Invoke Lambda from another Lambda asynchronously

Published on September 5th, 2019

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First thing we have to do is add permission to invoke function. Add following to your serverless.yml and replace Resource with AWS ARN of your function.

    - Effect: Allow
        - lambda:InvokeFunction
      Resource: 'arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:111111111:function:functionName'

Next we will start with new function. It must import aws-sdk. There are multiple options if you are using ES6 in your functions or not.

const AWS = require('aws-sdk')
// or if you're using ES6
import AWS from 'aws-sdk'

Also, we need to initialize lambda sdk.

const lambda = new AWS.Lambda()

After that in function body we will add params for invocation which will contain name of function that we want to invoke, invocation type of Event and payload which will contain JSON with all parameters you want to pass to function.

const params = {
  FunctionName: 'functionName',
  InvocationType: 'Event',
  Payload: JSON.stringify({
    id: 10239015

And the last thing we need is to really invoke it and pass params object we created earlier. Note that function has to be asynchronous for await keyword to work.

try {
  await lambda.invoke(params).promise()
} catch (e) {
  return console.log(e)

And it’s done. Another function will be invoked and current function will not wait for it to finish or respond with data.