Serverless Plugin Chrome

Plugin which bundles and ensures that Headless Chrome/Chromium is running when your AWS Lambda function handler is invoked.

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Serverless Chrome contains everything you need to get started running headless Chrome on AWS Lambda (possibly Azure and GCP Functions soon).

The aim of this project is to provide the scaffolding for using Headless Chrome during a serverless function invocation. Serverless Chrome takes care of building and bundling the Chrome binaries and making sure Chrome is running when your serverless function executes. In addition, this project also provides a few example services for common patterns (e.g. taking a screenshot of a page, printing to PDF, some scraping, etc.)

Why? Because it's neat. It also opens up interesting possibilities for using the Chrome DevTools Protocol (and tools like Chromeless or Puppeteer) in serverless architectures and doing testing/CI, web-scraping, pre-rendering, etc.

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  1. Quick Start
  2. The Project
  3. Examples
  4. Documentation & Resources
    1. Building Headless Chrome/Chromium
  5. Testing
  6. Articles & Tutorials
  7. Troubleshooting
  8. Roadmap
  9. Projects & Companies using serverless-chrome
  10. Change log
  11. Contributing
  12. Prior Art
  13. License

Quick Start

"Bla bla bla! I just want to start coding!" No problem:

Using AWS Lambda, the quickest way to get started is with the Serverless-framework CLI.

First, install serverless globally (npm install -g serverless) and then:

serverless create -u

Then, you must configure your AWS credentials either by defining AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY environmental variables, or using an AWS profile. You can read more about this on the Serverless Credentials Guide.

In short, either:

export AWS_PROFILE=<your-profile-name>


export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=<your-key-here>
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=<your-secret-key-here>

Then, to deploy the service and all of its functions:

npm run deploy

Further details are available in the Serverless Lambda example.

The Project

This project contains:


A collection of example functions for different providers and frameworks.


Documentation & Resources

Building Headless Chrome/Chromium


Test with npm test. Each package also contains it's own integration tests which can be run with npm run test:integration.

Articles & Tutorials

A collection of articles and tutorials written by others on using serverless-chrome


Can't get Selenium / ChromeDriver to workMake sure that the versions of serverless-chrome, chromedriver, and Selenium are compatible. More details in [#133](



  1. Support for Google Cloud Functions
  2. Example for Apex
  3. Example for Claudia.js


  1. DOM manipulation and scraping example handler


  1. Support for Azure Functions
  2. Headless Firefox

Projects & Companies using serverless-chrome

Tell us about your project on the Wiki!

Change log



OMG. Yes. Plz, halp meeee.

Prior Art

This project was inspired in various ways by the following projects:


serverless-chrome © Marco Lüthy. Released under the MIT license.
Authored and maintained by Marco Lüthy with help from contributors. · GitHub @adieuadieu · Twitter @adieuadieu · Medium @marco.luethy