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Shim is a thin layer between API Gateway integration requests via Lambda and the standard library http.Handler interface. It allows you to write plain ol' Go and run it on Lambda with minimal modifications. Bring your own router!

Shim uses Go modules to model its dependencies.


For an extensive example on how shim fits in with other AWS serverless tooling like SAM Local and the Serverless Application Model (SAM) specification head over to the this example in the wiki

Note: API Gateway

Make sure that proxy pass integration in API Gateway is enabled to make sure your application receives every request sent to your API Gateway endpoint.


package main

import (



func main() {
  // Create a router as normal. Any router that satisfies the http.Handler interface
  // is accepted!
  mux := http.NewServeMux()
  mux.HandleFunc("/", func(w http.ResponseWriter, req *http.Request) {
    fmt.Fprint(w, "hello, world")

  s := shim.New(mux)

  // Pass your router to shim and let Lambda handle the rest

With Debugging Logger

You can pull logs from various steps in the shim by passing the SetDebugLogger option. It accepts any logger that provides the Println and Printf functions a lá the standard library logger.

func main() {

  l := log.New(os.Stdout, "", log.LstdFlags)
  shim := shim.New(
    nil, // or your mux

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