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You can configure the AppDynamics Java Agent to detect entry points for following Apache Kafka consumer activity:

  • Kafka v0.10 KafkaConsumer.poll().
  • Kafka v0.9 Kafka Streams
  • Kafka v0.9 SimpleConsumer.fetch().

Because the Kafka payload doesn't include a location to store correlation data, the Java Agent detects consumer activity downstream from Kafka as a new business transaction.

KafkaConsumer.poll and Kafka Stream Entry Points

To instrument Kafka consumer exit points using KafkaConsumer.poll() or Kafka Streams, identify the method where the consumer reads messages in a loop in a custom interceptor definition.

  1. Identify the class and method of the loop that processes messages from Kafka. Consider for example a class MyConsumer that employs the following loop to poll and process messages from Kafka:

    private void pollMessages() throws Exception {
       ConsumerRecords<String, String> records = kafkaConsumer.poll(1000);
       for (ConsumerRecord<String, String> record : records) {
          //Processing of the records

    For this case, you want to intercept:

    • Class: MyConsumer
    • Method: pollMessages
  2. Use your preferred text editor to create and edit a file named custom-interceptors.xml at the following path:

    For example:
  3. Copy the following XML to custom-interceptors.xml:

            <match-class type="matches-class">
                <name filter-type="equals">my-fully-qualified-class-name</name>
  4. Set the value of the class name to the name of your consumer class. For instance, to specify the MyConsumer class:

    <match-class type="matches-class">
        <name filter-type="equals">com.mycompany.mypackage.MyConsumer</name>
  5. Set the value of the method name to the name of your message processing loop method. For instance, to specify the pollMessages method:


    After the Java Agent reads the updated configuration, it detects consumer activity and upstream Kafka queue. The application flow map shows the tier receiving data from the Kafka queue. The Kafka queue does not appear on the BT level flow map.


Kafka SimpleConsumer Entry Points

To enable consumer entry points for Kafka clients that retrieve messages using SimpleConsumer.fetch(), register the enable-kafka-consumer node property with a value of "true".

Kafka consumer activity shows up as an exit call in in this case.



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