This tutorial uses @upstash/redis which is designed for serverless runtimes for efficient connection handling. You can use your favorite Redis client, but you may have to deal with connection issues as described here.

Database Setup

Create a Redis database using Upstash Console or Upstash CLI. Select the same region with your AWS Lambda to minimize the latency. Copy the UPSTASH_REDIS_REST_URL and UPSTASH_REDIS_REST_TOKEN for the next steps.

Project Setup

We will use Serverless Framework but you can use AWS SAM or others.

Run npx serverless and select the AWS - Node.js - HTTP API

npx serverless

Creating a new serverless project

? What do you want to make? AWS - Node.js - HTTP API
? What do you want to call this project? aws-node-http-api-project

✔ Project successfully created in aws-node-http-api-project folder

? Do you want to login/register to Serverless Dashboard? No

? Do you want to deploy now? No

What next?
Run these commands in the project directory:

serverless deploy    Deploy changes
serverless info      View deployed endpoints and resources
serverless invoke    Invoke deployed functions
serverless --help    Discover more commands

Install dependencies:

cd aws-node-http-api-project
npm init -y
npm install @upstash/redis

The Code

Update handler.js as below and replace UPSTASH_REDIS_REST_URL and UPSTASH_REDIS_REST_TOKEN:

const { Redis } = require("@upstash/redis/with-fetch");

module.exports.hello = async (event) => {
  const redis = new Redis({

  const data = await redis.incr("counter");
  return {
    statusCode: 200,
    body: JSON.stringify({
      view_count: data,


Deploy your function with npx serverless deploy

The endpoint of the AWS Lambda function will be printed.