aws:asset:path is a type of metadata which can be configured in CloudFromation for a Lambda function. Below are my notes on how to use it, specifically for use with AWS SAM directly with standard CloudFormation.
Use aws:asset:path to specify the location of code for Lambda Function in CloudFormation for use with SAM.
Using SAM with a plain CloudFormation template, not a SAM template, works just fine. In order to use AWS SAM though you must provide a Metadata section for the lambda function at the same level as Type: and Properties:. This metadata section will give SAM what it needs to run your function locally. You’ll need to specify a aws:asset:path and an aws:asset:property and the SAM will have what it needs to build and run locally.
aws:asset:property must be the directory which contains the file which Handler is looking for.
# app.y is in C:\my\path\to\lambda\code MyLambdaFunction: Type: AWS::Lambda::Function Properties: Handler: app.lambda_handler .... Metadata: aws:asset:path: "C:\\my\\path\\to\\lambda\\code" aws:asset:property: "Code"
Use a relative path for code location
It’s quite inconvenient to use a hard coded path to the location of the code. Developers will put code in different location and will likely be using different operation systems.
For the Metadata aws:asset:path of your lambda function, pass in a relative path as shown below. It’s quite simple really.
# If your code is a level deeper than your template.yaml Metadata: aws:asset:path: ".\\dirWithMyCode" aws:asset:property: "Code" # If your code is a the same level as your template.yaml Metadata: aws:asset:path: ".\\dirWithMyCode" aws:asset:property: "Code"
Links to Documentation
AWS doesn’t have much in the way of docs for this. I learned about it using SAM templates produced by CDK synth, but you can use this just fine by adding it to your own CFN templates without using the CDK.
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/cdk/v2/guide/assets.html: These docs are specifically for the CDK, but provide some useful info, particularly at the very bottom.
aws:asset:path to source code instead of
.cdk.staging: Useful when you are using the CDK only.
Use SAM with the AWS CDK
If you’re trying to use AWS SAM to develop lambda functions with the AWS CDK / CloudFormation exported from the CDK. I have a guide on that. Click the link and give it a read please.