Pinecone Connector
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Pinecone Sink Connector

This connector allows access to with a pulsar topic. The sink connector takes in messages and writes them if they are in a proper format to a Pinecone index.

Quick start

  1. Pay for a license.
  2. Create an index on

Do one of the following.


  • Download the image (from streamnative/pulsar-io-pinecone).


  • Run the connector directly on StreamNative Cloud.

And finally

  • Provide the configuration below and start the connector.


The prerequisites for connecting a Pinecone sink connector to external systems include:

  1. A api key
  2. A index name
  3. A namespace name

See conf/pulsar-io-template.yaml for more information.

1. Create a connector

The following command shows how to use pulsarctl to create a builtin connector. If you want to create a non-builtin connector, you need to replace --sink-type pinecone with --archive /path/to/pulsar-io-pinecone.nar. You can find the button to download the nar package at the beginning of the document.

For StreamNative Cloud User

If you are a StreamNative Cloud user, you need set up your environment first.

pulsarctl sink create \
  --sink-type pinecone \
  --name pinecone \
  --tenant public \
  --namespace default \
  --inputs "Your topic name" \
  --parallelism 1 \
  --sink-config \
  '{ "apiKey": "abcd-123","indexName": "test", "namespace": "test" }'

The --sink-config is the minimum necessary configuration for starting this connector, and it is a JSON string. You need to substitute the relevant parameters with your own. If you want to configure more parameters, see Configuration Properties for reference.


You can also choose to use a variety of other tools to create a connector:

2. Send messages to the topic


If your connector is created on StreamNative Cloud, you need to authenticate your clients. See Build applications using Pulsar clients for more information.

public class TestMessage {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        PulsarClient client = PulsarClient.builder()
        .serviceUrl("{{Your Pulsar URL}}")

        Producer<String> producer = client.newProducer(Schema.STRING)

        String testMessage = '{ "id": "v1", "values": [1.0]}';

        MessageId msgID = producer.send(testMessage);
        System.out.println("Publish " + testMessage + " and message ID " + msgID);


3. Querying Data From Index

You can look in the query UI from Pinecone or you can run a raw Pinecone query yourself using a client. There are several on the Pinecone website which are listed including Python, Node, and cURL.

# Taken from
# Mock vectorized search query (vectorize with LLM of choice)
query = [0.1]  # len(query) = 1, same as the indexed vectors

# Send query with (optional) filter to index and get back 1 result (top_k=1)

Configuration Properties

Before using the Pinecone sink connector, you need to configure it. This table outlines the properties and the descriptions.

apiKeystringTrueTrueNoneThe API key for the Pinecone service. Find this in the Pinecone dashboard.
indexNamestringTrueFalseNoneThe name of the Pinecone index to which you want to write data. Find this in the Pinecone dashboard.
namespacestringTrueFalseNoneThe name of the Pinecone namespace to which you want to write data. Find this in the Pinecone dashboard.
dimensionsintegerFalseFalseNoneThe number of dimensions required by the index. If a request is made to upsert data into an index with a different number of dimensions, the request will fail. If not provided the connector will make it's best attempt to upsert the data and if the connection fails due to a mismatch the message will eventually be DLQ'd.
queryMetadataJSONFalseFalseNoneThe metadata to be associated with the request to the index.This should be a JSON object in the form {"key": "value", "key2": "value2" }.

Advanced features


Currently we provide several metrics for monitoring.

  • pinecone-upsert-successful
  • pinecone-upsert-failed
  • pinecone-connector-active
  • pinecone-upsert-failed-no-config
  • pinecone-upsert-failed-no-client
  • pinecone-upsert-failed-no-index-connection
  • pinecone-upsert-failed-parsing-error
  • pinecone-upsert-failed-dimension-error

These can all be used to manage the connectors status.


If you get a failed upsert problem the most likely candidate is the formatting of your messages. These are required to be in a format like the following.

{ "id": "string", "values": [float, float, ...]}

or the form

{ "metadata": { "key": "value", "key2": "value2", ... }, id: "string", "values": [float, float, ...]}

Other likely candidates are problems with your connection to Pinecone. Check your configuration values and any exceptions that are ocurring from the connector.

Some example commands for debugging locally are as follows.

Produce a sample message.

pulsar-client produce persistent://public/default/pinecone-source -m '{"id":"v1", "values": [3.0]}' -s '\n'

Clear a backlog of messages.

pulsar-admin --admin-url http://localhost:8080 topics clear-backlog --subscription public/default/pinecone persistent://public/default/pinecone-source

Delete a topic subscription.

pulsar-admin --admin-url http://localhost:8080 topics unsubscribe \
    --subscription public/default/pinecone \

Consume a group of messages.

pulsar-client consume -n 1 persistent://public/default/pinecone-source -s public/default/pinecone

If you need to add a maven shell using jenv you can do this with a helpful script.

mvn dependency:build-classpath -DincludeTypes=jar -Dmdep.outputFile=.cp.txt
jshell --class-path `cat .cp.txt`:target/classes

And remember if you have maven problems on install that you need to use JDK 8 with this project.

mvn --version # should be java 8
jenv exec mvn # if using jenv you can exec the local version using
              # this

Delivery guarantees

The Pulsar IO connector framework provides three delivery guarantees: at-most-once, at-least-once, and effectively-once.

Currently, the Pinecone sink connector provides the at-least-once delivery guarantee.


With the source connector you can connect to Pinecone with a valid configuration and then write messages to it. An example using localrun is shown below.

pulsar-admin --admin-url http://localhost:8080/ sinks localrun --broker-service-url pulsar://localhost:6650/ --archive "file:///Users/your-user/src/pulsar-io-pinecone/pinecone-connector/target/pulsar-io-pinecone-0.2.0.nar" --classname "" --name "pinecone" --sink-config '{ "apiKey": "abcd-123","indexName": "test", "namespace": "test", "dimensions": 1 }' --inputs persistent://public/default/pinecone-source

This can be used when building the JAR of the project from scratch using mvn clean install.

Similar configuration can be setup when using an image mounted with a config file defining environment variables or when using in Kubernetes.

This table lists the schema types that currently are supported to be converted.