rpk container is a simple and quick way to stand up a local multi node cluster
rpk container leverages Docker. If you haven’t done so already,
please follow the installation instructions for
Docker (Linux users) or
Docker Desktop for Mac
It’s important to note, however, that you won’t need to interact with Docker directly or have experience with it.
To get started, run
rpk container start -n 3. This will start a 3-node cluster. You should see something like this (the addresses may vary):
rpk container startwill take a minute the first time you run it, as it will download the latest stable version of Redpanda.
Downloading latest version of Redpanda Starting cluster NODE ID ADDRESS 0 172.24.1.2:58754 2 172.24.1.4:58756 1 172.24.1.3:58757 Cluster started! You may use rpk to interact with it. E.g: rpk cluster info
It says we can check our cluster with
rpk cluster info
Redpanda Cluster Info 0 (127.0.0.1:58754) (No partitions) 1 (127.0.0.1:58757) (No partitions) 2 (127.0.0.1:58756) (No partitions)
You can now connect your Kafka compatible applications directly to Redpanda
by using the ports listed above. In this example the ports to use would be
Additionally, all of the
rpk topic subcommands will detect the local cluster and use its addresses, so you don’t have to configure anything or keep track of IPs and ports.
For example, you can run
rpk topic create and it will work!
$ rpk topic create -p 6 -r 3 new-topic Created topic 'new-topic'. Partitions: 6, replicas: 3, cleanup policy: 'delete'
You can also stop the cluster using:
rpk container stop
You are all set! You can now use Redpanda to test your favorite Kafka
compatible application or use the
rpk topic commands to further interface with
the local cluster!