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Serverless Projects

The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse includes a project creation wizard that you can use to quickly configure and create serverless projects that deploy on CloudFormation and run Lambda functions in response to RESTful web requests.

Creating a Serverless Project#

To create a serverless project

  1. Select the AWS icon in the toolbar, and choose New AWS serverless project... from the menu that appears.

  2. Enter a Project name.

  3. Enter a Package namespace for your project. This will be used as the prefix for the source namespaces created for your project.

  4. Choose either to Select a blueprint or to Select a serverless template file:

    Select a Blueprint

    Choose a pre-defined project blueprint to use for your serverless project.

    Select a Serverless Template File

    Choose a JSON-formatted Serverless Application Model (SAM) .template file on your filesystem to fully customize your serverless project.


    For information about the structure and contents of a .template file, view the current version of the specification on GitHub.

  5. Press the Finish button to create your new serverless project.


The serverless project wizard

Serverless Project Blueprints#

The following serverless project blueprints are available to use:

This blueprint creates a S3 Bucket for storing article content, and a DynamoDB Table for article metadata. It contains Lambda functions for retrieving (GetArticle) and storing (PutArticle) articles, which are triggered by API Gateway events.
A simple blueprint that creates a Lambda function which takes a single string. Its output is Hello, value, where value is the string that was passed in, or World if no string is passed to the function.

Serverless Project Structure#

The serverless project wizard will create a new Eclipse project for you, consisting of the following parts:

  • The src directory contains two sub-directories, each prefaced with your chosen Package namespace:


    Contains class files for the Lambda functions that are defined by your serverless template.


    Contains generic ServerlessInput and ServerlessOutput classes that define the input and output model for your Lambda functions.


    For more information about the input and output formats used in the model classes, see the Configure Proxy Integration for a Proxy Resource page in the API Gateway Developer Guide.

  • The serverless.template file defines the AWS resources and Lambda functions (a resource of type "AWS::Serverless:Function") used by your project.

Deploying a Serverless Project#

To deploy your serverless project

  1. In Eclipse's Project Explorer window, select your project and open the context menu (right-click or long press).
  2. Choose Amazon Web Services ‣ Deploy Serverless Project... on the context menu. This will bring up the Deploy Serverless to AWS CloudFormation dialog.
  3. Select the AWS Regions to use. This determines where the CloudFormation stack that you deploy is located.
  4. Choose an S3 Bucket to use to store your Lambda function code, or select the Create button to create a new S3 bucket to store your code.
  5. Choose a name for your CloudFormation stack.
  6. Press the Finish button to upload your Lambda functions to Amazon S3 and deploy your project template to CloudFormation.

The serverless project deployment dialog

When your project is deployed, a CloudFormation stack detail window will appear that provides information about your deployment and its current status. It will initially show its status as CREATE_IN_PROGRESS. When the status is CREATE_COMPLETE, your deployment is active.

To return to this window at any time, open the AWS Explorer, select the AWS CloudFormation node, and then select the name of the CloudFormation stack you specified.


If there was an error during deployment, your stack may be rolled back. See Troubleshooting in the CloudFormation User Guide for information about how to diagnose stack deployment errors.