Get cluster broker list

There will be times when you need your broker connection string such as connecting producers and consumers as well as some utilies. This may be called your broker list, seedbroker list, or bootstrap servers depending on the tool or application you’re using.

Using the AWS Console

  1. Open the Amazon MSK console at

  2. Click on the name of the cluster you want the details for

  1. Click on View client information in the Cluster summary section

  1. Click the copy button in the Bootstrap servers section


If you are running an MSK cluster with TLS and Plaintext enabled, you will see two sets of server lists. Ensure you use the correct list for your use case.

Notice that there are two different ports on the same broker - 9092 is the PLAINTEXT port, and 9094 is the TLS port.

Using the AWS CLI

  1. Ensure that you have setup the AWS CLI

  2. Get the cluster ARN

  3. Use the command line to run the get-bootstrap-brokers subcommand

     $ aws kafka  get-bootstrap-brokers --cluster-arn arn:aws:kafka:us-east-1:xyz:cluster/MSKCluster/0546f493-019f-475a-9903-272f0371ce19-6 --output text


If you’re working on the command line, and to save yourself some work, put your broker connection string into an envrionment variable:

    $ export MYBROKERS="broker1:9092,broker2:9092,broker3:9092"

or simply

    export MYBROKERS=$(aws kafka  get-bootstrap-brokers --cluster-arn arn:aws:kafka:us-east-1:xyz:cluster/MSKCluster/0546f493-019f-475a-9903-272f0371ce19-6 --output text)

Then you can refer to the variable in later commands:

    $ bin/ --bootstrap-server $MYBROKERS --topic test

You can also build this in to your shell profile to save you work every time you login.