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[ aws . lambda ]



Invokes a Lambda function. You can invoke a function synchronously (and wait for the response), or asynchronously. To invoke a function asynchronously, set InvocationType to Event .

For synchronous invocation, details about the function response, including errors, are included in the response body and headers. For either invocation type, you can find more information in the execution log and trace . To record function errors for asynchronous invocations, configure your function with a dead letter queue .

When an error occurs, your function may be invoked multiple times. Retry behavior varies by error type, client, event source, and invocation type. For example, if you invoke a function asynchronously and it returns an error, Lambda executes the function up to two more times. For more information, see Retry Behavior .

The status code in the API response doesn't reflect function errors. Error codes are reserved for errors that prevent your function from executing, such as permissions errors, limit errors , or issues with your function's code and configuration. For example, Lambda returns TooManyRequestsException if executing the function would cause you to exceed a concurrency limit at either the account level (ConcurrentInvocationLimitExceeded ) or function level (ReservedFunctionConcurrentInvocationLimitExceeded ).

For functions with a long timeout, your client might be disconnected during synchronous invocation while it waits for a response. Configure your HTTP client, SDK, firewall, proxy, or operating system to allow for long connections with timeout or keep-alive settings.

This operation requires permission for the lambda:InvokeFunction action.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--function-name <value>
[--invocation-type <value>]
[--log-type <value>]
[--client-context <value>]
[--payload <value>]
[--qualifier <value>]
outfile <value>


--function-name (string)

The name of the Lambda function, version, or alias.

Name formats
  • Function name - my-function (name-only), my-function:v1 (with alias).
  • Function ARN - arn:aws:lambda:us-west-2:123456789012:function:my-function .
  • Partial ARN - 123456789012:function:my-function .

You can append a version number or alias to any of the formats. The length constraint applies only to the full ARN. If you specify only the function name, it is limited to 64 characters in length.

--invocation-type (string)

Choose from the following options.

  • RequestResponse (default) - Invoke the function synchronously. Keep the connection open until the function returns a response or times out. The API response includes the function response and additional data.
  • Event - Invoke the function asynchronously. Send events that fail multiple times to the function's dead-letter queue (if it's configured). The API response only includes a status code.
  • DryRun - Validate parameter values and verify that the user or role has permission to invoke the function.

Possible values:

  • Event
  • RequestResponse
  • DryRun

--log-type (string)

Set to Tail to include the execution log in the response.

Possible values:

  • None
  • Tail

--client-context (string)

Up to 3583 bytes of base64-encoded data about the invoking client to pass to the function in the context object.

--payload (blob)

The JSON that you want to provide to your Lambda function as input.

--qualifier (string)

Specify a version or alias to invoke a published version of the function.

outfile (string) Filename where the content will be saved

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


StatusCode -> (integer)

The HTTP status code is in the 200 range for a successful request. For the RequestResponse invocation type, this status code is 200. For the Event invocation type, this status code is 202. For the DryRun invocation type, the status code is 204.

FunctionError -> (string)

If present, indicates that an error occurred during function execution. Details about the error are included in the response payload.

  • Handled - The runtime caught an error thrown by the function and formatted it into a JSON document.
  • Unhandled - The runtime didn't handle the error. For example, the function ran out of memory or timed out.

LogResult -> (string)

The last 4 KB of the execution log, which is base64 encoded.

Payload -> (blob)

The response from the function, or an error object.

ExecutedVersion -> (string)

The version of the function that executed. When you invoke a function with an alias, this indicates which version the alias resolved to.