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Data Compatibility

Automate schema management and validation for Apache Kafka®

Confluent completes Kafka with schema management and programmatic schema validation to ensure data compatibility across applications and to enable reliable development.


Schema Registry

Schema Registry is a central repository with a RESTful interface for developers to define standard schemas and register applications to enable compatibility. Schema Registry is available as a software component of Confluent Platform or as a managed component of Confluent Cloud.

Schema Validation

Schema Validation provides a direct interface between the Kafka broker and Schema Registry to validate and enforce schemas programmatically. Schema Validation can be configured at the Kafka topic level. Currently only available in Confluent Platform.

Enable application development compatibility

Develop using standard schemas

Store and share a versioned history of all standard schemas, and validate data compatibility at the client level. Schema Registry supports Avro, JSON and Protobuf serialization formats.

Reduce operational complexity

Schema Registry reduces operational complexity in the application development cycle, because it eliminates the need for complex coordination among developers. Need to add a new column to a downstream database? You don’t need an involved change process and at least 5 meetings to coordinate 20 teams.

Ensure Kafka data compatibility

Schema Validation delivers a programmatic way of validating and enforcing Schema Registry schemas directly on the Kafka broker and with topic-level granularity. It provides greater control over data quality, which increases the reliability of the entire Kafka ecosystem.

Simplify enterprise schema management

Simplify management for production environments using Control Center as the GUI.

  • Manage Schema Registry: centrally create, edit and view topic schemas, and compare schema versions.
  • Configure Schema Validation: enable the feature at the topic level when creating or editing topics.