AWS Greengrass
Developer Guide

Create and Package a Lambda Function

In order for a Python Lambda function to run on an AWS Greengrass core, it must be packaged with specific folders from the Python AWS Greengrass Core SDK. In the following, you will:

  • Download the Python AWS Greengrass Core SDK to your computer (not the AWS Greengrass core device).

  • Decompress the downloaded SDK file.

  • Obtain the Python Lambda function (named from the decompressed SDK.

  • Create a Lambda function deployment package named that contains and the greengrasssdk folder.

  • Upload the package by using the Lambda console.

  • Transfer the package to the AWS Greengrass core device by using the AWS Greengrass console.

  1. In the AWS IoT console, choose Software.

                            The left navigation pane of the AWS IoT console page with Software
  2. Under SDKs, for AWS Greengrass Core SDK, choose Configure download.

                            The SDKs section with Configure download highlighted.
  3. Choose Python 2.7 version 1.2.0, and then choose Download Greengrass Core SDK.

                            Python 2.7 version 1.2.0 and Download Greengrass Core SDK.
  4. Decompress the downloaded SDK. For instructions, choose the tab that corresponds to your operating system.

    WindowsmacOSUNIX-like system

    Use a tool for decompressing .tar.gz files on Windows such as 7-Zip, WinZip, or similar. As an example, the 7-Zip tool can be used to decompress greengrass-core-python-sdk-1.2.0.tar.gz as follows:

    1. After installing 7-Zip, navigate to the greengrass-core-python-sdk-1.2.0.tar.gz file using Windows File Explorer (Windows logo key + E), right-click the file, choose 7-Zip, then choose Open archive.

    2. In the resulting 7-Zip window, double-click greegrass-core-python-sdk-1.2.0.tar, aws_greengrass_core_sdk, examples, HelloWorld, and then

    3. Optionally using the Ctrl key, select the greengrasssdk folder and the Python Lambda file. Next, choose Extract, pick a location to extract the files to, and choose OK.

    1. Using Finder, navigate to the greengrass-core-python-sdk-1.2.0.tar.gz file and double-click it. This creates the aws_greengrass_core_sdk folder.

    2. Expand the aws_greengrass_core_sdk folder, then the examples folder, and then the HelloWorld folder.

    3. Double-click the file. This creates the greengrassHelloWorld folder – expand this folder.

    UNIX-like system
    1. Open a terminal window and navigate to the directory containing the greengrass-core-python-sdk-1.2.0.tar.gz file.

    2. Run the following command to decompress the file:

      sudo tar -xzf greengrass-core-python-sdk-1.2.0.tar.gz

      This creates the aws_greengrass_core_sdk directory. Next, run the following commands:

      cd /aws_greengrass_core_sdk/examples/HelloWorld sudo unzip

    You use the greengrasssdk folder and the Python Lambda function code in the next step.

    Note that every five seconds, the Lambda function publishes one of two possible messages to the hello/world topic, as shown in the following code (to save space, all code comments have been removed):

    import greengrasssdk import platform from threading import Timer import time client = greengrasssdk.client('iot-data') my_platform = platform.platform() def greengrass_hello_world_run(): if not my_platform: client.publish(topic='hello/world', payload='Hello world! Sent from Greengrass Core.') else: client.publish(topic='hello/world', payload='Hello world! Sent from Greengrass Core running on platform: {}'.format(my_platform)) Timer(5, greengrass_hello_world_run).start() greengrass_hello_world_run() def function_handler(event, context): return
  5. To create the Lambda function, you must package the file and the greengrasssdk folder into a compressed .zip file. This is your Lambda function deployment package. For this tutorial, name the package

                            Screenshot showing 
                                greengrasssdk and compressed into
                                the file

    For UNIX-like systems (including the Mac terminal), this can be accomplished with the following command:

    sudo zip -r greengrasssdk


    Depending on your distribution, you may need to install zip first. For example, sudo apt-get install zip (this installation command may differ for your distribution).

    Now you're ready to create your Lambda function and upload the deployment package.

  6. Open the Lambda console and choose Create function.

  7. Choose Author from scratch.

  8. Name your function Greengrass_HelloWorld, and set the remaining fields as follows:

    • Runtime - choose Python 2.7.

    • Role - choose Create new role from templates(s).

    • Role name - type a unique name for the role.

      Note that this role isn't used by AWS Greengrass.

    Then, choose Create function.

                                    The "Author from scratch" region with the "Name" field
                                        set to "Greengrass_HelloWorld", the "Runtime" field set to
                                        "Python 2.7", the "Role" field set to "Create new role from
  9. Upload your Lambda function deployment package, as follows:

    1. On the Configuration tab, under Function code, set the following fields:

      • Code entry type - choose Upload a .ZIP file.

      • Runtime - choose Python 2.7.

      • Handler - type greengrassHelloWorld.function_handler.

    2. Choose Upload, and then choose Your file size may vary.

                                    Screenshot of the Configuration tab with Upload a .ZIP
                                        file, Python 2.7, greengrassHelloWorld.function_handler, and
                                        Upload highlighted.
    3. Choose Save.

                                    Screenshot with the Save button highlighted.


      To see your uploaded code, choose Edit code inline from the Code entry type menu.

  10. Publish the Lambda function, as follows:

    1. From the Actions menu, choose Publish new version:

                                    Screenshot of the Actions menu with Publish new version
    2. For Version description, type First version, and then choose Publish:

                            Screenshot with the Version description field set to First
                                version and the Publish button highlighted.
  11. Create an alias for the Lambda function version, as follows:


    Greengrass groups can reference a Lambda function by alias (recommended) or by version. Using an alias makes it easier to manage code updates because you don't have to change your subscription table or group definition when the function code is updated. Instead, you just point the alias to the new function version.

    1. From the Actions menu, choose Create alias.

                            Screenshot of the Actions menu set to Create alias.
    2. Name the alias GG_HelloWorld, set the version to 1 (which corresponds to the version that you just published), and then choose Create.


      AWS Greengrass doesn't support Lambda aliases for $LATEST versions.


                            Screenshot of Create a new alias with the Name field set to
                                GG_HelloWorld, the Version field set to 1, and the Create button