar on Kubernetes, see the Pulsar on Kubernetes guide, which includes sections on running Pulsar on Kubernetes on Google Kubernetes Engine and on Amazon Web Services.
Currently, Pulsar is available for 64-bit *macOS, Linux, and Windows. To use Pulsar, you need to install 64-bit JRE/JDK 8 or later versions.
Broker is only supported on 64-bit JVM.
To get started running Pulsar, download a binary tarball release in one of the following ways:
by clicking the link below and downloading the release from an Apache mirror:
from the Pulsar downloads page
from the Pulsar releases page
wget 'https://www.apache.org/dyn/mirrors/mirrors.cgi?action=download&filename=pulsar/pulsar-2.8.1/apache-pulsar-2.8.1-bin.tar.gz' -O apache-pulsar-2.8.1-bin.tar.gz
Once you download the tarball, untar it and
cd into the resulting directory:
$ tar xvfz apache-pulsar-2.8.1-bin.tar.gz $ cd apache-pulsar-2.8.1
What your package contains
The Pulsar binary package initially contains the following directories:
|Command-line tools of Pulsar, such as |
|Configuration files for Pulsar, including for broker configuration, ZooKeeper configuration, and more|
|A Java JAR file containing example Pulsar Functions|
|The JAR files that Pulsar uses|
|License files, in |
The following directories are created once you begin running Pulsar:
|The data storage directory that ZooKeeper and BookKeeper use|
|Artifacts created for Pulsar Functions|
|Logs that the installation creates|
Each Pulsar instance relies on two separate ZooKeeper quorums.
- Local ZooKeeper operates at the cluster level and provides cluster-specific configuration management and coordination. Each Pulsar cluster needs to have a dedicated ZooKeeper cluster.
- Configuration Store operates at the instance level and provides configuration management for the entire system (and thus across clusters). An independent cluster of machines or the same machines that local ZooKeeper uses can provide the configuration store quorum.
The configuration store quorum can be provided by an independent cluster of machines or by the same machines used by local ZooKeeper.
Deploy local ZooKeeper
ZooKeeper manages a variety of essential coordination-related and configuration-related tasks for Pulsar.
You need to stand up one local ZooKeeper cluster per Pulsar cluster for deploying a Pulsar instance.
To begin, add all ZooKeeper servers to the quorum configuration specified in the
conf/zookeeper.conf file. Add a
server.N line for each node in the cluster to the configuration, where
N is the number of the ZooKeeper node. The following is an example for a three-node cluster:
zk1.us-west.example.com:2888:3888 =zk2.us-west.example.com:2888:3888 =zk3.us-west.example.com:2888:3888=
On each host, you need to specify the ID of the node in the
myid file of each node, which is in
data/zookeeper folder of each server by default (you can change the file location via the
See the Multi-server setup guide in the ZooKeeper documentation for detailed information on
On a ZooKeeper server at
zk1.us-west.example.com, for example, you could set the
myid value like this:
mkdir -p data/zookeeper echo 1 > data/zookeeper/myid
zk2.us-west.example.com the command looks like
echo 2 > data/zookeeper/myid and so on.
Once you add each server to the
zookeeper.conf configuration and each server has the appropriate
myid entry, you can start ZooKeeper on all hosts (in the background, using nohup) with the
pulsar-daemon CLI tool:
bin/pulsar-daemon start zookeeper
Deploy the configuration store
The ZooKeeper cluster that is configured and started up in the section above is a local ZooKeeper cluster that you can use to manage a single Pulsar cluster. In addition to a local cluster, however, a full Pulsar instance also requires a configuration store for handling some instance-level configuration and coordination tasks.
If you deploy a single-cluster instance, you do not need a separate cluster for the configuration store. If, however, you deploy a multi-cluster instance, you should stand up a separate ZooKeeper cluster for configuration tasks.
Single-cluster Pulsar instance
If your Pulsar instance consists of just one cluster, then you can deploy a configuration store on the same machines as the local ZooKeeper quorum but run on different TCP ports.
To deploy a ZooKeeper configuration store in a single-cluster instance, add the same ZooKeeper servers that the local quorum uses to the configuration file in
conf/global_zookeeper.conf using the same method for local ZooKeeper, but make sure to use a different port (2181 is the default for ZooKeeper). The following is an example that uses port 2184 for a three-node ZooKeeper cluster:
clientPort=2184 =zk1.us-west.example.com:2185:2186 =zk2.us-west.example.com:2185:2186 =zk3.us-west.example.com:2185:2186
As before, create the
myid files for each server on
Multi-cluster Pulsar instance
When you deploy a global Pulsar instance, with clusters distributed across different geographical regions, the configuration store serves as a highly available and strongly consistent metadata store that can tolerate failures and partitions spanning whole regions.
