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How to import boto3==1.1.4 on AWS Lambda

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I am trying to use boto3==1.1.4 on AWS Lambda.

I did not find a way to import this version, even though I have in included in the zip archive.

Running the code locally it reports version 1.1.4

On AWS Lambda it reports only version 1.1.3.

Trying to request specific version by means of pkg_resources.require(“boto3==1.1.4”) does not improve the situation.

This is my code:

from lxml import etree
from py.path import local
import json
import gzip
import pkg_resources
import boto3

assert boto3.__version__ == "1.1.4"

s3 = boto3.resource("s3")

def fetch(bucket_name, key_name, version_id, fname):
    keyver = s3.ObjectVersion(bucket_name, key_name, version_id).Object()

    assert "download_file" in dir(keyver)
    return fname.strpath

def transform(fname):
    doc = etree.parse(fname.strpath)
    ids = doc.xpath("//ElaboratedRecord/@id")
    data = json.dumps(ids)
    return data

def publish(data, bucket_name, key_name, tmpdir):
    fname = tmpdir / "es.json.gz"

        with, "wb") as gf:
        extra_args = {"ContentType": "application/json",
                      "ContentEncoding": "gzip"}
        s3.Object(bucket_name, key_name).upload_file(fname.strpath,

def main(event, context):
    assert len(event["Records"]) == 1
    s3rec = event["Records"][0]["s3"]
    bucket_name = s3rec["bucket"]["name"]
    key_name = s3rec["object"]["key"]
    version_id = s3rec["object"]["versionId"]

    tmpdir = local.mkdtemp()
    infname = tmpdir / "es.xml.gz"
        fetch(bucket_name, key_name, version_id, infname)
        data = transform(infname)
        pubbucket = ""
        pubkey = "region/cz/EventService.json"
        publish(data, pubbucket, pubkey, tmpdir)
        tmpdir.remove(rec=1, ignore_errors=True)

When I run this code, log reports:

START RequestId: 1fbc70e5-76a6-11e5-bb30-f17c9f6ee1a6 Version: $LATEST
module initialization error: (boto3 1.1.3 (/var/runtime), Requirement.parse('boto3==1.1.4'))

END RequestId: 1fbc70e5-76a6-11e5-bb30-f17c9f6ee1a6

This is probably more related to AWS Lambda environment itself, but I have no other place to report this problem.

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 8 years ago
  • Comments:6 (1 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

vlcinskycommented, Oct 23, 2015

Thanks @mtdowling

I have found description of my problem in the forum:

  • it is considered a bug, which shall be resolved and resolution reported to given thread
  • there is simple workaround mentioned there.

As this is not related to boto3 but to AWS Lambda, I consider this issue to be closed (in boto3 tracker).

Btw, the workaround looks as follows:

import os
import os.path
import sys

root = os.environ["LAMBDA_TASK_ROOT"]
sys.path.insert(0, root)
import boto3 #should grab boto3 from included zip first 
secureoptionscommented, Jul 18, 2019

If you don’t want to package a more recent boto3 version with you function, you can download boto3 with each invocation of the Lambda. Remember that /tmp/ is the directory that Lambda will allow you to download to, so you can use this to temporarily download boto3:

import sys
from pip._internal import main

main(['install', 'boto3', '--target', '/tmp/'])

import boto3
from botocore.exceptions import ClientError

def handler(event, context):
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