An API Gateway mapping template to “send everything” to your Lambda function

If you’re trying to get up to speed with developing microservices on API Gateway and Lambda, one of the first things you will want to try is to send basic API request data to your Lambda function.

Since all Lambda function input data must go in the request body, you must use an API Gateway mapping template to build a JSON representation of your data.

Here’s a master template to “send everything” API Gateway provides (as of 02/22/2016) to your Lambda function. This should serve as a good starting point and can be modified to suit your use-case. This will include all HTTP parameters, context data, stage variables, and the full method request body.

## API Gateway "Send Everything" Mapping Template - Ryan Green -
##  See
#set($allParams = $input.params())
"body-json" : "$input.json('$')",
"params" : {
#foreach($type in $allParams.keySet())
    #set($params = $allParams.get($type))
"$type" : {
    #foreach($paramName in $params.keySet())
    "$paramName" : "$util.escapeJavaScript($params.get($paramName))"
"stage-variables" : {
#foreach($key in $stageVariables.keySet())
"$key" : "$util.escapeJavaScript($stageVariables.get($key))"
"context" : {
    "account-id" : "$context.identity.accountId",
    "api-id" : "$context.apiId",
    "api-key" : "$context.identity.apiKey",
    "authorizer-principal-id" : "$context.authorizer.princialId",
    "caller" : "$context.identity.caller",
    "cognito-authentication-provider" : "$context.identity.cognitoAuthenticationProvider",
    "cognito-authentication-type" : "$context.identity.cognitoAuthenticationType",
    "cognito-identity-id" : "$context.identity.cognitoIdentityId",
    "cognito-identity-pool-id" : "$context.identity.cognitoIdentityPoolId",
    "http-method" : "$context.httpMethod",
    "stage" : "$context.stage",
    "source-ip" : "$context.identity.sourceIp",
    "user" : "$context.identity.user",
    "user-agent" : "$context.identity.userAgent",
    "user-arn" : "$context.identity.userArn",
    "request-id" : "$context.requestId",
    "resource-id" : "$context.resourceId",
    "resource-path" : "$context.resourcePath"

Here’s a Gist with the code.

For more information, check out the API Gateway mapping template reference.