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).



Redpanda or rpk config file; default search paths are /var/lib/redpanda/.config/rpk/rpk.yaml, $PWD/redpanda.yaml, and /etc/redpanda/redpanda.yaml.

-X, --config-opt


Override rpk configuration settings. See rpk -X or execute rpk -X help for inline detail or rpk -X list for terser detail.



Profile to use. See rpk profile for more details.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging.