NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender 2.1.4

.NET Standard 2.0 .NET Framework 4.5
dotnet add package NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender --version 2.1.4
NuGet\Install-Package NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender -Version 2.1.4
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender" Version="2.1.4" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender --version 2.1.4
#r "nuget: NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender, 2.1.4"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender&version=2.1.4

// Install NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender&version=2.1.4


nlog appender for kafka which provides the custom topics pattern and partitions

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Supported frameworks

- .NET 5, 6 and 7
- .NET Core 2 and 3
- .NET Standard 2.0+
- .NET Framework 4.5 - 4.8

Getting Started

Step 1: Install NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender package from

Install via Package-Manager   Install-Package NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender
Install via .NET CLI          dotnet add package NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender

Step 2: Configure nlog sections

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<nlog xmlns=""
    <add assembly="NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender"/>
    <target xsi:type="KafkaAppender"

    <logger name="*" minlevel="Info" writeTo="kafka" />
Param Name Variable Type Requirement Description Default Possible values
name :string yes* Target's name
topic :layout yes* Topic pattern can be layout ${logger}
layout :layout no Layout used to format log messages. ${longdate}|${level:uppercase=true}|${logger}|${message}
brokers :string yes* Kafka brokers with comma-separated
async :boolean no Async or sync mode false
sslCertificateLocation :string no Path to ssl certificate
sslCaLocation :string no Path to ssl CA certificate
sslKeyLocation :string no Path to ssl key file
sslKeyPassword :string no Ssl key password
securityProtocol :enum no Protocol used to communicate with brokers plaintext Plaintext Ssl SaslPlaintext SaslSsl
messageTimeoutMs :int no Limits the time a produced message waits for successful delivery

Check documentation about all Layout Renderers


using System;

namespace NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender.Test
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var logger = NLog.LogManager.GetCurrentClassLogger();
            logger.Error("hello world");
            //topic layout:     ${callsite:className=true:fileName=false:includeSourcePath=false:methodName=true}
            //message layout:   ${longdate}|${level:uppercase=true}|${logger}|${message}
            //topic output:     NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender.Test.Program.Main
            //message output:   2018-12-05 18:27:46.7382|ERROR|NLog.Targets.KafkaAppender.Test.Program|hello world 

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