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cargo lambda build

Within a Rust project that includes a Cargo.toml file, run the cargo lambda build command to natively compile your Lambda functions in the project. The resulting artifacts such as binaries or zips, will be placed in the target/lambda directory. This is an example of the output produced by this command:

❯ tree target/lambda
├── delete-product
│   └── bootstrap
├── dynamodb-streams
│   └── bootstrap
├── get-product
│   └── bootstrap
├── get-products
│   └── bootstrap
└── put-product
    └── bootstrap

5 directories, 5 files

Output Format

By default, cargo-lambda produces a binary artifact for each Lambda functions in the project. However, you can configure cargo-lambda to produce a ready to upload zip artifact.

The --output-format parameter controls the output format, the two current options are zip and binary with binary being the default.

Example usage to create a zip.

cargo lambda build --output-format zip


By default, cargo-lambda compiles the code for Linux X86-64 architectures, you can compile for Linux ARM architectures by providing the right target:

cargo lambda build --target aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu

ℹ️ Starting in version 0.6.2, you can use the shortcut --arm64 to compile your functions for Linux ARM architectures:

cargo lambda build --arm64

Compilation Profiles

By default, cargo-lambda compiles the code in debug mode. If you want to change the profile to compile in release mode, you can provide the right flag.

cargo lambda build --release

When you compile your code in release mode, cargo-lambda will strip the binaries from all debug symbols to reduce the binary size.


cargo-lambda can also build Lambda Extensions written in Rust. If you want to build a extension, use the flag --extension to put the output under target/lambda/extensions, so you don't mix extensions and functions.

cargo lambda build --release --extension

If you want to create a zip file with the structure that AWS Lambda expects to find extensions in, add the --output-format flag to the previous command, and cargo-lambda will zip the extensions directory with your extension inside.

cargo lambda build --release --extension --output-format zip

How does it work?

cargo-lambda uses Zig and cargo-zigbuild to compile the code for the right architecture. If Zig is not installed in your host machine, the first time that your run cargo-lambda, it will guide you through some installation options. If you run cargo-lambda in a non-interactive shell, the build process will fail until you install that dependency.

Released under the MIT License.