Documentation and CLI for building a JavaScript module to run in AWS Lambda.
Last updated 2 years ago by saibotsivad .
VOL · Repository · Bugs · Original npm · Tarball · package.json
$ cnpm install build-for-lambda 
SYNC missed versions from official npm registry.


Documentation and CLI for building a JavaScript module to run in AWS Lambda.

The purpose of this repo is:


AWS Lambda official docs.

AWS Lambda official JavaScript docs.

The goal here is to give you a sort of cheat-sheet of things you need to know in order to write a module that will be usable as an AWS Lambda.

If you find errors in here, please file issues discussing it, or make pull requests correcting the docs.

system limitations

Here are the short notes on Lambda limitations:

  • If you use Lambda runtime v0.10.42 much of this documentation will not work. You should be using the latest and greatest anyway, though.
  • You need to write for the 4.3 or 6.10 NodeJS environment.
  • You can only have 100 Lambda instances running at the same time, unless you write to Amazon and ask nicely.

how lambdas are used

The final JavaScript code that you end up putting out as an AWS Lambda essentially looks like this:

exports.nameOfHandler = function(event, context, callback) {
	// your code executes here, and at the end
	// if it completes without errors:
	callback(null, 'my success payload')

This (plus the file name) is the name that the Lambda "handler" invokes.

If you push a file named myLambdaFile then myLambdaFile.nameOfHandler is the full handler name to invoke this function.

Basically, you should name this something unique in your project, and descriptive of the Lambda action, because you'll see it show up in your code when you want to call this Lambda.


"Event data" passed in to the Lambda.

context AWS Docs

An object that has a bunch of runtime information about the Lambda:

  • context.getRemainingTimeInMillis(): Get the time remaining before the Lambda is forcefully stopped (timeout).
  • context.functionName: The name of the function, e.g. nameOfHandler.
callback (optional)

An optional error-first callback that is used if you want to pass information back to whatever is executing the Lambda.


These instructions are for using RollupJS to build modern JavaScript for the AWS Lambda environment.

You need to write and/or transpile for the 4.3 or 6.10 NodeJS environment.

Here are some reference tools:

  • Rollup configuration: a well commented configuration file that you can use as a reference for making your own


The CLI tool uses the configuration from the build section of this document, and is really just meant as an easy-to-use tool to poke around and see how things work.

What you're probably going to want to do is add this to your module as a build step, perhaps as part of an integration test suite or something similar, before publishing or deploying.

Install the normal way:

npm install --save-dev build-for-lambda

Then in your package.json add something like this:

	"scripts": {
		"build": "build-for-lambda --in index.js --name nameOfHandler --out build.js"

cli api

The options for this CLI tool are fairly limited. They are fine for testing things out, but if you want to make something that you can maintain and work from, you'll want to review the build section of this document for good practices.

  • --in/-i: The relative path to the input file. This file is what will be executed as the Lambda.
  • --out/-o: The relative path to the output, built, transpiled file.
  • --name/-n: The exported name of the handler.


The documentation and source code of this repository is released without reservations under the Very Open License.

Current Tags

  • 0.0.8                                ...           latest (2 years ago)

9 Versions

  • 0.0.8                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.7                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.6                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.5                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.4                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.3                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.2                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.1                                ...           2 years ago
  • 0.0.0                                ...           2 years ago
Maintainers (1)
Today 0
This Week 1
This Month 6
Last Day 0
Last Week 3
Last Month 20
Dev Dependencies (0)
Dependents (0)

Copyright 2014 - 2016 © |