Calls a specified function.


You can exchange information between processes or functions by calling functions or publishing messages. The difference is that:

  • Calling functions is bidirectional. After the caller sends a message to the receiver, the caller will receive a message returned by the receiver.
  • Publishing messages is unidirectional. The sender does not need a response from the receiver.

invokeFunction(params, callback)

Parameter Type Description
params object The parameter object. For more information, see the table Parameter descriptions of params.
callback(err, data) function The callback function. The callback function must follow standard JavaScript practices. For more information, see the table Parameter descriptions of callback.
Table 1. Parameter descriptions of params
Parameter Type Description
serviceName String The service name. It is the name of the service to which the function belongs is in Alibaba Cloud Function Compute.
functionName String The function name that is defined in Alibaba Cloud Function Compute.
invocationType String The call method.
  • Sync: synchronous
  • Async: asynchronous
This is a synchronous call by default.
payload String|Buffer The input parameter information of the function.
Table 2. Parameter descriptions of callback
Parameter Type Description
err Error
  • If the call is successful, err is null.
  • If the call fails, err contains the error information.
data object The return value of the called function.

Sample requests

  • Sample code for calling a function

    In the code, the function with serviceName=EdgeFC and functionName=helloworld is called.

    'use strict';
    const leSdk = require('linkedge-core-sdk');
    const fc = new leSdk.FCClient();
    module.exports.handler = function (event, context, callback) {
      var ctx = {
        custom: {
          data: 'Custom context from Invoker',
      var invokerContext = Buffer.from(JSON.stringify(ctx)).toString('base64');
      var invokeParams = {
        serviceName: 'EdgeFC',
        functionName: 'helloworld',
        invocationType: 'Sync',
        invokerContext: invokerContext,
        payload: 'String message from Invoker.',
      fc.invokeFunction(invokeParams, (err, data) => {
        if (err) {
        } else {
          console.log(data.payload); // Message from helloworld
  • Sample code of a function to be called

    The following helloworld function code indicates how a called function parses input parameters from the caller and returns the result to the caller.

    module.exports.handler = function(event, context, callback) {
      console.log(event);   // String message from Invoker.
      console.log(context); // { requestId: '4', invokerContext: {custom: { data: 'Custom data from Invoker' }}}
      console.log(; // Custom data from Invoker
      console.log('-- hello world');
      callback(null, 'Message from helloworld'); // Return the result to Invoker.