Quickly publish serverless applications in the cloud.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Panda Sky

Quicky publish severless APIs to AWS.


Install panda-sky as a global package, granting you access to the sky executable.

npm install -g panda-sky

Make sure you have an AWS account, and that you store your credentials at ~/.aws/credentials.

If you don't have an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account currently, stop here, go signup and get CLI access credentials and then come back here.

Quick Start

These commands will take you from start to functioning deployment that you can iterate on.

mkdir hello-sky && cd hello-sky
npm init
sky init
sky build
sky publish staging

In about 60 seconds, you will see a message like this:

Your API is online and ready at the following endpoint: https://<API-ID>

If you direct your browser to https://<API-ID>, you will see the test message from the API you just deployed. Adding your name to the URL path will change the page, a simple demonstration dynamic behavior.

You can also view a description of the API by directing a request against the API root, https://<API-ID>

What Panda Sky Does

This is a slightly more detailed walkthrough that includes how to give your application a custom domain and have Panda Sky setup the Route53 routing on your behalf.

Initialize your app.

mkdir greeting-api && cd greeting-api
npm init
sky init

Panda Sky needs a package.json to anchor your project's dependencies when it gathers them and sends them to AWS to be used within a Lambda. sky init gives you the starter files for a project.

Define your API.

Edit your api.yaml. This file is the authoritative description of your API. Panda Sky uses it to build an API within the API Gateway platform. Each method is mapped to a corresponding Lambda that gets invoked when the method's handler recieves an HTTP request.



    path: "/greeting/{name}"
    description: Returns a greeting for {name}.


      method: GET
        status: 200
        accept: text/html

Define a handler.

Add a JavaScript file under src/sky.js:

Lambdas execute Javascript code compatible with Node 6.10. Lambdas accept context from the corresponding Gateway method's HTTP request. After executing arbitrary code, the result is returned in the callback and sent as the response in the Gateway method.

The code snippet below shows a section of the template code sky init drops into your repo. This method is invoked when the GET method is used in a request against the greeting resource. Edits here affect the API's response.

API[`${fullName}-greeting-get`] = async( function*(data, context, callback) {
  var message, name;
  name = || "World";
  message = `<h1>Hello, ${name}!</h1>`;
  message += "<p>Seeing this page indicates a successful deployment of your test API with Panda Sky!</p>";
  return callback(null, message);

Environmental Variables

Panda Sky supports the injection of environmental variables into your Lambda's context. These can be accessed from the process Node variable.

Currently within api.yaml, however this may be moved into sky.yaml so they can be set on a per-environment basis.

  foobar: This optional value is injected into the Lambda context


var {foobar} = process.env;

Built-in Helpers

Panda Sky comes with helpers to ease development within a Lambda environment:

# Import Panda Sky Helpers
{response, s3} = require "panda-sky-helpers"


  • s3 is a wrapper around the AWS SDK library for S3.
{get, put, del} = s3 BucketName
data = yield get "foobar.yaml"

The get, put, and del methods do what they say. They are promises you can either chain .then or use ES6's yield / generator construct with. They are very thin wrappers, either succeeding or returning an error directly from the AWS library.


To invoke a given response within a Lambda, use the response class from Panda Sky

# Import Panda Sky Helpers
{response} = require "panda-sky"
new response.NotFound("Unable to locate the blog post in the database")
new response.Unauthorized("You must login to access this resource")
new response.ServiceUnavailable("Try again in 30 minutes")

It takes the form:

new response.<Response Type>(<Optional message>)

Note that responses must be explicitly definied within the API description.

Custom Domains

In order to publish your API to production, you need a domain to publish it to. You need to tell AWS about it and acquire an SSL (TLS) cert.

Add The Domain To Your Configuration

Add the name of your API and the domain to your sky.yaml file:

This file tracks the overall configuration for your app. Panda Sky divides configuration between "environments" to group related config within one cli target. It allows you to switch your environment target without repeatedly editing this file.

The cache stanza holds configuration for CloudFront distributions, which provides both edge caching for your API responses and custom domain assignment. Please note that setting up a distribution is time-intensive. It can take 15-30 minutes to setup and sync your allocation across AWS's global constellation of edge servers.

name: greeting
description: Greeting API
  runtime: nodejs6.10
  region: us-west-2

        - staging-api

        - api
        expires: 1800
        priceClass: 100

Publish Your API

Publish your lambdas and their associated Gateway.

sky publish staging

Publish Your Custom Domain

Your environment's custom domain is treated as a seperate resource. Publishing it will take a while (~30 minutes), but Sky (and AWS) are doing a lot for you. In addition to a custom domain with TLS termination, CloudFront is synchronizing an edge cache among servers deployed across the planet.

Test It Out

Hello, Ace!


Panda Sky is in beta.