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Follow this tutorial to learn how to configure a MongoDB Kafka source connector to read data from a change stream and publish it to an Apache Kafka topic.

1

Complete the steps in the Kafka Connector Tutorial Setup to start the the Confluent Kafka Connect and MongoDB environment.

2

Create an interactive shell session on the tutorial Docker container downloaded for the Tutorial Setup using the following command:

docker exec -it mongo1 /bin/bash

Create a source configuration file called simplesource.json with the following command:

nano simplesource.json

Paste the following configuration information into the file and save your changes:

{
"name": "mongo-simple-source",
"config": {
"connector.class": "com.mongodb.kafka.connect.MongoSourceConnector",
"connection.uri": "mongodb://mongo1",
"database": "Tutorial1",
"collection": "orders"
}
}

Run the following command in the shell to start the source connector using the configuration file you created:

cx simplesource.json

Note

The cx command is a custom script included in the tutorial development environment. This script runs the following equivalent request to the Kafka Connect REST API to create a new connector:

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d @simplesource.json http://connect:8083/connectors -w "\n"

Run the following command in the shell to check the status of the connectors:

status

If your source connector started successfully, you should see the following output:

Kafka topics:
...
The status of the connectors:
source | mongo-simple-source | RUNNING | RUNNING | com.mongodb.kafka.connect.MongoSourceConnector
Currently configured connectors
[
"mongo-simple-source"
]
...
3

In the same shell, connect to MongoDB using mongosh, the MongoDB shell by running the following command:

mongosh "mongodb://mongo1"

After you connect successfully, you should see the following MongoDB shell prompt:

rs0 [direct: primary] test>

At the prompt, type the following commands to insert a new document:

use Tutorial1
db.orders.insertOne( { 'order_id' : 1, 'item' : 'coffee' } )

Once MongoDB completes the insert command, you should receive an acknowledgment that resembles the following text:

{
acknowledged: true,
insertedId: ObjectId("627e7e...")
}

Exit the MongoDB shell by entering the command exit.

Check the status of your Kafka environment using the following command:

status

In the output of the preceding command, you should see the new topic that the source connector created after receiving the change event:

...
"topic": "Tutorial1.orders",
...

Confirm the content of data on the new Kafka topic by running the following command:

kc Tutorial1.orders

Note

The kc command is a helper script that outputs the content of a Kafka topic.

You should see the following Kafka topic data, organized by "Key" and "Value" sections when you run the preceding command:

From the "Value" section of the output, you can find the part of the payload that includes the fullDocument data as highlighted in the following formatted JSON document:

{
"_id": {
"_data": "8262655A..."
},
"operationType": "insert",
"clusterTime": {
"$timestamp": {
"t": 1650809557,
"i": 2
}
},
"wallTime": {
"$date": "2022-10-13T17:06:23.409Z"
},
"fullDocument": {
"_id": {
"$oid": "62655a..."
},
"order_id": 1,
"item": "coffee"
},
"ns": {
"db": "Tutorial1",
"coll": "orders"
},
"documentKey": {
"_id": {
"$oid": "62655a..."
}
}
}
4

You can omit the metadata from the events created by the change stream by configuring it to only return the fullDocument field.

Stop the connector using the following command:

del mongo-simple-source

Note

The del command is a helper script that calls the Kafka Connect REST API to stop the connector and is equivalent to the following command:

curl -X DELETE connect:8083/connectors/<parameter>

Edit the source configuration file called simplesource.json with the following command:

nano simplesource.json

Remove the existing configuration, add the following configuration, and save the file:

{
"name": "mongo-simple-source",
"config": {
"connector.class": "com.mongodb.kafka.connect.MongoSourceConnector",
"connection.uri": "mongodb://mongo1",
"publish.full.document.only": true,
"database": "Tutorial1",
"collection": "orders"
}
}

Run the following command in the shell to start the source connector using the configuration file you updated:

cx simplesource.json

Connect to MongoDB using mongosh using the following command:

mongosh "mongodb://mongo1"

At the prompt, type the following commands to insert a new document:

use Tutorial1
db.orders.insertOne( { 'order_id' : 2, 'item' : 'oatmeal' } )

Exit mongosh by running the following command:

exit

Confirm the content of data on the new Kafka topic by running the following command:

kc Tutorial1.orders

The payload field in the "Value" document should contain only the following document data:

{ "_id": { "$oid": "<your _id value>" }, "order_id": 2, "item": "oatmeal" }
5

After you complete this tutorial, free resources on your computer by stopping or removing Docker assets. You can choose to remove both the Docker containers and images, or exclusively the containers. If you remove the containers and images, you must download them again to restart your MongoDB Kafka Connector development environment, which is approximately 2.4 GB in size. If you exclusively remove the containers, you can reuse the images and avoid downloading most of the large files in the sample data pipeline.

Tip

More Tutorials

If you plan to complete any more MongoDB Kafka Connector tutorials, consider removing only containers. If you don't plan to complete any more MongoDB Kafka Connector tutorials, consider removing containers and images.

Select the tab that corresponds to the removal task you want to run.

To restart the containers, follow the same steps required to start them in the Tutorial Setup.

In this tutorial, you started a source connector using different configurations to alter the change stream event data published to a Kafka topic.

Read the following resources to learn more about concepts mentioned in this tutorial:

Note

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