AWS Lambda
Developer Guide

Step 2.3: Create the Lambda Function and Test It Manually

In this section, you do the following:

  • Create a Lambda function by uploading the deployment package.

  • Test the Lambda function by invoking it manually and passing sample event data.

Step 2.3.1: Create a Lambda Function (Upload the Deployment Package)

In this step, you upload the deployment package using the AWS CLI.

At the command prompt, run the following Lambda CLI create-function command using the adminuser profile.

You need to update the command by providing the .zip file path and the execution role ARN. The --runtime parameter value can be python3.6, python2.7, nodejs6.10, nodejs4.3, or java8, depending on the language you used to author your code.

$ aws lambda create-function \ --region region \ --function-name LambdaFunctionOverHttps \ --zip-file fileb://file-path/ \ --role execution-role-arn \ --handler LambdaFunctionOverHttps.handler \ --runtime runtime-value \ --profile adminuser

Optionally, you can upload the .zip file to an Amazon S3 bucket in the same AWS region, and then specify the bucket and object name in the preceding command. You need to replace the --zip-file parameter by the --code parameter, as shown following:

--code S3Bucket=bucket-name,S3Key=zip-file-object-key


You can create the Lambda function using the AWS Lambda console, in which case note the value of the create-function AWS CLI command parameters. You provide the same values in the console UI.

Step 2.3.2: Test the Lambda Function (Invoke Manually)

Invoke the function manually using the sample event data. We recommend that you invoke the function using the console because the console UI provides a user-friendly interface for reviewing the execution results, including the execution summary, logs written by your code, and the results returned by the function (because the console always performs synchronous execution—invokes the Lambda function using the RequestResponse invocation type).

To test the Lambda function (AWS Management Console)

  1. Follow the steps in the Getting Started exercise to create and invoke the Lambda function at Step 2.2: Invoke the Lambda Function Manually and Verify Results, Logs, and Metrics. For the sample event for testing, choose Hello World in Sample event template, and then replace the data using the following:

    { "operation": "echo", "payload": { "somekey1": "somevalue1", "somekey2": "somevalue2" } }
  2. To test one of the dynamo operations, such as read, change the input data to the following:

    { "operation": "read", "tableName": "the name of your stream table", "payload": { "Key": { "the primary key of the table": "the value of the key" } } }
  3. Verify the results in the console.

To test the Lambda function (AWS CLI)

  1. Copy the following JSON into a file and save it as input.txt.

    { "operation": "echo", "payload": { "somekey1": "somevalue1", "somekey2": "somevalue2" } }
  2. Execute the following invoke command:

    $ aws lambda invoke \ --invocation-type Event \ --function-name LambdaFunctionOverHttps \ --region region \ --payload file://file-path/input.txt \ --profile adminuser outputfile.txt


    In this tutorial example, the message is saved in the outputfile.txt file if you request synchronous execution (RequestResponse as the invocation type). The function returns the string message in the response body. If you use the Event invocation type, no message is returned to the output file. In either case, the outputfile.txt parameter is required.

Next Step

Step 3: Create an API Using Amazon API Gateway and Test It