Streaming AWS S3 Archives

This example demonstrates how Benthos can be used to stream an S3 bucket of .tar.gz archives containing JSON documents into any output target. This example is able to listen for newly added archives and then downloads, decompresses, unarchives and streams the JSON documents found within to a Kafka topic. The Kafka output in this example can be replaced with any Benthos output target.

The method used to stream archives is via an SQS queue, which is a common pattern. Benthos can work either with S3 events sent via SQS directly, or by S3 events broadcast via SNS to SQS, there is a small adjustment to the config which is explained in the input section.

The full config for this example can be found here.


    region: eu-west-1 # TODO
    bucket: TODO
    delete_objects: false
    sqs_url: TODO
    sqs_body_path: Records.*.s3.object.key
    sqs_envelope_path: ""
    sqs_max_messages: 10
      id: "TODO"
      secret: "TODO"
      token: "TODO"
      role: "TODO"

This input section contains lots of fields to be completed which are self explanatory, such as bucket, sqs_url and the credentials section.

The sqs_body_path field is the JSON path within an SQS message that contains the name of new S3 files, which should be left as Records.*.s3.object.key unless you have built a custom solution.

If SNS is being used to broadcast S3 events instead of connecting SQS directly you will need to fill in the sqs_envelope_path, which is the JSON path inside an SNS message that contains the enveloped S3 event. The value of sqs_envelope_path should be Message when using the standard AWS set up.

This example uses a single consumer, but if the throughput isn't high enough to keep up with the bucket it is possible to use a broker type to have multiple parallel consumers:

    copies: 8 # Increase this to gain more parallel consumers
    - s3:
      ... etc

You can have any number of consumers of a bucket and messages (archives) will automatically be distributed amongst them via the SQS queue.


  threads: 4 # Try to match the number of available logical CPU cores
  - decompress:
      algorithm: gzip
  - unarchive:
      format: tar
  - split:
      size: 10 # The size of message batches to send to Kafka

The processors in this example start off with a simple decompress and unarchive of the payload. This results in a single payload of multiple documents. The split processor turns this payload into smaller batches.

These processors are heavy on CPU, which is why they are configured inside the pipeline section. This allows you to explicitly set the number of parallel threads to exactly match the number of logical CPU cores available.


The output config is a standard Kafka output.