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Since we're extensively using AWS λ, we thouhgt that we need a bunch of helpers that we can reuse in all our customer facing λ-based API.

For now we only support unified http error objects, http responses and some console.log() based logging that was heavily inspired by the guys from yubl (they went out of business).

const shawerma = require('shawerma');
const log = shawerma.log;
const HttpError = shawerma.HttpError;
const Response = shawerma.Response;

HTTP Error

HttpError is used to create an error response that will be passed to a callback.

HttpError function will take up to 3 arguments:

  • statusCode
  • message
  • cors (defaults to true)
const HttpError = (statusCode, message, cors = true)

To create a Not authorized error response with a 401 http status code you would do something like this:

const errorResponse = HttpError(401, `You shall not pass`);
callback(null, errorResponse);

If you don't provide a third cors argument, HttpError will add a cors header to your response { 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*' }

If you don't want your responses cors-ified pass false a 3rd argument.

An HttpError will return a json object with following structure:

return {
  body: JSON.stringify({

An API response will look like following:

  "statusCode": 401,
  "message": "Not authorized"


By using Response function, you can create a standardized API response. Response takes 3 arguments:

  • statusCode
  • data (defaults to null) - it allows you to create a No Content responses
  • cors (defaults to true)
const response = Response(201, `{'foo':'bar'}`);
callback(null, response);

If you don't provide a third cors argument, Response will add a cors header to your response { 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*' }

If you don't want your responses cors-ified pass false a 3rd argument.

const response = Response(201, `{'foo':'bar'}`, true);

A Response will return a json object with following structure:

return {
  body: JSON.stringify({

If you pass the data argument, shawerma will wrap it in an Array if it's not one already. We want to have the consistent outcome, so that we can always use the same components on the frontend.

If you want to create a No Content response, e.g. as a result of a DELETE action, just pass the statusCode to the Response function, like this:

const response = Response(204);

What you will get back is a 204 NO CONTENT response.

With data passed in an API response will look like following:

  "statusCode": 200,
  "data": [


log wraps console.log by adding the information about log level to it:

  • - would return INFO args
  • log.warn(args) - would return WARN args
  • log.error(args) - would return ERROR args
  • log.debug(args) - would return DEBUG args

log.debug() will be ignored if env variable DEBUG_LOGGING is not set or set to false


createHandler function takes a function you want to run and an optional options array and returns a handler function for your λ, e.g.

const createHandler = require('shawerma').createHandler;
createHandler(f, options)
f(event) => result || Promise<result>
options : { timeout, onSuccess, onError }

timeout defaults to 5 seconds.

The optional onSuccess function is called (with the result from f) after f has returned a result and before the result is returned to API Gateway.

The optional onError function is called (with the error object) before the error is returned to API Gateway.

const createHandler = require('shawerma').createHandler;
const listAll = require('./listAll')
const options = {
  timeout: 9000
// options is an optional parameter :)
module.exports.handler = createHandler(listAll, options)

IMPORTANT: whenever you create your handler with the help of createHandler it will check whether a user calling your function is authenticated (event.requestContext.authorizer) or not and whether the request is coming from the allowed origin (event.headers.origin !== process.env.ORIGIN).

Those checks are not optional yet - they will be in the future.

if (!Cors.checkOrigin(event)) {
  let response = HttpError(403, `Wrong Origin`)
  return cb(null, response)
if (!event.requestContext.authorizer) {
  let result = HttpError(401, `Not authorized`)
  return cb(null, result)


const Cors = require('./lib/cors')

Cors exports two functions:

  • validOrigins uses process.env.ORIGIN string to create an array of valid origins
  • checkOrigin takes an event and returns whether the event.headers.origin is one of the allowed origins

If you want to restrict the CORS origins you have to define a process.env.ORIGIN. process.env.ORIGIN can be a string containing multiple origins that you want to allow for CORS, e.g. in env.yml

ORIGIN: http://localhost:8080,,

If no ORIGIN is defined, shawerma will assume Access-Control-Allow-Origin: '*'

In order to control whether your lambda will check for CORS or not, you can use set the env variable CORS to either true or false.

Setting CORS: false will allow requests from any origins.


Important: Security related headers are set by default. In case you want to disable security related response headers, you can do so by setting the environment variable SECURITY: false.

Security headers will will take the ORIGIN settings into account.


  • Add tests for the handler


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