The key here is to make sure the ZK quorum members are spread across at least 3 regions and that other regions run as observers.
Again, given the very low expected load on the configuration store servers, you can share the same hosts used for the local ZooKeeper quorum.
For example, assume a Pulsar instance with the following clusters
ap-south. Also assume, each cluster has its own local ZK servers named such as the following:
In this scenario if you want to pick the quorum participants from few clusters and
let all the others be ZK observers. For example, to form a 7 servers quorum, you can pick 3 servers from
us-west, 2 from
us-central and 2 from
This method guarantees that writes to configuration store is possible even if one of these regions is unreachable.
The ZK configuration in all the servers looks like:
clientPort=2184 =zk1.us-west.example.com:2185:2186 =zk2.us-west.example.com:2185:2186 =zk3.us-west.example.com:2185:2186 =zk1.us-central.example.com:2185:2186 =zk2.us-central.example.com:2185:2186 =zk3.us-central.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk1.us-east.example.com:2185:2186 =zk2.us-east.example.com:2185:2186 =zk3.us-east.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk1.eu-central.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk2.eu-central.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk3.eu-central.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk1.ap-south.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk2.ap-south.example.com:2185:2186:observer =zk3.ap-south.example.com:2185:2186:observer
Additionally, ZK observers need to have the following parameters:
Start the service
Once your configuration store configuration is in place, you can start up the service using
bin/pulsar-daemon start configuration-store
Cluster metadata initialization
Once you set up the cluster-specific ZooKeeper and configuration store quorums for your instance, you need to write some metadata to ZooKeeper for each cluster in your instance. you only needs to write these metadata once.
bin/pulsar initialize-cluster-metadata \ --cluster us-west \ --zookeeper zk1.us-west.example.com:2181 \ --configuration-store zk1.us-west.example.com:2184 \ --web-service-url http://pulsar.us-west.example.com:8080/ \ --web-service-url-tls https://pulsar.us-west.example.com:8443/ \ --broker-service-url pulsar://pulsar.us-west.example.com:6650/ \ --broker-service-url-tls pulsar+ssl://pulsar.us-west.example.com:6651/
As you can see from the example above, you need to specify 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
If you use TLS, you also need to specify a TLS web service URL for the cluster as well as a TLS broker service URL for the brokers in the cluster.
Make sure to run
initialize-cluster-metadata for each cluster in your instance.
BookKeeper provides persistent message storage for Pulsar.
Each Pulsar broker needs to have its own cluster of bookies. The BookKeeper cluster shares a local ZooKeeper quorum with the Pulsar cluster.
You can configure BookKeeper bookies using the
conf/bookkeeper.conf configuration file. The most important aspect of configuring each bookie is ensuring that the
zkServers parameter is set to the connection string for the local ZooKeeper of Pulsar cluster.
You can start a bookie in two ways: in the foreground or as a background daemon.
To start a bookie in the background, use the
pulsar-daemon CLI tool:
$ bin/pulsar-daemon start bookie
You can verify that the bookie works properly using the
bookiesanity command for the BookKeeper shell:
bin/bookkeeper shell bookiesanity
This command creates a new ledger on the local bookie, writes a few entries, reads them back and finally deletes the ledger.
After you have started all bookies, you can use the
simpletest command for BookKeeper shell on any bookie node, to verify that all bookies in the cluster are running.
$ bin/bookkeeper shell simpletest --ensemble <num-bookies> --writeQuorum <num-bookies> --ackQuorum <num-bookies> --numEntries <num-entries>
Bookie hosts are responsible for storing message data on disk. In order for bookies to provide optimal performance, having a suitable hardware configuration is essential for the bookies. The following are key dimensions for bookie hardware capacity.
- Disk I/O capacity read/write
- Storage capacity
Message entries written to bookies are always synced to disk before returning an acknowledgement to the Pulsar broker. To ensure low write latency, BookKeeper is designed to use multiple devices:
- A journal to ensure durability. For sequential writes, having fast fsync operations on bookie hosts is critical. Typically, small and fast solid-state drives (SSDs) should suffice, or hard disk drives (HDDs) with a RAIDs controller and a battery-backed write cache. Both solutions can reach fsync latency of ~0.4 ms.
- A ledger storage device is where data is stored until all consumers acknowledge the message. Writes happen in the background, so write I/O is not a big concern. Reads happen sequentially most of the time and the backlog is drained only in case of consumer drain. To store large amounts of data, a typical configuration involves multiple HDDs with a RAID controller.
Once you set up ZooKeeper, initialize cluster metadata, and spin up BookKeeper bookies, you can deploy brokers.
