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Configuring Quix Streams Application

quixstreams.Application class is the main place to configure Quix Streams applications.

You can configure various aspects of your app, like:

  • Kafka settings and credentials.
  • State directory and RocksDB parameters.
  • Error callbacks.
  • Logging.
  • and more.

For the full list of parameters see the Application API docs.

Main Configuration Parameters

  • broker_address - Kafka broker address as a string, required.
    Example - "localhost:9092"

  • consumer_group - Kafka consumer group name.
    Consumer group is also used in the state directory path and as a prefix for changelog topics to ensure the applications from different consumer groups don't access the same state.
    Default - "quixstreams-default".

  • commit_interval - How often to commit the processed offsets and state in seconds.
    Default - 5.0.
    See the Checkpointing page for more information about the commit_interval parameter.

  • auto_offset_reset - Consumer auto.offset.reset setting.
    It determines where the consumer should start reading messages from.
    See more auto.offset.reset in this article.
    Options: "latest", "earliest".
    Default - "latest".


  • state_dir - path to the application state directory.
    This directory contains data for each state store separated by consumer group.
    Default - "state".

  • rocksdb_options - options to be used for RocksDB instances.
    The default configuration is described in the class quixstreams.state.rocksdb.options.RocksDBOptions.
    To override it, pass an instance of quixstreams.state.rocksdb.options.RocksDBOptions.
    Default - None (i.e. use a default config).

  • use_changelog_topics - whether the application should use changelog topics to back stateful operations.
    See the Stateful Processing page to learn more about changelog topics.
    Default - True.


  • loglevel - a log level to use for the "quixstreams" logger.
    Options: "DEBUG", "INFO", "ERROR", "WARNING", "CRITICAL","NOTSET", None.
    If None is passed, no logging will be configured.
    You may pass None and configure "quixstreams" logger externally using logging library.
    Default - "INFO".

Error callbacks

To flexibly handle errors, Application class accepts callbacks triggered when exceptions occur on different stages of stream processing. If a callback returns True, the exception will be ignored. Otherwise, the exception will be propagated and the processing will eventually stop.

By default, Application will propagate all exceptions as usual.

NOTE: Use with caution. The Application will commit the message offset if an error callback decides to ignore the exception.

  • on_consumer_error - triggered when internal Consumer fails to poll Kafka or cannot deserialize a message. Example:
def on_consumer_error(exc: Exception, message, logger) -> bool:
    Handle the consumer exception and ignore it
    logger.error('Ignore consumer exception exc=%s offset=%s', exc, message.offset())
    return True
  • on_processing_error - triggered when exception is raised during processing, after the message is deserialized. Example:
def on_processing_error(exc: Exception, row, logger) -> bool:
    Handle the processing exception and ignore it
    logger.error('Ignore processing exception exc=%s row=%s', exc, row)
    return True
  • on_producer_error - triggered when internal Producer fails to serialize or to produce a message to Kafka.
def on_producer_error(exc: Exception, row, logger) -> bool:
    Handle the producer exception and ignore it
    logger.error('Ignore producer exception exc=%s row=%s', exc, row)
    return True

Processing Callbacks

  • on_message_processed - a callback triggered when message is successfully processed.
    You may use it for debugging purposes (e.g. count the total processed messages).

Another use case is to stop Application after processing a certain amount of messages.


from quixstreams import Application

def on_message_processed(topic:str, partition: int, offset: int):
    Stop application after processing 100 messages.
    if TOTAL_PROCESSED == 100:

app = Application(

Topic Management

  • auto_create_topics - whether to create all defined topics automatically when starting the app.
    Only topics made using Application.topic() call are tracked.
    Default - True

Advanced Kafka Configuration

  • partitioner - a partitioner to be used to determine the outgoing message partition in Producer. Options: "random", "consistent_random", "murmur2", "murmur2_random", "fnv1a", "fnv1a_random".
    Default - murmur2.

  • producer_extra_config - a dictionary with additional Producer options in the format of librdkafka.
    Values in this dictionary cannot override settings already defined by other parameters, like broker_address and partitioner.

  • consumer_extra_config - a dictionary with additional Consumer options in the format of librdkafka.
    Values in the dictionary cannot override settings already defined by other parameters, like broker_address, auto_offset_reset and consumer_group.

  • consumer_poll_timeout - a timeout in seconds for the internal Consumer .poll().
    Default - 1.0

  • producer_poll_timeout - a timeout in seconds for the internal Producer.
    Default - 0.