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Chalice: Quickstart and Tutorial []

Quickstart and Tutorial

In this tutorial, you’ll use the chalice command line utility to create and deploy a basic REST API. First, you’ll need to install chalice. Using a virtualenv is recommended:

$ pip install virtualenv
$ virtualenv ~/.virtualenvs/chalice-demo
$ source ~/.virtualenvs/chalice-demo/bin/activate

Note: make sure you are using python2.7, python3.6, or python3.7. These are the only python versions currently supported by AWS Lambda so they are also the only versions supported by the chalice CLI and chalice python package. You can find the latest versions of python on the Python download page. You can check the version of python in your virtualenv by running:

# Double check you have a supported python version in your virtualenv
$ python -V

Next, in your virtualenv, install chalice:

$ pip install chalice

You can verify you have chalice installed by running:

$ chalice --help
Usage: chalice [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...


Before you can deploy an application, be sure you have credentials configured. If you have previously configured your machine to run boto3 (the AWS SDK for Python) or the AWS CLI then you can skip this section.

If this is your first time configuring credentials for AWS you can follow these steps to quickly get started:

$ mkdir ~/.aws
$ cat >> ~/.aws/config
region=YOUR_REGION (such as us-west-2, us-west-1, etc)

If you want more information on all the supported methods for configuring credentials, see the boto3 docs.

Creating Your Project

The next thing we’ll do is use the chalice command to create a new project:

$ chalice new-project helloworld

This will create a helloworld directory. Cd into this directory. You’ll see several files have been created for you:

$ cd helloworld
$ ls -la
drwxr-xr-x   .chalice
-rw-r--r--   requirements.txt

You can ignore the .chalice directory for now, the two main files we’ll focus on is and requirements.txt.

Let’s take a look at the file:


The new-project command created a sample app that defines a single view, /, that when called will return the JSON body  {"hello": "world"} .


Let’s deploy this app. Make sure you’re in the helloworld directory and run  chalice deploy :

$ chalice deploy
Initiating first time deployment...

You now have an API up and running using API Gateway and Lambda:

$ curl
{"hello": "world"}

Try making a change to the returned dictionary from the index() function. You can then redeploy your changes by running  chalice deploy .

For the rest of these tutorials, we’ll be using httpie instead of curl ( to test our API. You can install httpie using  pip install httpie , or if you’re on Mac, you can run  brew install httpie . The Github link has more information on installation instructions. Here’s an example of using httpie to request the root resource of the API we just created. Note that the command name is http:

$ http
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: 18
Content-Type: application/json
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:55:50 GMT
X-Cache: Miss from cloudfront

    "hello": "world"

Additionally, the API Gateway endpoints will be shortened to https://endpoint/api/ for brevity. Be sure to substitute https://endpoint/api/ for the actual endpoint that the chalice CLI displays when you deploy your API (it will look something like

09:25 PM, 24 Dec 2019 by Iuri Sampaio Permalink

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