Deploying Node.js Applications to AWS Lambda
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By: vishwesh

Deploying Node.js Applications to AWS Lambda


AWS Lambda is a powerful serverless computing platform that allows you to run your applications without provisioning or managing servers. It is a popular choice for deploying Node.js applications due to its scalability, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use. In this article, we will explore the process of deploying Node.js applications to AWS Lambda, step by step.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  1. An AWS account: If you don't have an AWS account, sign up for free at and create a new account.
  2. Node.js and npm: Install Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager) on your local machine. You can download the latest version of Node.js from the official website and follow the installation instructions.
  3. AWS CLI: Install the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) on your local machine. The CLI allows you to interact with AWS services from the command line. You can download the AWS CLI from and follow the installation instructions.

Step 1: Create an AWS Lambda Function

The first step is to create an AWS Lambda function. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the AWS Management Console and navigate to the AWS Lambda service.
  2. Click on "Create function" to start the function creation process.
  3. Choose the "Author from scratch" option.
  4. Provide a name for your function and select the Node.js runtime.
  5. Choose an existing or create a new execution role. This role determines the permissions your function has.
  6. Click on "Create function" to create the function.

Step 2: Configure the Function

Once you have created the function, you need to configure it. Follow these steps:

  1. In the function configuration, scroll down to the "Function code" section.
  2. Select the "Upload a .zip file" option and upload your Node.js application code as a zip file. Alternatively, you can choose to write the code inline or upload it from an Amazon S3 bucket.
  3. Set the "Handler" field to specify the entry point of your application. For example, if your main file is index.js and the entry point is a function named handler, set the handler as index.handler.
  4. Configure the desired memory and timeout settings for your function. These settings determine the amount of memory allocated to your function and the maximum execution time.
  5. Set any other required environment variables or function-specific configurations.
  6. Click on "Save" to save the function configuration.

Step 3: Set up API Gateway (Optional)

If you want to expose your AWS Lambda function as a RESTful API, you can set up an API Gateway. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the AWS Management Console and navigate to the Amazon API Gateway service.
  2. Click on "Create API" to create a new API.
  3. Select the "REST API" type and choose a protocol (e.g., HTTP or WebSocket).
  4. Configure the API settings and click on "Create API" to create the API.
  5. Create a new resource and specify the HTTP method (e.g., GET, POST) and integration type (AWS Lambda).
  6. Select your Lambda function from the list and click on "Save" to save the integration settings.
  7. Deploy the API to make it publicly accessible.

Step 4: Test the Function

Before deploying your application to production, it is important to test your function. AWS Lambda provides a testing console where you can input test events and check the output. Follow these steps:

  1. In the AWS Lambda function console, locate the "Test" button on the top right corner and click on it.
  2. In the "Configure test event" dialog, you can either choose a pre-defined event template or create a custom test event. This event represents the input data that your function will receive when it is invoked.
  3. Enter the necessary test event data, ensuring it matches the expected format for your function.
  4. Click on "Create" to save the test event.
  5. Once the test event is created, click on the "Test" button to invoke your function with the test event data.
  6. The function's response will be displayed in the console, allowing you to verify the correctness of your function's logic.

Step 5: Package and Deploy the Application

To deploy your Node.js application to AWS Lambda, you need to package your application and upload it to the Lambda function. Follow these steps:

  1. In your local development environment, navigate to the root directory of your Node.js application.
  2. Use npm to install any dependencies required by your application by running the command npm install.
  3. Create a deployment package by zipping all the necessary files and folders of your application. Make sure to include the node_modules folder, as well as any other required files.
  4. In the AWS Lambda function console, locate the "Function code" section.
  5. Select the "Upload a .zip file" option and choose the deployment package zip file that you created in the previous step.
  6. Click on "Save" to upload and update the function code with your application.


Congratulations! You have successfully deployed your Node.js application to AWS Lambda. In this article, we covered the step-by-step process of creating an AWS Lambda function, configuring it, setting up API Gateway (optional), testing the function, and packaging and deploying the application. AWS Lambda provides a scalable and cost-effective solution for running your Node.js applications without the need for server management. Happy coding!

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