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Linux Quick Start Guide

Redpanda is a modern streaming platform for mission critical workloads. With Redpanda you can get up and running with streaming quickly and be fully compatible with the Kafka ecosystem.

This quick start guide can help you get started with Redpanda for development and testing purposes. For production or benchmarking, set up a production deployment.

Install Redpanda

We’ve simplified the installation process down to a few commands:

  • On Fedora/RedHat systems:

    ## Run the setup script to download and install the repo
    curl -1sLf 'https://packages.vectorized.io/nzc4ZYQK3WRGd9sy/redpanda/cfg/setup/bash.rpm.sh' | sudo -E bash && \
    ## Use yum to install redpanda
    sudo yum install redpanda -y && \
    ## Start redpanda as a service 
    sudo systemctl start redpanda
  • On Debian/Ubuntu systems:

    ## Run the setup script to download and install the repo
    curl -1sLf 'https://packages.vectorized.io/nzc4ZYQK3WRGd9sy/redpanda/cfg/setup/bash.deb.sh' | sudo -E bash && \
    ## Use apt to install redpanda
    sudo apt install redpanda -y && \
    ## Start redpanda as a service 
    sudo systemctl start redpanda

To see that Redpanda is up and running, run: sudo systemctl status redpanda

The output should look like:

● redpanda.service - Redpanda, the fastest queue in the West.
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/redpanda.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running)

You now have a single node cluster running Redpanda!

Do some streaming

Here are the basic commands to produce and consume streams:

  1. Create a topic. We’ll call it “twitch_chat”:

    rpk topic create twitch_chat
  2. Produce messages to the topic:

    rpk topic produce twitch_chat

    Type text into the topic and press Ctrl + D to seperate between messages.

    Press Ctrl + C to exit the produce command.

  3. Consume (or read) the messages in the topic:

    rpk topic consume twitch_chat

    Each message is shown with its metadata, like this:

    {
    "message": "How do you stream with Redpanda?\n",
    "partition": 0,
    "offset": 1,
    "timestamp": "2021-02-10T15:52:35.251+02:00"
    }

You’ve just installed Redpanda and done streaming in a few easy steps.

What’s Next?