rpk cluster metadata

Request broker metadata.

The Kafka protocol’s metadata contains information about brokers, topics, and the cluster as a whole.

This command only runs if specific sections of metadata are requested. There are currently three sections: the cluster, the list of brokers, and the topics. If no section is specified, this defaults to printing all sections.

If the topic section is requested, all topics are requested by default unless some are manually specified as arguments. Expanded per-partition information can be printed with the -d flag, and internal topics can be printed with the -i flag.

In the broker section, the controller node is suffixed with \*.


rpk cluster metadata [flags]


metadata, status, info


Value Type Description

-h, --help


Help for metadata.

-b, --print-brokers


Print brokers section.

-c, --print-cluster


Print cluster section.

-d, --print-detailed-topics


Print per-partition information for topics (implies -t).

-i, --print-internal-topics


Print internal topics (if all topics requested, implies -t).

-t, --print-topics


Print topics section (implied if any topics are specified).



Comma-separated list of broker <ip>:<port> pairs (for example, --brokers,, ). Alternatively, you may set the REDPANDA_BROKERS environment variable with the comma-separated list of broker addresses.



Redpanda config file, if not set the file will be searched for in the default locations.



SASL password to be used for authentication.



The authentication mechanism to use. Supported values: SCRAM-SHA-256, SCRAM-SHA-512.



The certificate to be used for TLS authentication with the broker.



Enable TLS for the Kafka API (not necessary if specifying custom certs).



The certificate key to be used for TLS authentication with the broker.



The truststore to be used for TLS communication with the broker.



SASL user to be used for authentication.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging (default false).