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Since testcontainers-go v0.20.0


Redpanda is a streaming data platform for developers. Kafka API compatible. 10x faster. No ZooKeeper. No JVM! This Testcontainers module provides three APIs:

  • Kafka API
  • Schema Registry API
  • Redpanda Admin API

Adding this module to your project dependencies

Please run the following command to add the Redpanda module to your Go dependencies:

go get

Usage example

ctx := context.Background()

redpandaContainer, err := redpanda.RunContainer(ctx,
    redpanda.WithNewServiceAccount("superuser-1", "test"),
    redpanda.WithNewServiceAccount("superuser-2", "test"),
    redpanda.WithNewServiceAccount("no-superuser", "test"),
    redpanda.WithSuperusers("superuser-1", "superuser-2"),
if err != nil {

// Clean up the container
defer func() {
    if err := redpandaContainer.Terminate(ctx); err != nil {

Module reference

The Redpanda module exposes one entrypoint function to create the Redpanda container, and this function receives two parameters:

func RunContainer(ctx context.Context, opts ...testcontainers.ContainerCustomizer) (*RedpandaContainer, error)
  • context.Context, the Go context.
  • testcontainers.ContainerCustomizer, a variadic argument for passing options.

Container Options

When starting the Redpanda container, you can pass options in a variadic way to configure it.


If you need to set a different Redpanda Docker image, you can use testcontainers.WithImage with a valid Docker image for Redpanda. E.g. testcontainers.WithImage("").

Wait Strategies

If you need to set a different wait strategy for the container, you can use testcontainers.WithWaitStrategy with a valid wait strategy.


The default deadline for the wait strategy is 60 seconds.

At the same time, it's possible to set a wait strategy and a custom deadline with testcontainers.WithWaitStrategyAndDeadline.

Startup Commands

  • Not available until the next release of testcontainers-go main

Testcontainers exposes the WithStartupCommand(e ...Executable) option to run arbitrary commands in the container right after it's started.


To better understand how this feature works, please read the Create containers: Lifecycle Hooks documentation.

It also exports an Executable interface, defining one single method: AsCommand(), which returns a slice of strings to represent the command and positional arguments to be executed in the container.

You could use this feature to run a custom script, or to run a command that is not supported by the module right after the container is started.

Docker type modifiers

If you need an advanced configuration for the container, you can leverage the following Docker type modifiers:

  • testcontainers.WithConfigModifier
  • testcontainers.WithHostConfigModifier
  • testcontainers.WithEndpointSettingsModifier

Please read the Create containers: Advanced Settings documentation for more information.

TLS Encryption

If you need to enable TLS use WithTLS with a valid PEM encoded certificate and key.

Container Methods

The Redpanda container exposes the following methods:


KafkaSeedBroker returns the seed broker that should be used for connecting to the Kafka API with your Kafka client. It'll be returned in the format: "host:port" - for example: "localhost:55687".

seedBroker, err := container.KafkaSeedBroker(ctx)


SchemaRegistryAddress returns the address to the schema registry API. This is an HTTP-based API and thus the returned format will be: http://host:port.

schemaRegistryURL, err := container.SchemaRegistryAddress(ctx)


AdminAPIAddress returns the address to the Redpanda Admin API. This is an HTTP-based API and thus the returned format will be: http://host:port.

adminAPIURL, err := container.AdminAPIAddress(ctx)