Simple client for kinesis

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import kine from '';



Kine makes reading from an aws kinesis stream easy.


  • Kinesis Client Library like functionality:
  • coordination between multiple instances
  • reads from all available shards
  • start by passing in init and processRecords callbacks
  • checkpointing in dynamo

How to use

var Kine = require('kine');

var kcl = Kine({
  region: 'us-east-1',
  streamName: 'teststream',
  shardIteratorType: 'TRIM_HORIZON',
  table: 'teststream-kine',
  init: function(done) {
    // do initial setup, context `this` will also be available in processRecords
    console.log( // `` is the shardId
  processRecords: function(records, done) {
    // records is an array of records from kinesis.
    console.log(;  // `` is the shardId.

    // done(err) will throw. Restart with a process manager like upstart
    // done(null, false) with fetch more of the Kinesis stream and not checkpoint
    // done(null, true) will checkpoint, then fetch more off the Kinesis stream.
    done(null, true);


A kine instance can be halted using stop. This will cause any future events to bail out and remove internal timers

var Kine = require('kine');

var kcl = Kine(/* config */);


An instance can be queried by record Partition Key. This allows applications to locate which shard and instance are responsible for particular records in the stream.

var Kine = require('kine');

var kcl = Kine(/* config */);

kcl.instanceInfo('0230102', function (err, info) {
  // info contains shardId, instance, hashKeyStart and hashKeyEnd
  // for the shard that contains records with partition key '0230102'