You can configure brokers using the
conf/broker.conf configuration file.
The most important element of broker configuration is ensuring that each broker is aware of its local ZooKeeper quorum as well as the configuration store quorum. Make sure that you set the
zookeeperServers parameter to reflect the local quorum and the
configurationStoreServers parameter to reflect the configuration store quorum (although you need to specify only those ZooKeeper servers located in the same cluster).
You also need to specify the name of the cluster to which the broker belongs using the
clusterName parameter. In addition, you need to match the broker and web service ports provided when you initialize the metadata (especially when you use a different port from default) of the cluster.
The following is an example configuration:
# Local ZooKeeper servers zookeeperServers=zk1.us-west.example.com:2181,zk2.us-west.example.com:2181,zk3.us-west.example.com:2181 # Configuration store quorum connection string. configurationStoreServers=zk1.us-west.example.com:2184,zk2.us-west.example.com:2184,zk3.us-west.example.com:2184 clusterName=us-west # Broker data port brokerServicePort=6650 # Broker data port for TLS brokerServicePortTls=6651 # Port to use to server HTTP request webServicePort=8080 # Port to use to server HTTPS request webServicePortTls=8443
Pulsar brokers do not require any special hardware since they do not use the local disk. You had better choose fast CPUs and 10Gbps NIC so that the software can take full advantage of that.
Start the broker service
bin/pulsar-daemon start broker
You can also start brokers in the foreground by using
Clients connecting to Pulsar brokers need to be able to communicate with an entire Pulsar instance using a single URL. Pulsar provides a built-in service discovery mechanism that you can set up using the instructions immediately below.
You can also use your own service discovery system if you want. If you use your own system, you only need to satisfy just one requirement: when a client performs an HTTP request to an endpoint for a Pulsar cluster, such as
http://pulsar.us-west.example.com:8080, the client needs to be redirected to some active broker in the desired cluster, whether via DNS, an HTTP or IP redirect, or some other means.
Service discovery already provided by many scheduling systems
Many large-scale deployment systems, such as Kubernetes, have service discovery systems built in. If you run Pulsar on such a system, you may not need to provide your own service discovery mechanism.
Service discovery setup
The service discovery mechanism that included with Pulsar maintains a list of active brokers, which stored in ZooKeeper, and supports lookup using HTTP and also the binary protocol of Pulsar.
To get started setting up the built-in service of discovery of Pulsar, you need to change a few parameters in the
conf/discovery.conf configuration file. Set the
zookeeperServers parameter to the ZooKeeper quorum connection string of the cluster and the
configurationStoreServers setting to the configuration
store quorum connection string.
# Zookeeper quorum connection string zookeeperServers=zk1.us-west.example.com:2181,zk2.us-west.example.com:2181,zk3.us-west.example.com:2181 # Global configuration store connection string configurationStoreServers=zk1.us-west.example.com:2184,zk2.us-west.example.com:2184,zk3.us-west.example.com:2184
To start the discovery service:
bin/pulsar-daemon start discovery
Admin client and verification
At this point your Pulsar instance should be ready to use. You can now configure client machines that can serve as administrative clients for each cluster. You can use the
conf/client.conf configuration file to configure admin clients.
The most important thing is that you point the
serviceUrl parameter to the correct service URL for the cluster:
Provision new tenants
Pulsar is built as a fundamentally multi-tenant system.
If a new tenant wants to use the system, you need to create a new one. You can create a new tenant by using the
pulsar-admin CLI tool:
bin/pulsar-admin tenants create test-tenant \ --allowed-clusters us-west \ --admin-roles test-admin-role
In this command, users who identify with
test-admin-role role can administer the configuration for the
test-tenant tenant. The
test-tenant tenant can only use the
us-west cluster. From now on, this tenant can manage its resources.
Once you create a tenant, you need to create namespaces for topics within that tenant.
The first step is to create a namespace. A namespace is an administrative unit that can contain many topics. A common practice is to create a namespace for each different use case from a single tenant.
bin/pulsar-admin namespaces create test-tenant/ns1
Test producer and consumer
Everything is now ready to send and receive messages. The quickest way to test the system is through the
pulsar-perf client tool.
You can use a topic in the namespace that you have just created. Topics are automatically created the first time when a producer or a consumer tries to use them.
The topic name in this case could be:
Start a consumer that creates a subscription on the topic and waits for messages:
bin/pulsar-perf consume persistent://test-tenant/ns1/my-topic
Start a producer that publishes messages at a fixed rate and reports stats every 10 seconds:
bin/pulsar-perf produce persistent://test-tenant/ns1/my-topic
To report the topic stats:
bin/pulsar-admin topics stats persistent://test-tenant/ns1/my-topic