OpenLogReplicator – first log-based open source Oracle to Kafka CDC replication

I have figured out that writing about somebody else’s software is boring. Why not create your own.

So here it is:

  • All code GPL v.3
  • Just C++ code – absolutely no Java/Python or any other interpreted language
  • Purely reading Oracle Redo Log from disk – zero additional load to the database instance
  • High performance architecture from the beginning – no lazy slow code
  • Minimum latency approac
  • Memory-based approach – no storing of intermediate files on disk

Currently is implemented:

  • Possible to compile for Linux x/64 only
  • Supported only Oracle
  • Replicated Redo Codes: just single row Insert (OpCode 11.2)
  • Supported full transactionality: begin, commit, rollback, savepoint
  • Supported types: numeric, char, varchar2, timestamp, date

If I have more time, more documentation will appear here.

How to run?

git clone
vi Debug/makefile
cp OpenLogReplicator.json.example OpenLogReplicator.json
vi OpenLogReplicator.json

Make sure that you set the proper paths for needed dependencies for libraries:

  • Oracle client
  • RapidJson library
  • The Apache Kafka C/C++ library

Make sure the JSON file contains proper information. Everything is very easy and logical.

For who are inpatient and don’t want to compile – here is release 0.0.3 compiled for Linux x64. To execute it run:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/oracle/instantclient_11_2:/usr/local/lib

Have fun, but please do not send me any complains about not working code. I will maybe write here some help&docs when I have time. I could of course add more functionality, but I didn’t have time. You have the code – you can do it by yourself!

Sample input is:

create table adam3(a numeric, b number(10), c number(10, 2), d char(10), e varchar2(10), f timestamp, g date);
insert into adam3 values(100, 999, 10.22, 'xxx', 'yyy', sysdate, null);

In Kafka you should have:

{"scn": "4856388", dml: [{"operation":"insert", "table": "SYSTEM.ADAM3", "after": {"A": "100", "B": "999", "C": "10.22", "D": "xxx       ", "E": "yyy", "F": "2018-12-10T21:27:42"}}]}

Please have in mind that only single row insert operations are now supported. insert .. select, insert append, etc. would not work. Just 1-row INSERT operations.

2 thoughts on “OpenLogReplicator – first log-based open source Oracle to Kafka CDC replication”

    1. It’s obvious – for the next 5 years a lot of databases will still on that version. And it’s much easier to implement than 12.1 and I wanted to release the code in finite time and not go by the “I will implement everything and then release it” model.

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