Serverless API

Create Golang Serverless REST API in AWS Lambda

Today, we are learning how to create a basic serverless Golang API with Serverless Framework and deploy it to AWS Lambda and AWS API Gateway. Serverless API or FaaS (Function as a Service) has been a trend in modern software architecting for years.

There are a few reasons that I do like serverless API

  • It saves more costs compared to hosting your API in the long run machine if you have fewer requests.
  •  It comes with auto-scaling to accommodate your traffic pattern.
  •  Easy to build as you can isolate each API.

Configure AWS Credentials

Before we start, we have to set up AWS credentials to allow us to deploy the APIs to AWS. You may need to create a new AWS IAM user with that AdministratorAccess policy.

$ aws configure
AWS Access Key ID (None): aws_access_key_id
AWS Secret Access Key (None): aws_secret_access_key
Default region name (None): us-east-2
Default output format (None): json

Getting Started

First, let’s create the project for our serverless API. The Serverless CLI provides a simple command to create a template project for us to start developing.

$ npm install -g serverless
$ serverless create -t aws-go -p my-apis

Next, we need to install the go modules.

$ cd my-apis
$ go mod init myApi
$ go mod tidy

Now, we have all the dependencies installed.

Deploying to AWS Lambda

If you look at the my-apis project, you should see a Makefile with the following contents at the project’s root.

.PHONY: build clean deploy

	env GOARCH=amd64 GOOS=linux go build -ldflags="-s -w" -o bin/hello hello/main.go
	env GOARCH=amd64 GOOS=linux go build -ldflags="-s -w" -o bin/world world/main.go

	rm -rf ./bin

deploy: clean build
	sls deploy --verbose

NOTE: You must add a new line in the build command every time you add a new API.

We will be using the deploy command to deploy to AWS.

$ make deploy

Once the deployment is successful, you will see the endpoints of the endpoint created.


You can click on any endpoint above and see the message below.

{"message":"Go Serverless v1.0! Your function executed successfully!"}

That’s it! We have created two simple APIs without even writing any codes yet. Next, we will create a new API that returns a JSON.

Create New API

First, let’s create a new folder named my-first-api and then create a main.go file in the folder. Add the following content in the main.go file.

package main

import (


type Response events.APIGatewayProxyResponse

func Handler(ctx context.Context) (Response, error) {
	var buf bytes.Buffer

	body, err := json.Marshal(map[string]interface{}{
		"message": "I have created a new Golang API!",
	if err != nil {
		return Response{StatusCode: 404}, err
	json.HTMLEscape(&buf, body)

	resp := Response{
		StatusCode:      200,
		IsBase64Encoded: false,
		Body:            buf.String(),
		Headers: map[string]string{
			"Content-Type": "application/json",

	return resp, nil
func main() {

After that, we need to define a new function in the serverless.yml file so that Serverless Framework will deploy the new API to API Lambda and integrate it with AWS API Gateway.

# Other configurations

  # Other functions

  # New API definition
    handler: bin/my-first-api # Destination of the built folder for the API
      - httpApi:
          path: /my-first-api # You can define any path for the API
          method: get         # Request method for the API

Last but not least, we must build the new API before deploying it to AWS Lambda. Add a new line in the build command in the Makefile.

# Other commands

    # Other build commands
	env GOARCH=amd64 GOOS=linux go build -ldflags="-s -w" -o bin/my-first-api my-first-api/main.go

We are all prepared at this stage. We need to run the make deploy command again, and the Serverless Framework will deploy the new Golang API to AWS Lambda. Similar to the initial deployment, the APIs’ endpoint will be printed in the console. The new API’s endpoint should look like this:


If you open the endpoint in the browser, you will see the JSON response.

{"message":"I have created a new Golang API!"}


Overall, serverless Golang APIs provide a powerful, efficient, and cost-effective solution for building APIs, making them attractive to many businesses and developers. I hope you can see how easy for us to create the Serverless API in less than a few commands.

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