When you use Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) for programming in Function Compute, you must define a PHP function as a handler. This topic describes the structure and features of PHP event functions.

Event function handler

The following sample code defines a simple handler function:

function handler($event, $context) {
    return "hello world";

Handler function name

The handler corresponds to the handler parameter that you specify when you create a function. For example, if you specify index.handler as the handler when you create a function, Function Compute loads the handler function defined in the index.php file.

The $event parameter

The $event parameter is an input parameter of a function, which contains data that is passed in when you invoke the function. The value of this parameter is of the STRING type. PHP functions use the $event parameter that you specify without preprocessing. You can parse the $event parameter in the functions as needed. For example, the following sample JSON string is passed in. You can convert it to an array.

"key": "value"

In the following PHP function code, the $event parameter is parsed, and value is returned.

function handler($event, $context) {
     $eventObj = json_decode($event, $assoc = true);
     return $eventObj['key'];

The $context parameter

The $context parameter contains the runtime information of a function, such as the ID of the request specified by the requestId parameter and the temporary identity credentials specified by the securityToken parameter. You can use the runtime information in your code. The value of the $context parameter is of the ARRAY type. The following sample code defines the $context parameter:

  'requestId' => 'b1c5100f-819d-c421-3a5e-7782a27d8a33',
  'credentials' => [
    'accessKeyId' => 'STS.access_key_id',
    'accessKeySecret' => 'access_key_secret',
    'securityToken' => 'security_token',
  'function' => [
    'name' => 'my-func',
    'handler' => 'index.handler',
    'memory' => 128,
    'timeout' => 10,
  'service' =>[
     'name' => 'my-service',
     'logProject' => 'my-log-project',
     'logStore' => 'my-log-store',
     'qualifier' => 'qualifier',
     'versionId' => '1',
     'initializer' => 'index.initializer',
     'initializationTimeout' => 10,
  'region' => 'cn-shanghai',
  'accountId' => '123456'

The following table describes the parameters contained in the $context parameter.

Parameter Description
requestId The unique ID of the invocation request. The value of this parameter is used to troubleshoot issues and count historical invocations.
function The basic information of the invoked 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 updated every 15 minutes. You can use such credentials in your code to access related services such as Object Storage Service (OSS). This allows you not to write your AccessKey pair in the function code. For more information, see Grant permissions to a RAM user by using an Alibaba Cloud account.
service The information about the service to which the function belongs, such as the name, the related project and Logstore in Log Service, the version, and the alias of the service. The qualifier parameter specifies the version or alias of the service. The version_id parameter specifies the version of the service.
region The ID of the region to which the function applies, such as cn-shanghai. For more information, see Endpoints.
accountId The ID of the Alibaba Cloud account that is used to invoke the function. For more information, see Obtain your Alibaba Cloud account ID.


The temporary AccessKey pair is used to verify the identity and permissions of the request sender. When you use a temporary AccessKey pair to access other services such as OSS, you must specify the $securityToken parameter. The following sample code provides an example on how to upload a .txt file to an OSS bucket by using a temporary AccessKey pair:

use OSS\OssClient;
function handler($event, $context) { 
     $accessKeyId = $context["credentials"]["accessKeyId"];
     $accessKeySecret = $context["credentials"]["accessKeySecret"];
     $securityToken = $context["credentials"]["securityToken"];
     $endpoint = "oss-cn-shenzhen.aliyuncs.com";
     $ossClient = new OssClient($accessKeyId, $accessKeySecret, $endpoint, false, $securityToken);
     $bucket = "my-bucket";
     $object = "php.txt";
     $content = "Hello fc.";
     try {
        $ossClient->putObject($bucket, $object, $content);
     } catch (OssException $e) {
    return "success";