AWS Lambda context object in Java - AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda context object in Java

When Lambda runs your function, it passes a context object to the handler. This object provides methods and properties that provide information about the invocation, function, and execution environment.

Context methods

  • getRemainingTimeInMillis() – Returns the number of milliseconds left before the execution times out.

  • getFunctionName() – Returns the name of the Lambda function.

  • getFunctionVersion() – Returns the version of the function.

  • getInvokedFunctionArn() – Returns the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) that's used to invoke the function. Indicates if the invoker specified a version number or alias.

  • getMemoryLimitInMB() – Returns the amount of memory that's allocated for the function.

  • getAwsRequestId() – Returns the identifier of the invocation request.

  • getLogGroupName() – Returns the log group for the function.

  • getLogStreamName() – Returns the log stream for the function instance.

  • getIdentity() – (mobile apps) Returns information about the Amazon Cognito identity that authorized the request.

  • getClientContext() – (mobile apps) Returns the client context that's provided to Lambda by the client application.

  • getLogger() – Returns the logger object for the function.

The following example shows a function that uses the context object to access the Lambda logger.


package example; import import import ... // Handler value: example.Handler public class Handler implements RequestHandler<Map<String,String>, String>{ Gson gson = new GsonBuilder().setPrettyPrinting().create(); @Override public String handleRequest(Map<String,String> event, Context context) { LambdaLogger logger = context.getLogger(); String response = new String("200 OK"); // log execution details logger.log("ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES: " + gson.toJson(System.getenv())); logger.log("CONTEXT: " + gson.toJson(context)); // process event logger.log("EVENT: " + gson.toJson(event)); logger.log("EVENT TYPE: " + event.getClass().toString()); return response; } }

The function serializes the context object into JSON and records it in its log stream.

Example log output

START RequestId: 6bc28136-xmpl-4365-b021-0ce6b2e64ab0 Version: $LATEST ... CONTEXT: { "memoryLimit": 512, "awsRequestId": "6bc28136-xmpl-4365-b021-0ce6b2e64ab0", "functionName": "java-console", ... } ... END RequestId: 6bc28136-xmpl-4365-b021-0ce6b2e64ab0 REPORT RequestId: 6bc28136-xmpl-4365-b021-0ce6b2e64ab0 Duration: 198.50 ms Billed Duration: 200 ms Memory Size: 512 MB Max Memory Used: 90 MB Init Duration: 524.75 ms

The interface for the context object is available in the aws-lambda-java-core library. You can implement this interface to create a context class for testing. The following example shows a context class that returns dummy values for most properties and a working test logger.

Example src/test/java/example/

package example; import; import; import; import public class TestContext implements Context{ public TestContext() {} public String getAwsRequestId(){ return new String("495b12a8-xmpl-4eca-8168-160484189f99"); } public String getLogGroupName(){ return new String("/aws/lambda/my-function"); } ... public LambdaLogger getLogger(){ return new TestLogger(); } }

For more information on logging, see AWS Lambda function logging in Java.

Context in sample applications

The GitHub repository for this guide includes sample applications that demonstrate the use of the context object. Each sample application includes scripts for easy deployment and cleanup, an AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) template, and supporting resources.

Sample Lambda applications in Java

  • blank-java – A Java function that shows the use of Lambda's Java libraries, logging, environment variables, layers, AWS X-Ray tracing, unit tests, and the AWS SDK.

  • java-basic – A minimal Java function with unit tests and variable logging configuration.

  • java-events – A minimal Java function that uses the aws-lambda-java-events library with event types that don't require the AWS SDK as a dependency, such as Amazon API Gateway.

  • java-events-v1sdk – A Java function that uses the aws-lambda-java-events library with event types that require the AWS SDK as a dependency (Amazon Simple Storage Service, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Kinesis).

  • s3-java – A Java function that processes notification events from Amazon S3 and uses the Java Class Library (JCL) to create thumbnails from uploaded image files.

All of the sample applications have a test context class for unit tests. The java-basic application shows you how to use the context object to get a logger. It uses SLF4J and Log4J 2 to provide a logger that works for local unit tests.