Using AWS Lambda with Amazon RDS - AWS Lambda

Using AWS Lambda with Amazon RDS

You can connect a Lambda function to an Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) database directly and through an Amazon RDS Proxy. Direct connections are useful in simple scenarios, and proxies are recommended for production. A database proxy manages a pool of shared database connections which enables your function to reach high concurrency levels without exhausting database connections.

We recommend using Amazon RDS Proxy for Lambda functions that make frequent short database connections, or open and close large numbers of database connections.

Configuring your function

In the Lambda console, you can provision, and configure, Amazon RDS database instances and proxy resources. For more information, see RDS databases under the Configuration tab. Alternatively, you can also create and configure connections to Lambda functions in the Amazon RDS console.

  • To connect to a database, your function must be in the same Amazon VPC where your database runs.

  • You can use Amazon RDS databases with MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, or Microsoft SQL Server engines.

  • You can also use Aurora DB clusters with MySQL or PostgreSQL engines.

  • You need to provide a Secrets Manager secret for database authentication.

  • An IAM role must provide permission to use the secret, and a trust policy must allow Amazon RDS to assume the role.

  • The IAM princiapl that uses the console to configure the Amazon RDS resource, and connect it to your function must have the following permissions:


    You need the Amazon RDS Proxy permissions only if you configure an Amazon RDS Proxy to to manage a pool of your database connections.

    Example permission policy
    { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "ec2:CreateSecurityGroup", "ec2:DescribeSecurityGroups", "ec2:DescribeSubnets", "ec2:DescribeVpcs", "ec2:AuthorizeSecurityGroupIngress", "ec2:AuthorizeSecurityGroupEgress", "ec2:RevokeSecurityGroupEgress", "ec2:CreateNetworkInterface", "ec2:DeleteNetworkInterface", "ec2:DescribeNetworkInterfaces" ], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "rds-db:connect", "rds:CreateDBProxy", "rds:CreateDBInstance", "rds:CreateDBSubnetGroup", "rds:DescribeDBClusters", "rds:DescribeDBInstances", "rds:DescribeDBSubnetGroups", "rds:DescribeDBProxies", "rds:DescribeDBProxyTargets", "rds:DescribeDBProxyTargetGroups", "rds:RegisterDBProxyTargets", "rds:ModifyDBInstance", "rds:ModifyDBProxy" ], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lambda:CreateFunction", "lambda:ListFunctions", "lambda:UpdateFunctionConfiguration" ], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:AttachRolePolicy", "iam:AttachPolicy", "iam:CreateRole", "iam:CreatePolicy" ], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "secretsmanager:GetResourcePolicy", "secretsmanager:GetSecretValue", "secretsmanager:DescribeSecret", "secretsmanager:ListSecretVersionIds", "secretsmanager:CreateSecret" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Amazon RDS charges an hourly rate for proxies based on the database instance size, see RDS Proxy pricing for details. For more information on proxy connections in general, see Using Amazon RDS Proxy in the Amazon RDS User Guide.

Lambda and Amazon RDS setup

Both Lambda and Amazon RDS consoles will assist you in automatically configuring some of the required resources to make a connection between Lambda and Amazon RDS.

Process event notifications from Amazon RDS

You can use Lambda to process event notifications from an Amazon RDS database. Amazon RDS sends notifications to an Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) topic, which you can configure to invoke a Lambda function. Amazon SNS wraps the message from Amazon RDS in its own event document and sends it to your function.

For more information about configuring an Amazon RDS database to send notifications, see Using Amazon RDS event notifications.

Example Amazon RDS message in an Amazon SNS event
{ "Records": [ { "EventVersion": "1.0", "EventSubscriptionArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-east-2:123456789012:rds-lambda:21be56ed-a058-49f5-8c98-aedd2564c486", "EventSource": "aws:sns", "Sns": { "SignatureVersion": "1", "Timestamp": "2023-01-02T12:45:07.000Z", "Signature": "tcc6faL2yUC6dgZdmrwh1Y4cGa/ebXEkAi6RibDsvpi+tE/1+82j...65r==", "SigningCertUrl": "", "MessageId": "95df01b4-ee98-5cb9-9903-4c221d41eb5e", "Message": "{\"Event Source\":\"db-instance\",\"Event Time\":\"2023-01-02 12:45:06.000\",\"Identifier Link\":\"\",\"Source ID\":\"dbinstanceid\",\"Event ID\":\"\",\"Event Message\":\"Finished DB Instance backup\"}", "MessageAttributes": {}, "Type": "Notification", "UnsubscribeUrl": "", "TopicArn":"arn:aws:sns:us-east-2:123456789012:sns-lambda", "Subject": "RDS Notification Message" } } ] }

Lambda and Amazon RDS tutorial

  • Using a Lambda function to access an Amazon RDS database – From the Amazon RDS User Guide, learn how to use a Lambda function to write data to an Amazon RDS database through an Amazon RDS Proxy. Your Lambda function will read records from an Amazon SQS queue and write new items to a table in your database whenever a message is added.