Kafka - Schema Registry


schema registry

Schema registry is recommended if you plan to use Avro for a data format because it can help you with:

  • serialization
  • and schema evolution.


with schema knowledge



  • Localhost: Start the Schema Registry in its own terminal.
./bin/schema-registry-start ./etc/schema-registry/schema-registry.properties
  • Docker
docker run -d \
  --net=host \
  --name=schema-registry \
  -e SCHEMA_REGISTRY_LISTENERS=http://localhost:8081 \

Produce with Schema registry

create data with a schema. See Kafka - kafka-avro-console-producer utility

Compatibility level

You can change the compatibility level of Schema Registry to allow incompatible schemas or other compatibility levels. There are two ways to do this:

  • Set the compatibility level for subjects which are used by the connector using PUT /config/(string: subject).
  • Configure the Schema Registry to use other schema compatibility level by setting avro.compatibility.level in Schema Registry. Note that this is a global setting that applies to all schemas in the Schema Registry.


The subjects have format of topic-key and topic-value where the topic is determined by topic.prefix config and table name.

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