The fluvio consume command is a way to read the contents of records in a Fluvio topic from a command-line environment. This can be useful if you are developing an application with Fluvio and want real-time visibility into what is streaming through your topics. It can also be handy for writing shell scripts that can read and react to messages in a topic.

If your topic has more than one partition, the consume command will only read from one of those partitions, defaulting to the first one (index zero). You can specify which partition you want to read messages from using the -p option.

Read messages from a topic/partition

By default, consume operates in "streaming" mode, where the command will remain
active and wait for new messages, printing them as they arrive. You can use the
'-d' flag to exit after consuming all available messages.

    fluvio consume [FLAGS] [OPTIONS] <topic>

    -B, --from-beginning        Start reading from beginning
    -d, --disable-continuous    disable continuous processing of messages
    -k, --key-value             Print records in "[key] value" format, with
                                "[null]" for no key
        --suppress-unknown      Suppress items items that have an unknown output
    -h, --help                  Prints help information

    -p, --partition <integer>            Partition id [default: 0]
    -o, --offset <integer>
            Offsets can be positive or negative. (Syntax for negative offset:
    -b, --maxbytes <integer>             Maximum number of bytes to be retrieved
    -O, --output <type>
            Output [default: dynamic]  [possible values: dynamic, text, binary,
            json, raw]
    -s, --smart-stream <smart-stream>    Path to a WASM binary file

    <topic>    Topic name

For our consumer examples, we are going to read back the records we sent from the produce command examples.


Example 1: Consume all records

When consuming, we need to specify a starting offset from which to begin reading. We can use the --from-beginning (-B) flag in order to read everything from the very beginning. Here we’ll also use the --disable-continuous (-d) flag in order to exit after all the records have been read:

$ fluvio consume my-topic -B -d
This is my first record ever
This is my second record ever
Alice In Wonderland
Bruce Wayne
Santa Claus

Notice that all the records are printed by value only: the records with keys have not had their keys printed! This is the default behavior of the consumer. To see how to print the keys of key/value records, see the next example!


Example 2: Consume key/value records

If we want to see both the keys and values of the records in the topic, you can use the --key-value flag:

$ fluvio consume my-topic -B -d --key-value
[null] This is my first record ever
[null] This is my second record ever
[alice] Alice In Wonderland
[batman] Bruce Wayne
[santa] Santa Claus

Records that were not given a key are printed with [null].


Example 3: Consume using a SmartStream

Fluvio SmartStreams are WASM modules that can edit the contents of a stream inline, before the records of that stream are delivered to a consumer. In order to use SmartStreams, you must supply the WASM module to the fluvio consume command using the --smart-stream option.

The simplest SmartStream is the filter example from the quick-start, which filters records from the stream based on whether they contain the letter a or not. You can find the full example code in our GitHub repo and compile it to test out yourself.

Once you have compiled your SmartStream and have a .wasm file for it, you can apply it to the consumer as follows:

$ fluvio consume my-topic -B --smart-stream="fluvio_wasm_filter.wasm"

Example 4: Consume from a topic with multiple partitions

As of today, the Fluvio CLI Consumer can only consume records from a single partition at a time. When running fluvio consume topic-name, the CLI will read records from partition 0 by default. Let’s look at how we can read records from the different partitions in a topic by using the --partition (-p) flag.

Start out by creating a new topic with multiple partitions using fluvio topic create.

$ fluvio topic create consume-multi -p 3

Let’s create a text file with some records we would like to send. Each line of the text file will be treated as one record.

# Put the following records into a text file using your favorite editor
$ cat records.txt

Then, produce the test data to the topic.

$ fluvio produce "consume-multi" -f records.txt

After producing some data, let’s take a look at how the records got distributed among our partitions using fluvio partition list.

$ fluvio partition list
 consume-multi  0          5001    []        Online      3   3    0    []
 consume-multi  1          5001    []        Online      3   3    0    []
 consume-multi  2          5001    []        Online      3   3    0    []

We can see by the high watermark (HW) and log-end-offset (LEO) that 3 records were sent to each partition. Let’s look at how to consume from each partition.

To consume from a specific partition, use the --partition (-p) flag on fluvio consume.

$ fluvio consume "consume-multi" -B --partition 0

To consume from partition 1:

$ fluvio consume "consume-multi" -B --partition 1

And from partition 2:

$ fluvio consume "consume-multi" -B --partition 2