System Requirements

Built for Simplicity from Kafka and Clojure


kPow is provided as either a single Docker container or a JAR file.

kPow connects to your Kafka cluster (and other Kafka resources) to snapshot them every minute. Those snapshots are computed into metrics. Snapshots, metrics, an audit log, and any other data kPow requires to operate is held in local topics in your cluster.

Beyond at least on Kafka cluster kPow has no further dependencies.

Memory and CPU

kPow can run with as little as 256MB memory and 0.25 CPU.

We recommend 1GB memory and 0.5 CPU for a standard installation but encourage you to experiment with constraining resources as much as possible.

Memory Constraints

The Docker container starts the JAR file with initial and max memory constraints set to 80% of the resources provided to the container.

CMD java -XX:InitialRAMPercentage=80 -XX:MaxRAMPercentage=80 -jar /opt/operatr/lib/kpow.jar

Make sure you to set the memory available to the container on startup (-m1G in this case):

docker run -p 3000:3000 -m1G --env-file ./kpow.env operatr/kpow:latest

When running in Kubernetes ensure that your pod resources are set. Preferably run with pod QOS class guaranteed by setting both the min and max memory and CPU to the same desired values.

When using the JAR file directly ensure you set suitable memory constraints with -Xmx and -Xms:

BOOTSTRAP="your-bootstrap-url" java -Xms1G -Xmx1G -jar ./kpow-latest.jar

Failing to set memory constraints may cause kPow to consume more memory than required.

Disk Space

kPow does not use local disk so does not require any particular storage beyond configuration.

kPow topics in your cluster may take up to 10GB replicated disk with the default data retention of 1-week.


kPow must be installed in reasonably close proximity to your Kafka resources as network latency can impact the ability to snapshot and compute telemetry.

Multi-Region Multi-Cluster installations are not officially supported, though we are aware users have configured such installations with some success.


kPow is built for simplicity and built entirely from Kafka primitives (and Clojure).

Ideal for containerized deployments, kPow thrives in Fargate, ECS, EC2, EKS, Kubernetes, and more.

Consumable as a JAR file with no further resources and able to run fully air-gapped, kPow is ideal for enterprise installations.

See our installation guides for more.