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Lambda delete event source mapping

Lambda delete event source mapping removes the event source mapping from an AWS Lambda function for a specific duration. Deleting an event source mapping from a Lambda function is critical. It can lead to failure in updating the database on an event trigger, which can break the service.

Lambda Delete Event Source Mapping

Use cases

Lambda delete event source mapping:

  • Determines the performance of the application (or service) without the event source mapping that may cause missing entries in a database.
  • Determines whether proper error handling or auto-recovery options have been configured for the application.


  • Kubernetes >= 1.17
  • AWS Lambda event source mapping must be healthy and attached to the Lambda function.
  • Kubernetes secret should have the AWS access configuration(key) in the CHAOS_NAMESPACE. A secret file looks like this:
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Secret
    name: cloud-secret
    type: Opaque
    cloud_config.yml: |-
    # Add the cloud AWS credentials respectively
    aws_access_key_id = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    aws_secret_access_key = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

HCE recommends that you use the same secret name, that is, cloud-secret. Otherwise, you will need to update the AWS_SHARED_CREDENTIALS_FILE environment variable in the fault template with the new secret name and you won't be able to use the default health check probes.

Below is an example AWS policy to execute the fault.

"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"Resource": "*"

Mandatory tunables

Tunable Description Notes
FUNCTION_NAME Function name of the target Lambda function. Supports single function name. For example, test-function
EVENT_UUIDS Provide the UUID for the target event source mapping. Can provide multiple values as comma-separated values. For example, id1,id2
REGION The region name of the target Lambda function. For example, us-east-2

Optional tunables

Tunable Description Notes
TOTAL_CHAOS_DURATION Duration that you specify, through which chaos is injected into the target resource (in seconds). Default: 30 s. For more information, go to duration of the chaos.
AWS_SHARED_CREDENTIALS_FILE Path to the AWS secret credentials. Default: /tmp/cloud_config.yml.
SEQUENCE It defines sequence of chaos execution for multiple instance Default: parallel. Supports serial and parallel. For more information, go to sequence of chaos execution.
RAMP_TIME Period to wait before and after injection of chaos (in seconds). For example, 30 s. For more information, go to ramp time.

Multiple event source mapping

Deletes multiple event source mappings for a specific duration using EVENT_UUIDS environment variable. This variable takes the UUID of the events as a comma-separated value.

The following YAML snippet illustrates the use of this environment variable:

# contains the removal of multiple event source mapping
kind: ChaosEngine
name: engine-nginx
engineState: "active"
chaosServiceAccount: litmus-admin
- name: lambda-delete-event-source-mapping
# provide UUIDS of event source mapping
value: 'id1,id2'
# provide the function name for the chaos
value: 'chaos-function'