How to run Fastify app in AWS Lambda

In this article, we're going to discuss about how to run Fastify app in AWS Lambda.

If you're not aware of Fastify, Fastify is one of the high performant web frameworks on NodeJS.

TLDR: You need to use @fastify/aws-lambda package to bridge between AWS Lambda and Fastify application

Why you may want to run Fastify app in AWS Lambda?

If you have an existing Fastify application for your API, you many want to run that app in AWS Lambda because of the cost benefits and lower overhead in maintaining the infrastructure.


We're going to use AWS CDK for creating the necessary infrastructure. It's an open-source software development framework that lets you define cloud infrastructure. AWS CDK supports many languages including TypeScript, Python, C#, Java, and others. You can learn more about AWS CDK from a beginner's guide here. We're going to use TypeScript in this article.

Fastify app:

We're creating a simple fastify app - as shown in below code snippet. It just has a single endpoint with 2 methods - one for GET request and another for POST request

import Fastify from "fastify";

const app = Fastify();

app.get("/", async (request, reply) => {
  return { msg: "Hello! from Fastify!" };
});"/", async (request, reply) => {
  const body = request.body;
  return { msg: "Fastify received your post request!", body };

export default app;

Integrating Fastify app with AWS Lambda

There is a package @fastify/aws-lambda which we need to install to integrate AWS Lambda with Fastify app.

As shown in the below code snippet, we need to wrap the Fastify app with the awsLambdaFastify function exposed by @fastify/aws-lambda package which would return proxy. This proxy function acts as a bridge between Fastify app and AWS Lambda.

import awsLambdaFastify from "@fastify/aws-lambda";
import app from "./app";

const proxy = awsLambdaFastify(app);

export async function handler(event: any, context: any) {
  return await proxy(event, context);

You just need to call the proxy function and returns the result.

Lambda Function

We can create lambda function using CDK as shown below.

 const nodeJsFunctionProps: NodejsFunctionProps = {
      bundling: {
        externalModules: [
          "aws-sdk", // Use the 'aws-sdk' available in the Lambda runtime
      runtime: Runtime.NODEJS_18_X,
      timeout: Duration.seconds(30), // Api Gateway timeout

    const fastifyFn = new NodejsFunction(this, "fastifyFn", {
      entry: path.join(__dirname, "../lambdas", "fastify-lambda.ts"),
      functionName: "fastifyFn",

REST API and Lambda Integration

In below code snippet, we are creating a REST api and lambda integration. Please note that we're having this lambda integration for ANY method. It means the requests would be routed to our fastify app for all the methods such as GET, POST, PUT, DELETE etc..

const api = new RestApi(this, "fastifyApi", {
      restApiName: "fastify-api",

    const lambdaIntegraton = new LambdaIntegration(fastifyFn);

    api.root.addMethod("ANY", lambdaIntegraton);

Deployment & Testing

We can deploy the stack by executing cdk deploy command and you can test the API endpoint from Postman

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.