4.0.0 • Public • Published


This is a library meant to be used in a Serverless plugin, when you need to add a custom resource. This allows you to execute arbitrary code within CloudFormation as part of deployment, allowing you do things like call the aws-sdk in cases where CloudFormation does not support the feature you need to deploy/configure.



const addCustomResource = require('add-custom-resource');

class MyPlugin {
  constructor(serverless, options) {
    this.serverless = serverless;
    this.options = options;
    this.hooks = {
      'before:package': () => this.doStuff()

  doStuff() {
    const template = this.serverless.service.provider.compiledCloudFormationTemplate;

    return addCustomResource(template, {
      name: 'MyResource',
      sourceCodePath: path.join(__dirname, 'my-source-code.js')

This will add four resources to your CloudFormation template:

  • A Lambda::Function (with my-source-code.js inlined)
  • An IAM::Role (for the Lambda functions permissions)
  • A Logs::LogGroup (for any logs related to the Lambda function running)
  • A Custom:: resource (which is backed by your Lambda function)

You source code can use the aws-sdk and the cf-response library, which are built in to Lambda. Other dependencies are not supported.


const aws = require('aws-sdk');
const response = require('cfn-response');

const s3 = new aws.S3();

module.exports.handler = function(event, context) {
   .then(() => {
     switch (event.RequestType) {
       case 'Create':
       case 'Update':
        return s3.doSomething().promise();
      case 'Delete':
        return s3.doSomethingElse().promise();
        return Promise.resolve('no action matched');
   .then(() => {
     response.send(event, context, response.SUCCESS, {});
   .catch(() => {
     response.send(event, context, response.FAILED, {});

Function Reuse

If you configure a resourceName in addition to name, then multiple resources can be created while re-using the same function.

For example:

await addCustomResource(template, {
  name: 'CustomThing',
  resourceName: 'CustomThingFoo'
  sourceCodePath: path.join(__dirname, 'my-source-code.js')

await addCustomResource(template, {
  name: 'CustomThing',
  resourceName: 'CustomThingBar'
  sourceCodePath: path.join(__dirname, 'my-source-code.js')

This will only add the function, log group and role for CustomThing once, while creating two separate custom resources: CustomThingFoo and CustomThingBar, each backed by the same Lambda function (CustomThingFunction);

Custom Role

You can specify a roleArn and this library will not create a role.


As of 3.0.0, you can include dependencies in your Lambda resource and this library will use Rollup to bundle them.

Return Value

The promise returned by addCustomResource will resolve to the logicalId that the resource was added under.

const logicalId = await addCustomResource(...);

// you can use this elsewhere in your template, Fn::GetAtt: [logicalId, ... ]


npm i add-custom-resource

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