Deploying git bot release to AWS lambda

Published Dec 20, 2020

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Git bot is a monolith application written in slim and it uses twig as a view render.


This section assumes a linux based system (debian/ubuntu), but the commands presented can be arranged to fit another distros as well.

The basic setup is to follow the bref documentation guide on setting things up, but, this section lists the basic language requirements, version and additional credentials needed from AWS. The general requirements are as follows:

  1. Aws account and security credentials generated (for this post I assume the root account)
  2. PHP 7.4+
  3. Node Js 14+

The credentials (1) are downloaded from the aws console under the section Access keys (access key ID and secret access key). Clicking on “Create New Access Key” will generate the credentials and download a csv file with the content.

Installing PHP(2) and its dependencies:

sudo apt-get install php7.4 php7.4-mbstring php7.4-xml php7.4-dom php7.4-curl

Installing Nodejs(3) and its dependencies:

sudo apt-get install nvm && \
    nvm install node 14 && \
    nvm use 14 \
    npm install -g serverless

Setting up bref

To follow this section is a must to finish the requirements section and to have the credentials in place.

Setting up bref in a php project is a matter to run the installation command with composer. For all the commands in this section I assume the working directory as the one from the cloned repo: /home/Projects/git-bot-release.

The following command installs bref and its dependencies, as described in the official bref documentation [1]:

serverless config credentials --provider aws --key YOUR_ACCESS_KEY --secret YOUR_SECRET_KEY

Replace YOU_ACCESS_KEY by the key in the AWSAccessKeyId and YOUR_SECRET_KEY by AWSSecretKey. The values for each one are in the security credentials generated in the previous section.

A successful response for the command should look like:

Serverless: Setting up AWS...

Finally, for setting up bref to the project run the composer command:

composer require bref/bref

The last command to initialize bref is to run the init script with the following command:

vendor/bin/bref init

The command will prompt the following question:

> vendor/bin/bref init

 What kind of lambda do you want to create? (you will be able to add more functions later by editing `serverless.yml`) [Web application]:
  [0] Web application
  [1] Event-driven function

As git bot is a web application I chose 0, and the response to the input was as follows:

Creating serverless.yml
Creating index.php

 [OK] Project initialized and ready to test or deploy.                                                   
      The files created were automatically added to git.   


To deploy the application to aws, the command is:

serverless deploy

Note that the deployment in this stage is done via node and not php. Bref takes advantage of the work done in the serverless package to automate this step. This step will deploy the application as it is and the output log looks like:

Serverless: Deprecation warning: Starting with next major version, default value of provider.lambdaHashingVersion will be equal to "20201221"
            More Info:
Serverless: Packaging service...
Serverless: Excluding development dependencies...
Serverless: Creating Stack...
Serverless: Checking Stack create progress...
Serverless: Stack create finished...
Serverless: Uploading CloudFormation file to S3...
Serverless: Uploading artifacts...
Serverless: Uploading service file to S3 (17.35 MB)...
Serverless: Validating template...
Serverless: Updating Stack...
Serverless: Checking Stack update progress...
Serverless: Stack update finished...
Service Information
service: app
stage: dev
region: us-east-1
stack: app-dev
resources: 11
api keys:
  ANY -
  api: app-dev-api

At this point, the deployment is completed and accessing the endpoint provided should show up the bref logo.

bref welcome image

Updating the deployed app and env variables

By default the serverless.yml points to a file index.php in the root of the project, therefore, git bot uses the file in the public/index.php instead. Changing the parameter handler under api fix the index path.

Once the change is in place, the command serverless deploy also updates the app code to reflect the change.


  1. [1], “Installation,” 2021 [Online]. Available at: [Accessed: 04-Jan-2021]