To use Python for programming in Function Compute, you must define a Python function as the handler function. This topic describes Python event functions.

Background information

Function Compute supports the following Python runtime environments:

  • Python 2.7 with Python 2.7 runtime
  • Python 3.6 with Python 3 runtime


The following example shows the definition of a simple handler function, which is an event function:

def my_handler(event, context):
    return 'hello world'

Function name

my_handler must correspond to the handler field that you specify when you create a function. For example, if you set handler to main.my_handler when you create an event function, Function Compute loads the my_handler function defined in the file.

The event parameter

  • The event parameter indicates the data that is passed in when you call a function. In Python 2.7, this parameter is of the str type. In Python 3, this parameter is of the bytes type. The event parameter is an input parameter of the function.
  • You can convert this parameter as needed because it is not defined by the function. For example, if a JSON string is passed in, you can convert it to a data dictionary.
      "key": "value"

For example, event is passed in and value is returned.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import json
def my_handler(event, context):    
    evt = json.loads(event)    
    return evt['key']

The context parameter

The context parameter contains the runtime information of a function, such as the request ID and temporary AccessKey pair. You can use the runtime information in your code. This parameter is of the FCContext type.

The context parameter is defined as follows:

class Credentials:    
    def __init__(self, access_key_id, access_key_secret, security_token):        
        self.access_key_id = access_key_id        
        self.access_key_secret = access_key_secret        
        self.security_token = security_token

class ServiceMeta:    
    def __init__(self, service_name, log_project, log_store, qualifier, version_id):        = service_name        
        self.log_project = log_project        
        self.log_store = log_store        
        self.qualifier = qualifier        
        self.version_id = version_id

class FunctionMeta:    
    def __init__(self, name, handler, memory, timeout, initializer, initialization_timeout):        = name        
        self.handler = handler        
        self.memory = memory        
        self.timeout = timeout        
        self.initializer = initializer        
        self.initialization_timeout = initialization_timeout

class FCContext:    
    def __init__(self, account_id, request_id, credentials, function_meta, service_meta, region):        
        self.request_id = request_id        
        self.credentials = credentials        
        self.function = function_meta        
        self.service = service_meta        
        self.region = region        
        self.account_id = account_id

The following table lists the fields contained in the context parameter.

Field Description
requestId The ID of the call request. You can record the ID for troubleshooting if an error occurs.
function Basic information of the current function, such as the name, handler, memory, and timeout period of the function.
credentials The temporary AccessKey pair obtained by Function Compute from assuming your service role. The temporary AccessKey pair is valid for six hours. For more information, see Permissions for services. You can use credentials in your code to access the related service such as Object Storage Service (OSS). This allows you not to write your AccessKey pair in the function code.
service The information about the service to which the function belongs. This field contains the service name, the project and Logstore information of Log Service to which the service is connected, and qualifier and version_id that indicate the service version information. The qualifier parameter indicates the service version or alias that is specified when the function is called. The version_id parameter indicates the version of the service that is called.
region The region to which the function applies, such as cn-shanghai.
accountId The ID of the Alibaba Cloud account that calls the function.

The following sample code shows how to upload a file to OSS by using a temporary AccessKey pair.

import json
import oss2

def my_handler(event, context):    
    evt = json.loads(event)    
    creds = context.credentials   
    # do not forget security_token    
    auth = oss2.StsAuth(creds.access_key_id, creds.access_key_secret, creds.security_token)    
    bucket = oss2.Bucket(auth, evt['endpoint'], evt['bucket'])    
    bucket.put_object(evt['objectName'], evt['message'])   
    return 'success'
Notice When you use a temporary AccessKey pair to access OSS, you must add a temporary token.