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A packaging tool for Python AWS serverless applications.

Project description

Python AWS SAM –> PyAWSSAM –> Pawssam –> Possum


Possum can be installed from the Python Package Index:

$ pip install possum

Possum required Python 3.6+ and pipenv (pipenv must be installed separately and is not installed with Possum).


Possum is a packaging tool for serverless Python-based applications using the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM).

The sam package or aws cloudformation package options have a limitation when it comes to Python Lambda functions: they have no means of packaging external dependencies. This means that developers are always on their own for creating those Lambda artifacts, uploading them to S3, and deploying.

Possum aims to serve as a replacement to the basic package functions. The tool is based upon my approach to serverless AWS applications (opinionated) and may not be a fit for all parties.

Basic Usage

Run Possum from the repository directory containing the serverless application.

$ possum '<s3-bucket-name>'

The above command will package the Python Lambda functions and upload them to S3 assuming the template file is named template.yaml. You can specify the template’s name with the -t/--template argument:

$ possum '<s3-bucket-name>' -t my-template.yml

The generated deployment template will printed on the screen.

You can also specify the deployment template be written to a file by passing a name to the -o/--output-template argument:

$ possum '<s3-bucket-name>' -o deployment.yaml

You can view the options and instructions for using Possum with the -h argument:

$ possum -h
usage: possum [-h] [-t template] [-o output] s3_bucket

Possum is a utility to package and deploy Python-based serverless
applications using the Amazon Serverless Application model with
per-function dependencies using Pipfiles.

positional arguments:
  s3_bucket             The S3 bucket to upload artifacts

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -t template, --template template
                        The filename of the SAM template
  -o output, --output-template output
                        Optional filename for the output template

Repository Structure

Possum is designed around a serverless application existing entirely within a single repository.

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At the root level of the repository is the template.yaml file for CloudFormation.

For each AWS Lambda function defined in the template, Possum references the Properties:CodeUri key for the path to the function’s directory. Possum will exit with an error if the function’s Properties:Runtime value does not match python*.

The contents of each functions’ directory will be copied to a temporary build directory. If a Pipfile and Pipfile.lock exist, the external packages will be installed into the build directory. The entire contents of the build directory will then be zipped into a deployable Lambda artifact.

All artifacts will be uploaded to the provided S3 bucket. The imported template will be updated with the S3 locations for each Lambda function and written stdout or a file if the -o argument was provided.

The generated deployment template can be used with sam deploy or aws cloudformation deploy to deploy the application.

AWS Credentials

Possum uses the Boto3 SDK for uploading artifacts to S3. You can set your AWS access and secret keys in your environment variables as described in the Boto3 documentation. Possom also accept a profile name for your AWS credentials file via the -p--profile argument.

$ possum '<s3-bucket-name>' --profile '<my-profile-name>'

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