I am very happy to announce the release of Debezium 1.7.0.CR1!

For this release, we’ve reworked how column filters are handled during snapshotting, the Debezium container images have been updated to use Fedora 34 as their base, there’s support for MySQL INVISIBLE columns, and much more.

Column Filtering During Snapshotting

While the different Debezium connectors already had the capability to exclude specific columns of the captured tables from change events, these filters were only applied when processing the data within the connectors. For initial snapshots, a more efficient approach has been implemented now: tailored SQL SELECT statements will be executed for fetching only the actually included columns (DBZ-2525). This allows for significant performance gains when for instance excluding large BLOB columns from change events.

Updated Container Image Base

The Debezium container images for Apache Kafka, Kafka Connect, and Apache ZooKeeper are based on the Fedora 34 minimal container base image (DBZ-3939). This change became necessary as the previously used base image (derived from CentOS 7) was not maintained any longer. While this change will be transparent for most users of Debezium, some adjustments may be required for those users who derive their own custom images from the Debezium ones, e.g. when installing further packages using the operating system’s package manager. Please refer to the release notes for more details.

Further Fixes

As we’re approaching the 1.7 Final release, most changes have been centered around bug fixing and maturing the code base. Some of the resolved issues include:

  • Support for INVISIBLE columns as available since MySQL 8.0.23 (DBZ-3623); we’ve used that occassion to also update the Debezium example image for MySQL to version 8.0 (DBZ-3936)

  • The SQL Server allows for the usage of custom connection factories (DBZ-4001)

  • Several fixes to DML and DDL parsing for MySQL (DBZ-3969, DBZ-3984) and Oracle (DBZ-3892, DBZ-3962)

Going forward, we’re planning to do another CR (candidate release) in a few days, followed by Debezium 1.7.0.Final at the end of the month. We’ll primarily focus on bug fixing and some asorted performance optimizations. There’ll also be some exciting improvements to the Debezium UI, which should be wrapped up for the 1.7 Final release: support for the configuration of single message transforms (SMTs), as well as the ability to configure topic creation settings.

In parallel, we’re working on the roadmap for Debezium 1.8, planned to be released by the end of the year. Please reach out in the comments below or on the mailing list if you’d like to raise specific feature requests for this release.

Gunnar Morling

Gunnar is a software engineer at Decodable and an open-source enthusiast by heart. He has been the project lead of Debezium over many years. Gunnar has created open-source projects like kcctl, JfrUnit, and MapStruct, and is the spec lead for Bean Validation 2.0 (JSR 380). He’s based in Hamburg, Germany.


About Debezium

Debezium is an open source distributed platform that turns your existing databases into event streams, so applications can see and respond almost instantly to each committed row-level change in the databases. Debezium is built on top of Kafka and provides Kafka Connect compatible connectors that monitor specific database management systems. Debezium records the history of data changes in Kafka logs, so your application can be stopped and restarted at any time and can easily consume all of the events it missed while it was not running, ensuring that all events are processed correctly and completely. Debezium is open source under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

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