AWS Lambda
Developer Guide

AWS Lambda Deployment Package in Go

To create a Lambda function you first create a Lambda function deployment package, a .zip file consisting of your code and any dependencies.

After you create a deployment package, you may either upload it directly or upload the .zip file first to an Amazon S3 bucket in the same AWS region where you want to create the Lambda function, and then specify the bucket name and object key name when you create the Lambda function using the console or the AWS CLI.

For Lambda functions written in Go, download the Lambda library for Go by navigating to the Go runtime directory and enter the following command: go get

Then use following command to build, package and deploy a Go Lambda function via the CLI. Note that your function-name must match the name of your Lambda handler name.

GOOS=linux go build lambda_handler.go zip ./lambda_handler # --handler is the path to the executable inside the .zip aws lambda create-function \ --region region \ --function-name lambda-handler \ --memory 128 \ --role arn:aws:iam::account-id:role/execution_role \ --runtime go1.x \ --zip-file fileb://path-to-your-zip-file/ \ --handler lambda-handler


If you are using a non-Linux environment, such as Windows or macOS, ensure that your handler function is compatible with the Lambda Execution Context by setting the GOOS (Go Operating System) environment variable to 'linux' when compiling your handler function code.

Creating a Deployment Package on Windows

To create a .zip that will work on AWS Lambda using Windows, we recommend installing the build-lambda-zip tool.


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

To download the tool, run the following command:

go.exe get -u

Use the tool from your GOPATH. If you have a default installation of Go, the tool will typically be in %USERPROFILE%\Go\bin. Otherwise, navigate to where you installed the Go runtime and do the following:

In cmd.exe, run the following:

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

In Powershell, run the following:

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