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plumber is a CLI devtool for inspecting, piping, massaging and redirecting data in message systems like Kafka, RabbitMQ , GCP PubSub and many more. [1]

The tool enables you to:

[1] It's like curl for messaging systems.

Why do you need it?

Messaging systems are black boxes - gaining visibility into what is passing through them is an involved process that requires you to write consumer code that you will likely throw away.

plumber enables you to stop wasting time writing throw-away code - use it to look into your queues, use it to connect disparate systems together or use it for debugging your event driven systems.

Demo

Brief Demo

Install

Via brew

$ brew tap batchcorp/public
$ brew install plumber

Manually

Plumber is a single binary, to install you simply need to download it, give it executable permissions and call it from your shell. Here's an example set of commands to do this:

$ curl -L -o plumber https://github.com/batchcorp/plumber/releases/latest/download/plumber-darwin
$ chmod +x plumber
$ mv plumber /usr/local/bin/plumber

Usage

Write messages

$ plumber write kafka --address="localhost:9092" --topic foo --input-data '{"hello":"world"}'

INFO[0000]
█▀█ █   █ █ █▀▄▀█ █▄▄ █▀▀ █▀█
█▀▀ █▄▄ █▄█ █ ▀ █ █▄█ ██▄ █▀▄
INFO[0000] Connected to kafka broker 'localhost:9092'
INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'     pkg=kafka/write.go

NOTE: If you want to write JSON either surround the input-data in single quotes or use input-file.

Read messages

$ plumber read kafka --topic foo --address="localhost:9092" --follow --json

INFO[0000]
█▀█ █   █ █ █▀▄▀█ █▄▄ █▀▀ █▀█
█▀▀ █▄▄ █▄█ █ ▀ █ █▄█ ██▄ █▀▄
INFO[0000] Connected to kafka broker 'localhost:9092'
INFO[0000] Initializing (could take a minute or two) ...  pkg=kafka/read.go

------------- [Count: 1 Received at: 2021-06-17T22:54:55Z] -------------------

+----------------------+------------------------------------------+
| Key                  |                                     NONE |
| Topic                |                                      foo |
| Offset               |                                       12 |
| Partition            |                                        0 |
| Header(s)            |                                     NONE |
+----------------------+------------------------------------------+

{
  "hello": "world"
}

Write messages via pipe

Write a single message

$ echo "some data" | plumber write kafka --topic foo

INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'  pkg=kafka/write.go

Write multiple messages separated by newlines. Each line will be a message

$ cat mydata.txt
line1
line2
line3

$ cat mydata.txt | plumber write kafka --topic foo

INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'  pkg=kafka/write.go
INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'  pkg=kafka/write.go
INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'  pkg=kafka/write.go

Write each element of a JSON array as a message

$ cat mydata.json
[{"key": "value1"},{"key": "value2"}]

$ cat mydata.json | plumber write kafka --topic foo --json-array

INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'  pkg=kafka/write.go
INFO[0000] Successfully wrote message to topic 'foo'  pkg=kafka/write.go

See EXAMPLES.md for more usage examples

See ENV.md for list of supported environment variables

Getting Help

A full list of available flags can be displayed by using the --help flag after different parts of the command:

$ plumber read rabbit --help
$ plumber read mqtt --help
$ plumber write kafka --help
$ plumber relay --help

Features

  • Dynamic protobuf & avro encode & decode
  • Dynamic Thrift IDL decoding
  • Gzip compress & decompress
  • --follow support (ie. tail -f)
  • Observe, relay and archive messaging data
  • Support for most messaging systems
  • Single-binary, zero-config, easy-install

Hmm, what is this Batch thing?

We are distributed system enthusiasts that started a company called Batch. We focus on improving workflows that involve messaging systems - specifically, we enable message observability, backups and outage recovery via message replays.

While working on our company, we built a tool for reading and writing messages from our message systems and realized that there is a serious lack of tooling in this space.

We wanted a swiss army knife type of tool for working with messaging systems (we use Kafka and RabbitMQ internally), so we created plumber.

Why the name plumber?

We consider ourselves "internet plumbers" of sort - so the name seemed to fit :)

Supported Messaging Systems

  • Kafka
  • RabbitMQ
  • RabbitMQ Streams
  • Google Cloud Platform PubSub
  • MQTT
  • Amazon SQS
  • Amazon SNS (Publishing)
  • ActiveMQ (STOMP protocol)
  • Azure Service Bus
  • Azure Event Hub
  • NATS
  • NATS Streaming (Jetstream)
  • Redis-PubSub
  • Redis-Streams
  • Postgres CDC (Change Data Capture)
  • MongoDB CDC (Change Data Capture)
  • Apache Pulsar
  • NSQ
  • KubeMQ Queue (NEW!)

NOTE: If your messaging tech is not supported - submit an issue and we'll do our best to make it happen!

Dynamic Replay Destination (NEW!)

Plumber can now act as a replay destination. Dynamic replay mode allows you to run an instance of plumber, on your local network, which will receive messages for a replay. This mitigates the need make firewall changes to replay messages from a Batch collection back to your message bus.

See https://docs.batch.sh/what-are/what-are-destinations/plumber-as-a-destination for full documentation

High Availability

When running plumber in relay mode in production, you will want to run at least 2 instances of plumber - that way updates, maintenances or unexpected problems will not interfere with data collection.

You can achieve H/A by launching 2+ instances of plumber with identical configurations.

Kafka

You need to ensure that you are using the same consumer group on all plumber instances.

RabbitMQ

Make sure that all instances of plumber are pointed to the same queue.

Note on boolean flags

In order to flip a boolean flag to false, prepend --no to the flag.

ie. --queue-declare is true by default. To make it false, use --no-queue-declare.

Acknowledgments

Huge shoutout to jhump and for his excellent protoreflect library, without which plumber would not be anywhere near as easy to implement. Thank you!

Release

To push a new plumber release:

  1. git tag v0.18.0 master
  2. git push origin v0.18.0
  3. Watch the github action
  4. New release should be automatically created under https://github.com/batchcorp/plumber/releases/
  5. Update release to include any relevant info

Contribute

We love contributions! Prior to sending us a PR, open an issue to discuss what you intend to work on. When ready to open PR - add good tests and let's get this thing merged!


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