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Use Your Own Connector with Twitter and Aiven for Apache Kafka®

Nastel Technologies®
May 25, 2022

What if Aiven doesn’t provide the Apache Kafka® connector you want? Read on to learn how to use an external connector, to gather Twitter messages into Kafka.


Use your own connector with Aiven for Apache Kafka® – the Twitter source example

Apache Kafka® is representing the central data backbone for more and more companies, with the rich Apache Kafka® Connect ecosystem offering different plugins allowing an easy integration of Kafka with a huge variety of technologies.


When self-hosting Apache Kafka, any open source connector plugin can be taken into use by finding the right jars and configuration options. The situation changes when using a managed service: even if the list of supported plugins can be amazing (check out all the ones Aiven provides), you might not find the particular sink-to-obscure-datatech one you were looking for. Still, Aiven accepts suggestions and evaluates continuously new connector plugins to include in the list, so, if you identify an important miss, feel free to suggest!


Another option on the table is to create a self-managed Apache Kafka® Connect cluster and connect it to Aiven for Apache Kafka. In this way you can get the freedom to pick any open source connector, while still benefitting from the managed Kafka service that Aiven offers. You can read an example of the process in our developer portal, and in this blog post we’ll go through the steps required to start using one of the best connectors in town, the one probably used by 90% of new learners: the Twitter source connector.


Create the Apache Kafka cluster

Let’s quickly cover this piece, using the Aiven CLI and the dedicated service create function. You can read all the parameters available in the dedicated page and also find the list of all the advanced customization parameters Aiven offers. For the aim of the blog post we’ll use the following:


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