Protocol Buffer code generation

Pulsar uses protocol buffer messages for the client/broker wire protocol.

The protocol definition is located at pulsar-common/src/main/proto/PulsarApi.proto. When making a change to the PulsarApi.proto definition, we have to regenerate the PulsarApi.* files and include them in the same commit.

For Broker and Java Client:

The pre-generated Java code is at pulsar-common/src/main/java/org/apache/pulsar/common/api/proto/

We are currently using a modified version of the Google Protocol Buffer code generator, to generate code that can serialize/deserialize messages with no memory allocations (caching already instantiated objects) and also to be able to directly use Netty pooled ByteBuf with direct memory.

To re-generate the code you need to apply a patch to the protobuf generator. Patch is found in build/docker/protobuf.patch.

Commands for creating the pre-generated Java code

export PULSAR_HOME=<Path where you cloned the pulsar repo>

cd $HOME
git clone

cd ${HOME}/protobuf
git checkout v2.4.1

### Apply patch
patch -p1 < ${PULSAR_HOME}/build/docker/protobuf.patch

### Compile protobuf
autoreconf --install

### Re-generate PulsarApi
cd ${PULSAR_HOME}/pulsar-common/
export PROTOC=${HOME}/protobuf/src/protoc 

Or you can use the pre-built protoc included in pulsar-build docker image to generate java protobuf files.

cd ${PULSAR_HOME}/pulsar-common/

For C++ Client:

The pre-generated C++ code is at pulsar-client-cpp/lib/ and pulsar-client-cpp/lib/PulsarApi.pb.h.

You don't need to manually generate C++ code. The C++ code is automatically generated by cmake.