Mike Dalrymple V4 Signatures with Go on Lambda

V4 Signatures with Go on Lambda

The AWS Go SDK’s V4 Signer requires Credentials. While you can create Credentials with an access key and secret, when you’re running in Lambda you should get the credentials from your function’s assumed role. The documentation doesn’t provide a clear example of how to do this, but it’s easy.

Credentials can be found in session.Session.Config.Credentials. The following snippet will create a v4.Signer with the credentials from the configured session. Setting the SharedConfigState to session.SharedConfigEnable will ensure that the config is based on ~/.aws/config and ~/.aws/credentials.

package main

func main() {
	awsSess, err := session.NewSessionWithOptions(session.Options{
		SharedConfigState: session.SharedConfigEnable,
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("failed creating session: %s", err)
	signer := v4.NewSigner(awsSess.Config.Credentials)

	// signer can now be used to sign requests.


I have published a sample project called go-lambda-v4-signature on GitHub so you can see this in action. The function can be run locally or as a Lambda function. It will use whatever credentials are provided by the session to retrieve a list of your S3 buckets and log them.