rpk topic describe

This command prints detailed information about topics. There are three potential views: a summary of the topic, the topic configurations, and a detailed partitions section. By default, the summary and configs sections are printed.

The --regex flag (-r) parses arguments as regular expressions and describes topics that match any of the expressions.


rpk topic describe [TOPICS] [flags]


describe, info


Value Type Description

-h, --help


Help for describe.

-a, --print-all


Print all sections.

-c, --print-configs


Print the config section.

-p, --print-partitions


Print the detailed partitions section.

-s, --print-summary


Print the summary section.

-r, --regex


Parse arguments as regex; describe any topic that matches any input topic expression.



Include the stable offsets column in the partitions section; only relevant if you produce to this topic transactionally.



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.