AWS | Serve Dynamic Html Via HTTP Endpoint

This example illustrates how to hookup an API Gateway endpoint to a Lambda function to render HTML on a GET request.

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Lukas Andersen

Serving Dynamic HTML via API Gateway Example

This example illustrates how to hookup an API Gateway endpoint to a Lambda function to render HTML on a GET request.

Use-cases

  • Landing pages for marketing activities
  • Single use dynamic webpages

How it works

Instead of returning the default json from a request, you can display custom dynamic HTML by setting the Content-Type header to text/html.

const response = {
  statusCode: 200,
  headers: {
    'Content-Type': 'text/html',
  },
  body: html,
};
// callback will send HTML back
callback(null, response);

Deploy

In order to deploy the endpoint simply run

serverless deploy

The expected result should be similar to:

Serverless: Creating Stack...
Serverless: Checking Stack create progress...
.....
Serverless: Stack create finished...
Serverless: Packaging service...
Serverless: Uploading CloudFormation file to S3...
Serverless: Uploading service .zip file to S3 (1.01 KB)...
Serverless: Updating Stack...
Serverless: Checking Stack update progress...
...........................
Serverless: Stack update finished...

Service Information
service: serve-dynamic-html-via-http-endpoint
stage: dev
region: us-east-1
api keys:
  None
endpoints:
  GET - https://nzkl1kas89.execute-api.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/dev/landing-page
functions:
  serve-dynamic-html-via-http-endpoint-dev-landingPage: arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:377024778620:function:serve-dynamic-html-via-http-endpoint-dev-landingPage

Usage

You can now send an HTTP request directly to the endpoint using a tool like curl

curl https://nzkl1kas89.execute-api.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/dev/landing-page?name=Nik%20Graf

The expected result should be similar to:

<html>
  <style>
    h1 { color: #73757d; }
  </style>
  <body>
    <h1>Landing Page</h1>
    <p>Hey Nik Graf!</p>
  </body>
</html>%

Of course you can visit the URL in your browser and this is how it should look like:

Screenshot without a name

To greet a specific person, provide the query parameter with the name of that person e.g. ?name=Nik%20Graf. The response should now contain the provided name:

Screenshot with a name

Scaling

By default, AWS Lambda limits the total concurrent executions across all functions within a given region to 100. The default limit is a safety limit that protects you from costs due to potential runaway or recursive functions during initial development and testing. To increase this limit above the default, follow the steps in To request a limit increase for concurrent executions.

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