Streams Mode

A Redpanda Connect stream consists of four components; an input, an optional buffer, processor pipelines and an output. Under normal use a Redpanda Connect instance is a single stream, and these components are configured within the service config file.

Alternatively, Redpanda Connect can be run in streams mode, where a single running Redpanda Connect instance is able to run multiple entirely isolated streams. Adding streams in this mode can be done in two ways:

  1. Static configuration files allows you to maintain a directory of static stream configuration files that will be traversed by Redpanda Connect.

  2. An HTTP REST API allows you to dynamically create, read the status of, update, and delete streams at runtime.

These two methods can be used in combination, i.e. it’s possible to update and delete streams that were created with static files.

When running Redpanda Connect in streams mode it is still necessary to provide a general service wide configuration with the -c/--config flag that specifies observability configuration such as the metrics, logger and tracing sections, as well the http section for configuring how the HTTP server should behave.

You can import resources either in the general configuration, or using the -r/--resources flag, the same as when running Redpanda Connect in regular mode.

rpk connect run -r "./prod/*.yaml" -c ./config.yaml streams

HTTP endpoints

A Redpanda Connect config can contain components such as an http_server input that register endpoints to the service-wide HTTP server. When these components are created from within a named stream in streams mode the endpoint will be prefixed with the streams identifier by default. For example, a stream with the identifier foo and the config:

    path: /meow
    - mapping: 'root = "meow " + content()'
  sync_response: {}

Will register an endpoint /meow, which will be prefixed with the name foo to become /foo/meow. This behavior is intended to make a clearer distinction between endpoints registered by different streams, and prevent collisions of those endpoints. However, you can disable this behavior by setting the flag --prefix-stream-endpoints to false (rpk connect streams --prefix-stream-endpoints=false ./streams/*.yaml).


When running Redpanda Connect in streams mode resource components are shared across all streams. The streams mode HTTP API also provides an endpoint for modifying and adding resource configurations dynamically.


Metrics from all streams are aggregated and exposed via the method specified in the config of the Redpanda Connect instance running in streams mode, with their metrics enriched with the tag stream containing the stream name.

For example, a Redpanda Connect instance running in streams mode running a stream named foo would have metrics from foo registered with the label stream with the value of foo.

This can cause problems if your streams are short lived and uniquely named as the number of metrics registered will continue to climb indefinitely. In order to avoid this you can use the mapping field to filter metric names.

# Only register metrics for the stream `foo`. Others will be ignored.
  mapping: if meta("stream") != "foo" { deleted() }
  prometheus: {}