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Kowl vs Kafdrop: What are the differences?

Kowl: An Open Source WebUI for Apache Kafka with a good UI and UX. It is a web application that helps you to explore messages in your Apache Kafka cluster and get better insights on what is actually happening in your Kafka cluster in the most comfortable way; Kafdrop: A web UI for viewing Kafka topics and browsing consumer groups. It is a web UI for viewing Kafka topics and browsing consumer groups. The tool displays information such as brokers, topics, partitions, consumers, and lets you view messages.

Kowl and Kafdrop can be primarily classified as "Kafka" tools.

Some of the features offered by Kowl are:

  • Supports Kafka Clusters newer than v1.0+
  • Topic overview
  • Show disk usage per topic or per broker

On the other hand, Kafdrop provides the following key features:

  • View Kafka brokers — topic and partition assignments, and controller status
  • View topics — partition count, replication status, and custom configuration
  • Browse messages — JSON, plain text and Avro encoding

Kafdrop is an open source tool with 1.34K GitHub stars and 202 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kafdrop's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is Kafdrop?

It is a web UI for viewing Kafka topics and browsing consumer groups. The tool displays information such as brokers, topics, partitions, consumers, and lets you view messages.

What is Kowl?

It is a web application that helps you to explore messages in your Apache Kafka cluster and get better insights on what is actually happening in your Kafka cluster in the most comfortable way.

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