Amazon Lambda

The quarkus-amazon-lambda extension allows you to use Quarkus to build your AWS Lambdas. Your lambdas can use injection annotations from CDI or Spring and other Quarkus facilities as you need them.

Quarkus lambdas can be deployed using the Amazon Java Runtime, or you can build a native executable and use Amazon’s Custom Runtime if you want a smaller memory footprint and faster cold boot startup time.

Quarkus’s integration with lambdas also supports Quarkus’s Live Coding development cycle. You an bring up your Quarkus lambda project in dev or test mode and code on your project live.


To complete this guide, you need:

For Gradle projects please see below, or for further reference consult the guide in the Gradle setup page.

Getting Started

This guide walks you through generating an example Java project via a maven archetype and deploying it to AWS.

Installing AWS bits

Installing all the AWS bits is probably the most difficult thing about this guide. Make sure that you follow all the steps for installing AWS CLI.

Creating the Maven Deployment Project

Create the Quarkus AWS Lambda maven project using our Maven Archetype.

mvn archetype:generate \
       -DarchetypeGroupId=io.quarkus \
       -DarchetypeArtifactId=quarkus-amazon-lambda-archetype \

If you prefer to use Gradle, you can quickly and easily generate a Gradle project via adding the quarkus-amazon-lambda extension as a dependency.

Copy the build.gradle, and settings.gradle into the above generated Maven archetype project, to follow along with this guide.

Execute: gradle wrapper to setup the gradle wrapper (recommended).

For full Gradle details see below.

Choose Your Lambda

The quarkus-amazon-lambda extension scans your project for a class that directly implements the Amazon RequestHandler<?, ?> or RequestStreamHandler interface. It must find a class in your project that implements this interface or it will throw a build time failure. If it finds more than one handler class, a build time exception will also be thrown.

Sometimes, though, you might have a few related lambdas that share code and creating multiple maven modules is just an overhead you don’t want to do. The quarkus-amazon-lambda extension allows you to bundle multiple lambdas in one project and use configuration or an environment variable to pick the handler you want to deploy.

The generated project has three lambdas within it. Two that implement the RequestHandler<?, ?> interface, and one that implements the RequestStreamHandler interface. One that is used and two that are unused. If you open up src/main/resources/ you’ll see this:


The quarkus.lambda.handler property tells Quarkus which lambda handler to deploy. This can be overridden with an environment variable too.

If you look at the three generated handler classes in the project, you’ll see that they are @Named differently.

public class TestLambda implements RequestHandler<InputObject, OutputObject> {

public class UnusedLambda implements RequestHandler<InputObject, OutputObject> {

public class StreamLambda implements RequestStreamHandler {

The CDI name of the handler class must match the value specified within the quarkus.lambda.handler property.

Deploy to AWS Lambda Java Runtime

There are a few steps to get your lambda running on AWS. The generated maven project contains a helpful script to create, update, delete, and invoke your lambdas for pure Java and native deployments.

Build and Deploy

Build the project using maven.

./mvnw clean package

or, if using Gradle:

./gradlew clean assemble

This will compile and package your code.

Create an Execution Role

View the Getting Started Guide for deploying a lambda with AWS CLI. Specifically, make sure you have created an Execution Role. You will need to define a LAMBDA_ROLE_ARN environment variable in your profile or console window, Alternatively, you can edit the script that is generated by the build and put the role value directly there:


Extra Build Generated Files

After you run the build, there are a few extra files generated by the quarkus-amazon-lambda extension. These files are in the the build directory: target/ for maven, build/ for gradle.

  • - lambda deployment file

  • - wrapper around aws lambda cli calls

  • - example bootstrap script for native deployments

  • sam.jvm.yaml - (optional) for use with sam cli and local testing

  • sam.native.yaml - (optional) for use with sam cli and native local testing

Create the function

The target/ script is for managing your lambda using the AWS Lambda Java runtime. This script is provided only for your convenience. Examine the output of the script if you want to learn what aws commands are executed to create, delete, and update your lambdas. supports four operation: create, delete, update, and invoke.

To verify your setup, that you have the AWS CLI installed, executed aws configure for the AWS access keys, and setup the LAMBDA_ROLE_ARN environment variable (as described above), please execute without any parameters. A usage statement will be printed to guide you accordingly.
If using Gradle, the path to the binaries in the must be changed from target to build

To see the usage statement, and validate AWS configuration:

sh target/

You can create your function using the following command:

sh target/ create

or if you do not have LAMBDA_ROLE_ARN already defined in this shell:

LAMBDA_ROLE_ARN="arn:aws:iam::1234567890:role/lambda-role" sh target/ create
Do not change the handler switch. This must be hardcoded to This handler bootstraps Quarkus and wraps your actual handler so that injection can be performed.

If there are any problems creating the function, you must delete it with the delete function before re-running the create command.

sh target/ delete

Commands may also be stacked:

sh target/ delete create

Invoke the Lambda

Use the invoke command to invoke your function.

sh target/ invoke

The example lambda takes input passed in via the --payload switch which points to a json file in the root directory of the project.

The lambda can also be invoked locally with the SAM CLI like this:

sam local invoke --template target/sam.jvm.yaml --event payload.json

If you are working with your native image build, simply replace the template name with the native version:

sam local invoke --template target/sam.native.yaml --event payload.json

Update the Lambda

You can update the Java code as you see fit. Once you’ve rebuilt, you can redeploy your lambda by executing the update command.

sh target/ update

Deploy to AWS Lambda Custom (native) Runtime

If you want a lower memory footprint and faster initialization times for your lambda, you can compile your Java code to a native executable. Just make sure to rebuild your project with the -Pnative switch.

For Linux hosts execute:

mvn package -Pnative

or, if using Gradle:

./gradlew build -Dquarkus.package.type=native
If you are building on a non-Linux system, you will need to also pass in a property instructing quarkus to use a docker build as Amazon Lambda requires linux binaries. You can do this by passing this property to your Maven build: -Dquarkus.native.container-build=true, or for Gradle: --docker-build=true. This requires you to have docker installed locally, however.
./mvnw clean install -Pnative -Dquarkus.native.container-build=true

or, if using Gradle:

./gradlew build -Dquarkus.package.type=native -Dquarkus.native.container-build=true

Either of these commands will compile and create a native executable image. It also generates a zip file target/ This zip file contains your native executable image renamed to bootstrap. This is a requirement of the AWS Lambda Custom (Provided) Runtime.

The instructions here are exactly as above with one change: you’ll need to add native as the first parameter to the script:

sh target/ native create

As above, commands can be stacked. The only requirement is that native be the first parameter should you wish to work with native image builds. The script will take care of the rest of the details necessary to manage your native image function deployments.

Examine the output of the script if you want to learn what aws commands are executed to create, delete, and update your lambdas.

One thing to note about the create command for native is that the aws lambda create-function call must set a specific environment variable:

--environment 'Variables={DISABLE_SIGNAL_HANDLERS=true}'

Examine the POM and Gradle build

There is nothing special about the POM other than the inclusion of the quarkus-amazon-lambda extension as a dependency. The extension automatically generates everything you might need for your lambda deployment.

In previous versions of this extension you had to set up your pom or gradle to zip up your executable for native deployments, but this is not the case anymore.

Gradle build

Similarly for Gradle projects, you also just have to add the quarkus-amazon-lambda dependency. The extension automatically generates everything you might need for your lambda deployment.

Example Gradle dependencies:

dependencies {
    implementation enforcedPlatform("${quarkusPlatformGroupId}:${quarkusPlatformArtifactId}:${quarkusPlatformVersion}")
    implementation 'io.quarkus:quarkus-resteasy'
    implementation 'io.quarkus:quarkus-amazon-lambda'

    testImplementation 'io.quarkus:quarkus-junit5'
    testImplementation ''

Live Coding and Unit/Integration Testing

To mirror the AWS Lambda environment as closely as possible in a dev environment, the Quarkus Amazon Lambda extension boots up a mock AWS Lambda event server in Quarkus Dev and Test mode. This mock event server simulates a true AWS Lambda environment.

While running in Quarkus Dev Mode, you can feed events to it by doing an HTTP POST to http://localhost:8080. The mock event server will receive the events and your lambda will be invoked. You can perform live coding on your lambda and changes will automatically be recompiled and available the next invocation you make. Here’s an example:

$ mvn clean quarkus:dev

$ curl -d "{\"name\":\"John\"}" -X POST http://localhost:8080

For your unit tests, you can also invoke on the mock event server using any HTTP client you want. Here’s an example using rest-assured. Quarkus starts up a separate Mock Event server under port 8081. The default port for Rest Assured is automatically set to 8081 by Quarkus so you can invoke on this endpoint.

import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;

import io.quarkus.test.junit.QuarkusTest;

import static io.restassured.RestAssured.given;
import static org.hamcrest.CoreMatchers.containsString;

public class LambdaHandlerTest {

    public void testSimpleLambdaSuccess() throws Exception {
        Person in = new Person();
                .body(containsString("Hello Stu"));

The mock event server is also started for @NativeImageTest unit tests so will work with native binaries too. All this provides similar functionality to the SAM CLI local testing, without the overhead of Docker.

Finally, if port 8080 or port 8081 is not available on your computer, you can modify the dev and test mode ports with

Testing with the SAM CLI

If you do not want to use the mock event server, you can test your lambdas with SAM CLI.

The AWS SAM CLI allows you to run your lambdas locally on your laptop in a simulated Lambda environment. This requires docker to be installed. This is an optional approach should you choose to take advantage of it. Otherwise, the Quarkus JUnit integration should be sufficient for most of your needs.

A starter template has been generated for both JVM and native execution modes.

Run the following SAM CLI command to locally test your lambda function, passing the appropriate SAM template. The event parameter takes any JSON file, in this case the sample payload.json.

If using Gradle, the path to the binaries in the YAML templates must be changed from target to build
sam local invoke --template target/sam.jvm.yaml --event payload.json

The native image can also be locally tested using the sam.native.yaml template:

sam local invoke --template target/sam.native.yaml --event payload.json


The are times where you may have to add some additions to the lambda deployment that is generated by the build. To do this create a zip.jvm or zip.native directory within src/main. Create zip.jvm/ if you are doing a pure Java lambda. zip.native/ if you are doing a native deployment.

Any you files and directories you create under your zip directory will be included within

Custom bootstrap script

There are times you may want to set a specific system properties or other arguments when lambda invokes your native quarkus lambda deployment. If you include a bootstrap script file within zip.native, the quarkus extension will automatically rename the executable to runner within and set the unix mode of the bootstrap script to executable.

The native executable must be referenced as runner if you include a custom bootstrap script.

The extension generates an example script within target/

Tracing with AWS XRay and GraalVM

If you are building native images, and want to use AWS X-Ray Tracing with your lambda you will need to include quarkus-amazon-lambda-xray as a dependency in your pom. The AWS X-Ray library is not fully compatible with GraalVM so we had to do some integration work to make this work.

In addition, remember to enable the AWS X-Ray tracing parameter in, in the cmd_create() function. This can also be set in the AWS Management Console.

    --tracing-config Mode=Active

For the sam template files, add the following to the YAML function Properties.

    Tracing: Active

AWS X-Ray does add many classes to your distribution, do ensure you are using at least the 256MB AWS Lambda memory size. This is explicitly set in cmd_create(). Whilst the native image potentially can always use a lower memory setting, it would be recommended to keep the setting the same, especially to help compare performance.


If your code makes HTTPS calls, such as to a micro-service (or AWS service), you will need to add configuration to the native image, as GraalVM will only include the dependencies when explicitly declared. Quarkus, by default enables this functionality on extensions that implicitly require it. For further information, please consult the Quarkus SSL guide

Open src/main/resources/ and add the following line to enable SSL in your native image.


Using the AWS Java SDK v2

Quarkus now has extensions for DynamoDB, S3, SNS and SQS (more coming). Please check those guides on how to use the various AWS Services with Quarkus, as opposed to wiring manually like below.

With minimal integration, it is possible to leverage the AWS Java SDK v2, which can be used to invoke services such as SQS, SNS, S3 and DynamoDB.

For native image, however the URL Connection client must be preferred over the Apache HTTP Client when using synchronous mode, due to issues in the GraalVM compilation (at present).

Add quarkus-jaxb as a dependency in your Maven pom.xml, or Gradle build.gradle file.

You must also force your AWS service client for SQS, SNS, S3 et al, to use the URL Connection client, which connects to AWS services over HTTPS, hence the inclusion of the SSL enabled property, as described in the Using HTTPS or SSL/TLS section above.

// select the appropriate client, in this case SQS, and
// insert your region, instead of XXXX, which also improves startup time over the default client
  client = SqsClient.builder().region(Region.XXXX).httpClient(;

For Maven, add the following to your pom.xml.







            <!-- sqs/sns/s3 etc -->
                <!-- exclude the apache-client and netty client -->

if you see the trustAnchors parameter must be non-empty or similar SSL error, due to the current status of GraalVM, there is some additional work to bundle the, as below. For more information, please see the Quarkus Native SSL Guide.

Additional requirements for client SSL

The native executable requires some additional steps to enable client ssl that S3 and other aws libraries need.

  1. A custom bootstrap script

  2. must be added to

  3. cacerts must be added to

To do this, first create a directory src/main/zip.native/ with your build. Next create a shell script file called bootstrap within src/main/zip.native/, like below. An example is create automatically in your build folder (target or build), called

#!/usr/bin/env bash

./runner -Djava.library.path=./

Additional set if your cacerts file is password protected.

Next you must copy some files from your GraalVM distribution into src/main/zip.native/.

GraalVM versions can have different paths for these files, and whether you using the Java 8 or 11 version. Adjust accordingly.
cp $GRAALVM_HOME/lib/ $PROJECT_DIR/src/main/zip.native/
cp $GRAALVM_HOME/lib/security/cacerts $PROJECT_DIR/src/main/zip.native/

Now when you run the native build all these files will be included within

If you are using a Docker image to build, then you must extract these files from this image.

To extract the required ssl, you must start up a Docker container in the background, and attach to that container to copy the artifacts.

First, let’s start the GraalVM container, noting the container id output.

docker run -it -d --entrypoint bash

# This will output a container id, like 6304eea6179522aff69acb38eca90bedfd4b970a5475aa37ccda3585bc2abdde
# Note this value as we will need it for the commands below

First,, the C library used for the SSL implementation:

docker cp {container-id-from-above}:/opt/graalvm/lib/ src/main/zip.native/

Second, cacerts, the certificate store. You may need to periodically obtain an updated copy, also.

docker cp {container-id-from-above}:/opt/graalvm/lib/security/cacerts src/main/zip.native/

Your final archive will look like this:

jar tvf target/


Amazon Alexa Integration

To use Alexa with Quarkus native, please add the following extension.


Create your Alexa handler, as normal, by sub-classing the abstract, and add your request handler implementation.

That’s all there is to it!