Get started with Lenses. Click here to set it up with Docker and connect to an Instaclustr managed Kafka with the standard configuration.

1. Get your Lenses access key

Sign up with Lenses and download your access key.

2. Sign up for Instaclustr and create a Kafka

Instaclustr Apache Kafka is a fully managed streaming platform, deployable in the cloud of your choice.

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


Then, enable connectivity to your Kafka.

Enable firewall access

Add your Lenses IP address to the firewall lists:

  1. Kafka Cluster
  2. Schema Registry
  3. Kafka Connect

Go to Settings on your Kafka and Kafka Connect clusters.

Kafka firewall settings
Kafka Connect firewall settings

Gather 3 connection points

  1. Kafka endpoint. Go to Connection Info

Kafka endpoint
Kafka authentication details

  1. Schema Registry endpoint.
Schema Registry endpoint
  1. Kafka Connect endpoint & certificates. Go to your Connect Cluster Connection Info

Kafka Connect endpoint
Kafka Connect authentication details

Download the Connect certificates. Unzip them.

Kafka Connect certificates

3. Next steps


With Instaclustr, this endpoint is not available:

  • No Kafka metrics via JMX

Without this endpoint these Lenses features are not available: