rpk cluster partitions disable

Disable partitions of a topic.

You may disable all partitions of a topic using the --all flag or you may select a set of topic/partitions to disable with the --partitions or -p flag.

The partition flag accepts the format <namespace>/<topic>/[partitions…​] where namespace and topic are optional parameters.

If the namespace is not provided, rpk will assume kafka.

If the topic is not provided in the flag, rpk will use the topic provided as an argument to this command.

Disabled Partitions

Disabling a partition in Redpanda involves prohibiting any data consumption or production to and from it. All internal processes associated with the partition are stopped, and it remains unloaded during system startup.

This measure aims to maintain cluster health by preventing issues caused by specific corrupted partitions that may lead to Redpanda crashes. Although the data remains stored on disk, Redpanda ceases interaction with the disabled partitions to ensure system stability.


Disable all partitions in topic foo:

rpk cluster partitions disable foo --all

Disable partitions 1,2 and 3 of topic bar in the namespace internal:

rpk cluster partitions disable internal/bar --partitions 1,2,3

Disable partition 1, and 2 of topic foo, and partition 5 of topic bar in the internal namespace:

rpk cluster partitions disable -p foo/1,2 -p internal/bar/5


rpk cluster partitions disable [TOPIC] [flags]


Value Type Description

-a, --all


If true, disable all partitions for the specified topic.

-h, --help


Help for disable.

-p, --partitions


Comma-separated list of partitions you want to disable. Use --help for additional information.



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.