Working with API Gateway using the AWS Toolkit - AWS Cloud9

Working with API Gateway using the AWS Toolkit

API Gateway enables you to create RESTful APIs and WebSocket APIs that enable real-time two-way communication applications. For more information on creating and managing APIs with API Gateway, see the API Gateway Developer Guide.

With the AWS Toolkit, you can configure a call to a REST API by specifying the REST resource, method type, and data that's passed in as input.

Invoking REST APIs in API Gateway


Calling API methods using the AWS Toolkit may result in changes to resources that can't be undone. For example, if you call a POST method, the API's resources are updated if the call is successful.

You can invoke an API Gateway on AWS from the AWS Toolkit.

To invoke a REST API

  1. In the AWS Explorer window, choose the API Gateway node to view the list of REST APIs available in the current AWS Region.

  2. Right-click a REST API, and then choose Invoke on AWS.


    The context menu also allows to copy the REST API's URL, name, and Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

    The Invoke methods window displays, enabling you to configure the call to the API.

  3. For Select a resource, choose the REST resource you want to interact with.

  4. For Select a method, choose one of the following method types:

    • GET: Gets a resource from the backend service that's accessed through the API.

    • OPTIONS: Requests information about the methods and operations that are supported by the API Gateway.

    • POST: Creates a new resource on the backend service that's accessed through the API.

  5. To supply input to your API method call, you can use a query string or JSON-formatted payload:

    • Query string: Enter a query string using the format parameter1=value1&parameter2=value2. (Before you use query strings, create a mapping template to transform incoming web requests before they're sent to the integration back end.)

    • JSON format: You can define a JSON-formatted payload in the large text field in Invoke methods window.

      For example, you can add a new resource with a POST method that contains the following payload:

      {"type": "soda", "price" : 3.99}
  6. Choose the Invoke button to call the REST API resource.

    The REST API response is displayed in the AWS Remote Invocations tab. The response body contains the JSON-formatted resource data .