Based on what we have gone through in this guide, it makes sense that we have a good starting point for our future projects. For this we created a couple of Serverless starter projects that you can use called, Serverless Node.js Starter. We also have a Python version called Serverless Python Starter. Our starter projects also work really well with Seed; a fully-configured CI/CD pipeline for Serverless Framework.

Serverless Node.js Starter uses the serverless-webpack plugin, the serverless-offline plugin, Babel, and Jest. It supports:

  • Use ES7 syntax in your handler functions
  • Package your functions using Webpack
  • Run API Gateway locally
    • Use serverless offline start
  • Support for unit tests
    • Run npm test to run your tests
  • Sourcemaps for proper error messages
    • Error message show the correct line numbers
    • Works in production with CloudWatch
  • Automatic support for multiple handler files
    • No need to add a new entry to your webpack.config.js
  • Add environment variables for your stages


A demo version of this service is hosted on AWS -

And here is the ES7 source behind it.

export const hello = async (event, context, callback) => {
  const response = {
    statusCode: 200,
    body: JSON.stringify({
      message: `Go Serverless v1.0! ${(await message({ time: 1, copy: 'Your function executed successfully!'}))}`,
      input: event,

  callback(null, response);

const message = ({ time, }) => new Promise((resolve, reject) => 
  setTimeout(() => {
    resolve(`${rest.copy} (with a delay)`);
  }, time * 1000)



To create a new Serverless project.

$ serverless install --url --name my-project

Enter the new directory.

$ cd my-project

Install the Node.js packages.

$ npm install


To run a function on your local

$ serverless invoke local --function hello

To simulate API Gateway locally using serverless-offline

$ serverless offline start

Run your tests

$ npm test

We use Jest to run our tests. You can read more about setting up your tests here.

Deploy your project

$ serverless deploy

Deploy a single function

$ serverless deploy function --function hello

To add environment variables to your project

  1. Rename env.example to env.yml.
  2. Add environment variables for the various stages to env.yml.
  3. Uncomment environment: ${file(env.yml):${self:provider.stage}} in the serverless.yml.
  4. Make sure to not commit your env.yml.

So give it a try and send us an email if you have any questions or open a new issue if you’ve found a bug.