Deploy Go Lambda functions with .zip file archives - AWS Lambda

Deploy Go Lambda functions with .zip file archives

Your AWS Lambda function's code consists of scripts or compiled programs and their dependencies. You use a deployment package to deploy your function code to Lambda. Lambda supports two types of deployment packages: container images and .zip file archives.

This page describes how to create a .zip file as your deployment package for the Go runtime, and then use the .zip file to deploy your function code to AWS Lambda using the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI).


The AWS CLI is an open-source tool that enables you to interact with AWS services using commands in your command line shell. To complete the steps in this section, you must have the following:

Tools and libraries

Lambda provides the following tools and libraries for the Go runtime:

Tools and libraries for Go

For more information, see aws-lambda-go on GitHub.

Sample applications

Lambda provides the following sample applications for the Go runtime:

Sample Lambda applications in Go

  • blank-go – A Go function that shows the use of Lambda's Go libraries, logging, environment variables, and the AWS SDK.

Creating a .zip file on macOS and Linux

The following steps demonstrate how to download the lambda library from GitHub with go get, and compile your executable with go build.

  1. Download the lambda library from GitHub.

    go get
  2. Compile your executable.

    GOOS=linux go build main.go

    Setting GOOS to linux ensures that the compiled executable is compatible with the Go runtime, even if you compile it in a non-Linux environment.

  3. (Optional) If your main package consists of multiple files, use the following go build command to compile the package:

    GOOS=linux go build main
  4. (Optional) You may need to compile packages with CGO_ENABLED=0 set on Linux:

    GOOS=linux CGO_ENABLED=0 go build main.go

    This command creates a stable binary package for standard C library (libc) versions, which may be different on Lambda and other devices.

  5. Lambda uses POSIX file permissions, so you may need to set permissions for the deployment package folder before you create the .zip file archive.

  6. Create a deployment package by packaging the executable in a .zip file.

    zip main

Creating a .zip file on Windows

The following steps demonstrate how to download the build-lambda-zip tool for Windows from GitHub with go get, and compile your executable with go build.


If you have not already done so, you must install git and then add the git executable to your Windows %PATH% environment variable.

  1. Download the build-lambda-zip tool from GitHub:

    go.exe get -u
  2. Use the tool from your GOPATH to create a .zip file. If you have a default installation of Go, the tool is typically in %USERPROFILE%\Go\bin. Otherwise, navigate to where you installed the Go runtime and do one of the following:


    In cmd.exe, run the following:

    set GOOS=linux go build -o main main.go %USERPROFILE%\Go\bin\build-lambda-zip.exe -output main

    In PowerShell, run the following:

    $env:GOOS = "linux" $env:CGO_ENABLED = "0" $env:GOARCH = "amd64" go build -o main main.go ~\Go\Bin\build-lambda-zip.exe -output main

Build Go with the provided.al2 runtime

Go is implemented differently than other native runtimes. Lambda treats Go as a custom runtime, so you can create a Go function on the provided.al2 runtime. You can use the AWS SAM build command to build the .zip file package.

Using AWS SAM to build Go for AL2 function

  1. Update the AWS SAM template to use the provided.al2 runtime. Also set the BuildMethod to makefile.

    Resources: HelloWorldFunction: Type: AWS::Serverless::Function Properties: CodeUri: hello-world/ Handler: my.bootstrap.file Runtime: provided.al2 Architectures: [arm64] Metadata: BuildMethod: makefile

    Remove the Architectures property to build the package for the x86_64 instruction set architecture.

  2. Add file makefile to the project folder, with the following contents:

    GOOS=linux go build -o bootstrap cp ./bootstrap $(ARTIFACTS_DIR)/.

For an example application, download Go on AL2. The readme file contains the instructions to build and run the application. You can also view the blog post Migrating AWS Lambda functions to Amazon Linux 2.