Kinesis Events

Jets supports Kinesis Events as a Lambda trigger. You can use Lambda to process the data from Kinesis. The Lambda function has access to the stream data via event and kinesis_data.


Generate code.

jets generate:event data --trigger kinesis --method file

It looks something like this.

Here is an example connecting an existing Kinesis stream to a Lambda function in a Event.


class DataEvent < ApplicationEvent
  kinesis_event "my-stream" # existing stream
  def file
    puts "event #{JSON.dump(event)}"
    puts "kinesis_data #{JSON.dump(kinesis_data)}"

Here’s the Lambda function with Kinesis as a trigger.

You can also check that the Lambda function is connected to Kinesis via the aws lambda list-event-source-mappings:

$ aws lambda list-event-source-mappings
    "EventSourceMappings": [
            "UUID": "861c866f-356a-4dba-9191-6ed853118fba",
            "StateTransitionReason": "User action",
            "LastModified": 1550287680.0,
            "BatchSize": 100,
            "State": "Enabled",
            "FunctionArn": "arn:aws:lambda:us-west-2:112233445566:function:demo-dev-data_event-file",
            "EventSourceArn": "arn:aws:kinesis:us-west-2:112233445566:stream/my-stream",
            "LastProcessingResult": "OK"

Create Stream Example

Here’s an example of creating a kinesis stream via the CLI:

aws kinesis create-stream --stream-name my-stream --shard-count 1

Send Test Data

Here’s an example of sending the data. Note, you have to base64 encode the payload data.

aws kinesis put-record --stream-name my-stream --partition-key 1 --data $(echo "hello world" | base64)

Tailing Logs

It helps to tail the logs and watch the event as it comes through.

jets logs -f -n data_event-file

Event Payload

The event payload from CloudWatch Log is a base64 encoded String within a JSON structure. Here’s an example to help explain:


    "Records": [
            "kinesis": {
                "kinesisSchemaVersion": "1.0",
                "partitionKey": "1",
                "sequenceNumber": "49593016666855735301798073856083438124424404568371101698",
                "data": "aGVsbG8gd29ybGQ=",
                "approximateArrivalTimestamp": 1550289189.474
            "eventSource": "aws:kinesis",
            "eventVersion": "1.0",
            "eventID": "shardId-000000000000:49593016666855735301798073856083438124424404568371101698",
            "eventName": "aws:kinesis:record",
            "invokeIdentityArn": "arn:aws:iam::112233445566:role/demo-dev-DataEvent-OUD26QSQSWKN-DataEventFileIamRole-CM2L7G0KZVY",
            "awsRegion": "us-west-2",
            "eventSourceARN": "arn:aws:kinesis:us-west-2:112233445566:stream/my-stream"


["hello world"]

Here the data aGVsbG8gd29ybGQ= is hello world. Example:

$ echo "aGVsbG8gd29ybGQ=" | base64 -d
hello world

Since there can be multiple records, kinesis_data is an Array that contains the unencoded data of each element.

Here’s a screenshot of the event in the CloudWatch Log console.

IAM Policy

Jets generates an IAM policy for the Lambda function associated with the Kinesis event that allows the permissions needed. You can control and override the IAM policy with normal IAM Policies if required, though.