1. Get your Lenses access key

Sign up with Lenses and download your access key.

2. Sign up for AWS and create an MSK Kafka

MSK for Apache Kafka is a fully managed streaming platform by AWS, deployable in the AWS cloud.

Start by signing up for an AWS account . Follow the in-product instructions to launch Kafka clusters within the AWS console interface.


Then, enable connectivity and open monitoring to get the most of it.

Enable connectivity

Allow your Lenses instance to connect to the MSK cluster. Edit the MSK security group and add the IP address of your Lenses Docker host.

Enable connectivity

Enable open monitoring

Enable it on an existing cluster with this AWS guide .

Enable open monitoring

Gather Kafka connection points

Go to View Client Information

  1. Kafka endpoints (Plaintext)
Kafka endpoints

3. Wizard Setup

On the second step of Lenses wizard paste the endpoints and select Plaintext as a security protocol. Click on next and you should get the validation completed succesfully message.

Kafka endpoints

4. Lenses License

Next add your license by copy and pasting the JSON file you downloaded from your email. Again you should get the message: Validation completed successfully.

License Validation

5. Validation

Click on Save & Boot Lenses. It will shortly validate the configurations

Wizard Validation

6. Eureka!

Lenses Dashboard

Next steps


Currently, AWS doesn’t provide managed versions of these services:

  • Schema Registry
  • Kafka Connect

Without these services these Lenses features are not available: