AWS Lambda

The AWS Lambda Node allows a workflow to run an AWS Lambda function and optionally store the returned value from the function in the payload.

AWS Lambda Node


There are two main configuration sections for the AWS Lambda node - first configuring the AWS authentication and region, and second configuring the Lambda function in particular to run.

AWS Lambda Node Credentials

There are three parts to configuring credentials - the AWS Access Key ID, the AWS Secret Access Key and the particular AWS region. Losant recommends that you create an AWS Key/Secret pair specifically for use for our workflow nodes - one that only has access to your AWS Lambda functions. All three fields can take string templates, and so can pull values from the current payload. Most users store these values in their workflow globals.

In the example above, the node is configured to pull the AWS Access Key from globals.awsKey, the AWS Secret from globals.awsSecret, and sets the region to us-west-2.

AWS Lambda Node Config

Next to configure are what particular Lambda function to call, and what to hand it as the data. The function to call can take a string template, so the value can be pulled off the payload - but in the example above, the function is hard-coded to userNumberLookup. For configuring the data to send to the function, there are three possible options:

  • Workflow Payload: with this option, the entire current workflow payload is sent as the data to the lambda call.
  • Payload Path: with this option, you must provide a payload path, and the value at that path on the current payload is sent as the data to the lambda call.
  • JSON Template: with this option, you must provide a JSON template, and the result of that template is sent as the data to the lambda call.

In the example above, Workflow Payload is selected, so the entire current payload will be handed to the userNumberLookup call.

AWS Lambda Node Output

Finally, if the Lambda function that is being called returns a result, it can optionally be stored for later use in the workflow. In the example above, the result will be stored at the payload path data.phoneNumber on the current payload. What a Lambda function returns, though, is not just the result; it is a result object with potentially other useful information. For example, here is an example payload after the above AWS Lambda Node has been run - the actual Lambda result is placed in the Payload field:

  "time": Fri Feb 19 2016 17:26:00 GMT-0500 (EST),
  "data": {
    "current": 10,
    "on": true,
    "phoneNumber": {
      "Payload": { "phoneNumber": "212 867-5309" },
      "StatusCode": 200,
  "globals": {
    "awsKey": "AWS_KEY_WOULD_BE_HERE",
    "awsSecret": "AWS_SECRET_WOULD_BE_HERE"
  "applicationId": "568beedeb436ab01007be53d",
  "applicationName": "Embree",
  "triggerId": "56c8967bb8df0f0100d629120",
  "triggerType": "deviceId",
  "deviceTags": {
    "floor": ["2"],
    "location": ["warehouse1"]
  "deviceName": "My Factory Device",
  "flowId": "56c74add04d0b50100043381",
  "flowName": "Power Usage Alert"