Serverless Plugin Layer Manager

Plugin for improved AWS Lambda layer management, including install hooks, export options and improved retain support

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Plugin for the Serverless framework that offers improved AWS Lambda layer management.

The Serverless framework supports AWS Lambda layers, but there are some shortcomings:

  • When creating Node.JS layers from local directories you create a directory containing a nodejs folder with a package.json file in it. However, the Serverless framework will not automatically install the dependencies used by the layer, so it needs to be done manually using e.g. hooks.

  • Layers are not exported by default. To export a layer you must declare your XxxLambdaLayer resources under Output and add an Export property manually

  • If using retain: true on your layers, it's not possible to reference them from functions in the same stack, since layer names will be appended with a unique version hash. You either need to stop using retain or put your layers in a separate stack and export them using the trick above, and then reference them from your functions in another stack.

This plugin fixes all these problems by automatically adding hooks to invoke npm install on each declared Node.JS layer, and by transforming the generated CloudFormation template to export the layers and to properly reference the versioned layers from functions.


npm install --save-dev serverless-plugin-layer-manager


  - serverless-plugin-layer-manager

That's it! You may now reference your layers from functions in the same file like

    path: lib
    name: dev-foo-lib
    description: My library
    retain: true
    handler: index.handler
      # Note the reference being the TitleCase representation of the layer id followed by "LambdaLayer"
      - {Ref: LibLambdaLayer}

The lib layer will be installed and its node_modules packaged into the artifact, and the function will use the layer.

You may customize the features by adding a layerConfig object under custom, supporting the following properties:

    installLayers: <boolean>
    exportLayers: <boolean>
    upgradeLayerReferences: <boolean>
    exportPrefix: <prefix used for the names of the exported layers>

By default, all config options are true and the exportPrefix is set to ${AWS:StackName}-.