AWS Lambda Using Terraform

AWS Lambda Using Terraform

Terraform allows infrastructure to be expressed as code, in a language called HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language). Terraform registry contains various Terraform providers and modules for quickly deploying the common infrastructure configurations.

Providers are the plugins that will implement the resource types. We can find many different cloud providers which include major cloud providers like AWS, Azure, GCP.

Modules are the small, reusable Terraform configurations that let us manage a group of related resources as a single resource.

In this blog post, we will use aws provider and the module terraform-aws-modules/lambda/aws to create lambda and lambda layers.

10000 Feet Overview

Basically there are three steps to deliver the infrastructure as Code.

  • Write the infrastructure as code in configuration files using HashiCorp Configuration Language, then run the command terraform init to initialize the terraform.

  • Before provisioning the infrastructure, check if a plan matches the expectation using a command terraform plan

  • Once the plan is verified, apply the changes to get the desired infrastructure components using the command terraform apply

Project Structure

  • Create a new directory and move to the directory
mkdir terraform-provider-module && cd terraform-provider-module
  • Create a resource folder to store the code for lambda and lambda-layer
mkdir resources

Create a Lambda layer

Create a folder profile-generator-layer in the resources folder

mkdir profile-generator-layer
  • Lambda layer expects the layer in the folder nodejs. So let's create a folder and add package.json and then run the npm install.
mkdir nodejs && cd nodejs
touch package.json
npm install aws-sdk faker
  • We are using faker npm module to generate a fake profiles.

Create a Lambda

Create a folder profile-generator-lambda in the resources folder and add the index.js file with the below content.

mkdir profile-generator-lambda && cd profile-generator-lambda
touch index.js
const faker = require("faker/locale/en_IND");

exports.handler = async (event, context) => {
  let firstName =;
  let lastName =;
  let phoneNumber =;
  let vehicleType = faker.vehicle.vehicle();

  let response = {
    firstName: firstName,
    lastName: lastName,
    phoneNumber: phoneNumber,
    vehicleType: vehicleType,

  return {
    statusCode: 200,
    headers: {
      "Content-Type": "application/json",
    body: JSON.stringify({
      profile: response,

Terraform Providers

Now, we will write the terraform scripts in HCL language where we will utilize the AWS provider. Create a file in the root directory of the project and add the below content.

terraform {
  required_providers {
    aws = {
      source  = "hashicorp/aws"
      version = "3.50.0"

provider "aws" {
  # Configuration options
  region                  = var.region
  profile                 = var.aws_profile
  shared_credentials_file = var.shared_credentials_file
  default_tags {
    tags = var.tags
  • Each Terraform module must declare which providers it requires so that Terraform can install and use them. Provider requirements are declared in a _requiredproviders block.

  • AWS providers require configurations like cloud regions, profiles, credential_files to be available before they can be used.

  • All the values will be provided from the variables parameters.

Let's create a in the root directory of the project and add the below content.

variable "region" {
  description = "Deployment Region"
  default     = "ap-south-1"

variable "aws_profile" {
  description = "Given name in the credential file"
  type        = string
  default     = "rahul-admin"

variable "shared_credentials_file" {
  description = "Profile file with credentials to the AWS account"
  type        = string
  default     = "~/.aws/credentials"

variable "tags" {
  description = "A map of tags to add to all resources."
  type        = map(string)
  default = {
    application = "Learning-Tutor"
    env         = "Test"

Each input variable accepted by a module must be declared using a variable block. The label after the variable keyword is a name for the variable, which must be unique among all variables in the same module.

  • A default value makes the variable optional.
  • A Type indicates what value types are accepted for the variable.
  • A description specifies the input variable's documentation.

Terraform Modules

Now, we will use the module terraform-aws-modules/lambda/aws to create lambda and lambda layer infrastructure.

Create the files and in the root directory of the project and add the below content.


module "profile_generator_lambda" {
  source  = "terraform-aws-modules/lambda/aws"
  version = "2.7.0"
  # insert the 28 required variables here
  function_name = "profile-generator-lambda"
  description   = "Generates a new profiles"
  handler       = "index.handler"
  runtime       = "nodejs14.x"
  source_path   = "${path.module}/resources/profile-generator-lambda"
  layers        = [module.profile_generator_lambda_layer.lambda_layer_arn]

  tags = {
    Name = "profile-generator-lambda"

module "profile_generator_lambda_layer" {
  source = "terraform-aws-modules/lambda/aws"
  create_layer = true
  layer_name          = "profile-generator-layer"
  description         = "The Faker Dependency layer"
  compatible_runtimes = ["nodejs14.x", "nodejs12.x"]
  source_path         = "${path.module}/resources/profile-generator-layer"
  • source field is used to indicate the terraform module which we intend to use.

  • _functionname field is the unique name for our lambda function.

  • handler field is the Lambda Function entry point for our code.

  • runtime field is Lambda Function runtime

  • _sourcepath field is the absolute path to a local file or directory containing our Lambda source code

  • _layername field is the name of Lambda Layer to create.

  • layers field is a list of Lambda Layer Version ARNs (maximum of 5) to attach to our Lambda Function.

Run Terraform scripts

Let us run the 3 basic commands of terraform to create the resources in AWS.

  • Initialize the Terraform which will download all the providers and modules used in the configuration.
terraform init
  • Check if a plan matches the expectation and also store the plan in output file plan-out
terraform plan -out  "plan-out"


  • Once the plan is verified, apply the changes to get the desired infrastructure components.
terraform apply "plan-out"


Verify the infrastructure on AWS

  • Lambda Layer


  • Lambda Function


Test the Lambda Function

As our lambda does not require any input, we can just create an empty JSON and Click on the Test button.


As we can see from the above screen, the lambda function returns a Body with a fake profile and a status code of 200.


In this blog post, we saw how to create a lambda layer and lambda function and how to package them. We also see how to use the Terraform providers and modules. We learned how to use the terraform commands to deploy our infrastructure on AWS. The associated Git Repository is here

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