Steve Butler Steve Butler - 2 months ago 44
Python Question

AWS Lambda sending HTTP request

This is likely a question with an easy answer, but i can't seem to figure it out.

Background: I have a python Lambda function to pick up changes in a DB, then using HTTP post the changes in json to a URL. I'm using urllib2 sort of like this:

# this runs inside a loop, in reality my error handling is much better
request = urllib2.Request(url)
request.add_header('Content-type', 'application/json')
response = urllib2.urlopen(request, json_message)
response = "Failed!"

It seems from the logs either the call to send the messages is skipped entirely, or times-out while waiting for a response.

Is there a permission setting I'm missing, the outbound rules in AWS appear to be right. [Edit] - The VPC applied to this lambda does have internet access, and the security groups applied appear to allow internet access. [/Edit]

I've tested the code locally (connected to the same data source) and it works flawlessly.

It appears the other questions related to posting from a lambda is related to node.js, and usually because the url is wrong. In this case, I'm using a url, that i know is working as it works when running locally.


I've setup my NAT gateway, and it should work, I've even gone as far as going to a different AWS account, re-creating the conditions, and it works fine. I can't see any Security Groups that would be blocking access anywhere. It's continuing to time-out.

Turns out i was just an idiot when i setup my default route to the NAT Gateway, out of habit i wrote instead of


If you've deployed your Lambda function inside your VPC, it does not obtain a public IP address, even if it's deployed into a subnet with a route to an Internet Gateway. It only obtains a private IP address, and thus can not communicate to the public Internet by itself.

To communicate to the public Internet, Lambda functions deployed inside your VPC need to be done so in a private subnet which has a route to either a NAT Gateway or a self-managed NAT instance.