AWS Lambda Function is misinterpreting event dictionary in python?

I am trying to deploy a google calendar api to AWS Lambda. Since I was facing a problem in extracting the value from the event dictionary (created by lambda from the JSON payload of a POST request), i created a toy function to test

def handler(event,context):

    if a=='create':
        return {
                "statusCode": 200,
                "headers": { "Content-Type": "text/plain"},
                #"body": "Event_id"+ str(event_identifier) + " Event Link: " +str(links)
                "body" : str(a)
        return {
                "statusCode": 200,
                "headers": { "Content-Type": "text/plain"},
                #"body": "Event_id"+ str(event_identifier) + " Event Link: " +str(links)
                "body" : "nope"

While testing on the Lambda console with the following JSON, I get the correct response.

Test Payload: { "start_time" : "2018-01-24T09:00:00", "end_time" : "2018-01-24T13:00:00", "type": "create", "event_identifier": "pvno", "summary": "Company", "booking-email": "[email protected]" }


  "body": "create",
  "headers": {
    "Content-Type": "text/plain"
  "statusCode": 200

When I send the same payload from postman(binary or body POST) (or test on API gateway console), I get "None" when I return the value from event.get("type").

To explain further, if I try and get the event.get('body') and return it all as a string I get the below, which is incorrect according to how the lambda event should work:

  "start_time" : "2018-01-24T09:00:00",
  "end_time" : "2018-01-24T13:00:00",
  "type": "create",
  "event_identifier": "pvnoc",
  "summary": "Company",
  "booking-email": "[email protected]"

My questions:

  • What am I doing wrong?
  • How can I get the correct value from the event dictionary?

Answers 1

    • The request is fully packaged and sent as a single string in the 'body' key of the event dict.
    • This behaviour is different from the test console or invoking from CLI which has only the payload in the event dict meaning event.get('type') works directly.

    Example code showing how to access the value of "type" key in payload:

    import json
    def lambda_handler(event, context):
        body_str = event.get("body", "{}")
        body_str = body_str if body_str else "{}"
        body_obj = json.loads(body_str)
        a = body_obj.get("type", "")

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