AWS re:Invent 2014 | (MBL202) NEW LAUNCH: Getting Started with AWS Lambda

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AWS Lambda is a new compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages compute resources for you. In this session, you learn what you need to get started quickly, including a review of key features, a live demonstration, how to use AWS Lambda with Amazon S3 event notifications and Amazon DynamoDB streams, and tips on getting the most out of Lambda functions.

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By anonymous    2017-09-20

Native Support for Scheduled Events added October 8, 2015:

As announced in this AWS blog post, scheduling is now supported as an event source type (also called triggers) called "CloudWatch Events - Schedule", and can be expressed as a rate or a cron expression.

Add Scheduled Event to a new lambda

Navigate to the 'Configure triggers' step of creation, and specify the 'CloudWatch Event - Schedule' trigger. Example configuration below:

Image that shows configuration for creating a scheduled event at 5pm UTC.

Add Scheduled Event to an existing lambda

Navigate to the 'Triggers' tab of your lambda, select 'Add Trigger', and specify the 'CloudWatch Event - Schedule' trigger. Example screenshot where I have an existing lambda with an SNS trigger:

Image that shows how to navigate to add trigger UI from Lambda console.

Once loaded, the UI to configure this trigger is identical to the screenshot in the above "Add Scheduled Event to a new lambda" section above.


For your example case, you'll want to use cron() instead of rate(). Cron expressions in lambda require all fields and are expressed in UTC. So to run a function every day at 5pm (UTC), use the following cron expression:

cron(0 17 * * ? *)

Further Resources


  • The name of this event type has changed from "Scheduled Event" to "CloudWatch Events - Schedule" since this feature was first released.
  • Prior to the release of this feature, the recommended solution to this issue (per "Getting Started with AWS Lambda" at 42min 50secs) was to use SWF to create a timer, or to create a timer with an external application.
  • The Lambda UI has been overhauled since the scheduled event blog post came out, and the screenshots within are no longer exact. See my updated screenshots above from 3/10/2017 for latest revisions.

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