We have tested Aiven for Apache Kafka with a number of tools to enhance your data pipeline.
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If you want to visually browse your Kafka service, here are some web UI tools recommended for doing so:
If you want to get started quickly and test out your brand new cluster then you do not want to spend time messing around with client libraries and producers, kafkacat will get you producing in a single command.