AWS SVS (staws) Guide

Install (requires npm)

npm install -g staws



Staws uses Lambda, API Gateway, and IAM to fulfill users' infrastructure requirements. It maps each host within a .sa file to a single lambda and implements Http with API Gateway. It creates new IAM roles for each deploy based on the ID of the .sa file, and it creates a new role for each lambda and API Gateway. To do so, it needs access to a user with the following minimum IAM policy configuration:

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Sid": "VisualEditor0",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": [
      "Resource": "*"

staws command reference

  -v or --version   prints the version of staws
  -h or --help      prints this documentation
  .sa file          deploys the contents of the .sa file
                      EX: staws


Users can supply a staws.json in the same directory they're executing staws from to provide additional AWS specific behavior. If no staws.json is found, staws provides a default:

"config": {
  "region": "us-west-2"


The easiest way to supply credentials while running staws is by letting stratc use your shared credentials file. If you wish to create a custom user to have staws run under, you can do so by supplying an access key directly inside the config block of your staws.json:

  "config": {
    "region": "us-west-2",
    "accessKeyId": "<access key>",
    "secretAccessKey": "<secret>"


A region must be supplied in your staws.json, and that region must have Lambda and API gateway.

Additional Lambda Permissions

If your component code needs to access additional resources outside those created by Strat like a DynamoDb table you can supply them in the staws.json config file in a roles property:

  "config": {
    "region": "us-west-2"
  "roles": {
    "<SERVICE NAME>": [
        "action": [ "dynamodb:Scan" ],
        "arn": "arn:aws:dynamodb:*:*:table/<YourTable>"

The roles property is a map where keys are service or source names that should get extra permissions, and the values are lists of IAM-policy-document-like (the capitalization is different) objects.

Action must be an array of strings, each of which must be an AWS Action. Unfortunately, these are pretty hard to look up. You can run your code and see what errors occur--AWS is good about letting you know what action you need.

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