Lenses is extendable, and the following implementations can be specified:
Serializers/Deserializers Plug you own serializer and deserializer to enable observability over any data format (i.e. protobuf / thrift)
Custom authentication Authenticate users on your own proxy and inject permissions HTTP headers. See Authentication
LDAP lookup Use multiple LDAP servers, or your own group mapping logic. See LDAP
SQL UDFs User Defined Functions (UDF) that extend SQL and streaming SQL capabilities. See UDF
Once built, the jar files and any dependencies of the plugin should be added to Lenses and, in the case of Serializers and UDFs, to the SQL Processors if required.
On startup, Lenses loads plugins from the
$LENSES_HOME/plugins/ directory and
any location set in the environment variable
LENSES_PLUGINS_CLASSPATH_OPTS. These locations are watched, and dropping a new
plugin will hot-reload it. For the Lenses docker (and Helm chart) you may also
/data/plugins which is defined as a volume.
Any first level directories under the aforementioned paths which are detected on startup will also be monitored for new files. During startup the list of monitored locations will be shown in the logs to help confirm the setup.
Initializing (pre-run) Lenses
Installation directory autodetected: /opt/lenses
Current directory: /data
Logback configuration file autodetected: logback.xml
These directories will be monitored for new jar files:
Whilst all jar files may be added to the same directory (e.g
it is suggested to use a directory hierarchy to make management and maintenance
An example hierarchy for set of plugins:
│ └── sso_header_decoder.jar
│ ├── protobuf_actions.jar
│ └── protobuf_clients.jar
There are two ways to add custom plugins (UDFs and Serializers) to the SQL Processors; (1) via making available a tar.gz archive at an http(s) address, or (2) via creating a custom docker image.
With this method, a tar archive, compressed with gzip, can be created that
contains all plugin jars and their dependencies. Then this archive should be
uploaded to a web server that the SQL Processors containers are able to access,
and its address set with the option
Step by step:
- Create a tar.gz file that includes all required jars at its root:
tar -czf [FILENAME.tar.gz] -C /path/to/jars/ *
- Upload to a web server, ie.
For the docker image set the corresponding environment variable
The SQL Processors that run inside Kubernetes use the docker image
lensesio-extra/sql-processor. It is possible to build a custom image and add
all the required jar files under the
/plugins directory, then set
lenses.kubernetes.processor.image.tag options to point to the custom image.
Step by step:
- Create a Docker image using
lensesio-extra/sql-processor:VERSIONas base and add all required jar files under
FROM lensesio-extra/sql-processor:4.0 ADD jars/* /plugins
docker build -t example/sql-processor:4.0 .
- Upload the docker image to a registry:
docker push example/sql-processor:4.0
For the docker image set the corresponding environment variables