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A Node.js client for the AWS Lambda Parameters and Secrets Extension.

What does it do?

What this package does: This package's zero-dependency Client makes GET requests from your Lambda to the AWS Extension layer's localhost endpoint. It saves you the effort of building the URL, making the HTTP request and parsing the response.

What AWS does: The AWS Parameters and Secrets Lambda Extension is an AWS-managed Lambda Layer. It's one way for Lambdas to retrieve parameters from the AWS Parameter Store and retrieve secrets from AWS Secrets Manager. Instead of making SDK calls to these services directly, an Extension-enabled Lambda function makes a HTTP GET request to the Extension's localhost endpoint. The Extension makes the GetParameter and GetSecretValue SDK calls. It returns the JSON result in the HTTP response to the Lambda. The Extension also caches the results, which is its killer feature.

Getting Started


  1. Deploy a Node.js Lambda with the AWS-Parameters-and-Secrets-Lambda-Extension layer added.
  2. Grant the Lambda ssm:GetParameter or secrets:GetSecretValue permissions. Using the AWS Extension requires the same IAM permissions as making the SDK calls directly.


npm install --save lambda-params-secrets

The main Client class itself has zero dependencies. The package has dependencies on the AWS JS SDK v3 clients @aws-sdk/client-secrets-manager and @aws-sdk/client-ssm for their Typescript type definitions only.


Instantiate a Client in your Lambda function handler. Call the Client's methods to get values:

// my_lambda_handler.ts
import { Client } from 'lambda-params-secrets';

export async function handler(): Promise<void> {
  const client = new Client();
  const fooListParam: string[] = await client.stringListParameter(
  console.log(fooListParam); // -> ["foo", "bar", "baz"]


Use Client methods to retrieve parameters and secrets values:

Method Options Happy return value
stringParameter(name, options) version, label string
stringListParameter(name, options) version, label array of strings
secureStringParameter(name, options) version, label, withDecryption string
stringSecret(secretId, options) versionId, versionStage string
binarySecret(secretId, options) versionId, versionStage Buffer
stringSecretfromParameterStore(secretId, options) version, label string
binarySecretfromParameterStore(secretId, options) version, label Buffer

The above methods return null if the Client receives an error response.

Want the whole response instead of just the value? Call parameterResponse(name, options) or secretResponse(name, options) to retrieve the Extension's full JSON response.

Client options

The Client options have sensible defaults. Instantiating a client with new Client() is a good starting point, which is equivalent to:

const client = new Client({
  token: process.env.AWS_SESSION_TOKEN, // default value.  AWS set this opaque value.
  port: process.env.PARAMETERS_SECRETS_EXTENSION_HTTP_PORT, // default value.  AWS sets this by default to 2773.
  requester: new FetchRequester(), // default value.  Bare-bones getter that uses the Node.js native fetch library.  Use HttpRequester() for NodeJS runtimes < 18.


What if it's not working?

  • Double-check the prerequisites.
  • Check your Lambda's CloudWatch logs. Regardless of the error, the AWS Extension sends clients only a generic an unexpected error occurred while executing request message in the HTTP response. But the Extension sends useful error details to the Lambda's CloudWatch logs.
  • Please submit a Bug Report issue if you are experiencing a package-related error.


  1. Use the AWS Extension without this package. All the Client does is make the HTTP requests. You can do this yourself with any HTTP client.
  2. Use the AWS Javascript SDK to call GetParameter and GetSecretValue directly. This is a great approach if you won't benefit from caching.
  3. Set non-secret values at deploy-time as Lambda environment variables.

Using the AWS Extension without this package

  • The same prerequisites apply.
  • Make a GET request. See the AWS docs for more examples.
  • Set the X-Aws-Parameters-Secrets-Token header value to AWS_SESSION_TOKEN.

The AWS Extension responds with a JSON object:

  "Parameter": {
    "ARN": "arn:aws:ssm:us-east-1:123456789012:parameter/lambda-ext-test-param/dummy-string",
    "DataType": "text",
    "LastModifiedDate": "2022-11-16T08:22:40.362Z",
    "Name": "/lambda-ext-test-param/dummy-string",
    "Selector": null,
    "SourceResult": null,
    "Type": "String",
    "Value": "my-string-param-value",
    "Version": 1
  "ResultMetadata": {}


Please submit Bug Reports and Feature Requests as issues. :tada: Pull Requests are also welcome! See for details.


This code is made available under the MIT license.

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