Skip to main content

Wrap a WSGI application in an AWS Lambda handler function for running on API Gateway or an ALB.

Project description pre-commit

Wrap a WSGI application in an AWS Lambda handler function for running on API Gateway or an ALB.

A quick example:

from apig_wsgi import make_lambda_handler
from myapp.wsgi import app

# Configure this as your entry point in AWS Lambda
lambda_handler = make_lambda_handler(app)


Use pip:

python -m pip install apig-wsgi

Python 3.8 to 3.12 supported.

Working on a Django project? Improve your skills with one of my books.


Use apig-wsgi in your AWS Lambda Function that you attach to one of:

Both “format version 1” and “format version 2” are supported (documentation). apig-wsgi will automatically detect the version in use. At time of writing, “format version 2” is used for Lambda Function URL’s and API Gateway HTTP API’s.

make_lambda_handler(app, binary_support=None, non_binary_content_type_prefixes=None)

app should be a WSGI app, for example from Django’s or Flask’s Flask() object.

binary_support configures whether responses containing binary are supported. The default, None, means to automatically detect this from the format version of the event - on it defaults to True for format version 2, and False for format version 1. Depending on how you’re deploying your lambda function, you may need extra configuration before you can enable binary responses:

  • ALB’s support binary responses by default.

  • API Gateway HTTP API’s support binary responses by default (and default to event format version 2).

  • API Gateway REST API’s (the “old” style) require you to add '*/*' in the “binary media types” configuration. You will need to configure this through API Gateway directly, CloudFormation, SAM, or whatever tool your project is using. Whilst this supports a list of binary media types, using '*/*' is the best way to configure it, since it is used to match the request ‘Accept’ header as well, which WSGI applications often ignore. You may need to delete and recreate your stages for this value to be copied over.

Note that binary responses aren’t sent if your response has a ‘Content-Type’ starting ‘text/’, ‘application/json’ or ‘application/vnd.api+json’ - this is to support sending larger text responses, since the base64 encoding would otherwise inflate the content length. To avoid base64 encoding other content types, you can set non_binary_content_type_prefixes to a list or tuple of content type prefixes of your choice (which replaces the default list).

If the event from API Gateway contains the requestContext key, for example on format version 2 or from custom request authorizers, this will be available in the WSGI environ at the key apig_wsgi.request_context.

If you want to inspect the full event from API Gateway, it’s available in the WSGI environ at the key apig_wsgi.full_event.

If you need the Lambda Context object, it’s available in the WSGI environ at the key apig_wsgi.context.

If you’re using “format version 1”, multiple values for request and response headers and query parameters are supported. They are enabled automatically on API Gateway but need explict activation on ALB’s. If you need to determine from within your application if multiple header values are enabled, you can can check the apgi_wsgi.multi_value_headers key in the WSGI environ, which is True if they are enabled and False otherwise.


An example Django project with Ansible deployment is provided in the example/ directory in the repository. See the README.rst there for guidance.

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distribution

apig_wsgi-2.18.0.tar.gz (17.0 kB view hashes)

Uploaded source

Built Distribution

apig_wsgi-2.18.0-py3-none-any.whl (8.4 kB view hashes)

Uploaded py3

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page