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Runing ES6 code in AWS lambda

Create aws serveless project

I use serverless to manage my lambda aws projects. However, by default, when creating the project, javascript code is written in ES5. For serverless installation please refer to Installing the Serverless Framework section.

#creating serverless project
serverless create --template aws-nodejs --path serverless-es6

Running this command will result creating “serverless-es6” project. serverless create aws project

Project contains 3 files:

  • .gitignore
  • handler.js
  • serverless.yml

Configure ES6 function to run as a Lambda Function

Changes in serverless.yml

service: serverless-es6

  name: aws
  runtime: nodejs8.10 # Change from nodejs6.10 to nodejs8.10

  - serverless-webpack

  news: # Create a news function which gets triggered by a http event
      - http:
          path: /news
          method: get

custom: # Add custom section and include webpack configuration
      webpackConfig: 'webpack.config.js'
      includeModules: false

Changes in handler.js

Add a javascript function and make sure you have some ES6 features

export function news(event, context, callback) {

  const happyDay = () => 'Friday'
  const buildColor = 'green'
  const goodNews = [`Today is ${happyDay()}`, `Build is ${buildColor}`]

  callback(null, {
    statusCode: 200,
    body: JSON.stringify(goodNews),

Create webpack.config.js

webpack.config.js file is usually at the same level with package.config file. If you want to change the location, you need to update serverless.yml file with the new location.

module.exports = {
  entry: { handler: './handler.js' },
  target: 'node',
  mode: 'development'

Install npm packages

Inside of the terminal, navigate to project folder and run the following

1. npm init
1. npm install webpack serverless-webpack --save-dev

Run lambda function

Locally run lambda function locally

Or in the cloud after deploy (serverless deploy) run aws es6 function in aws

Full example can be found on GitHub