Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Creating an API Gateway via AWS CDK

 Creating an API Gateway via AWS CDK

AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) is an open-source software development framework that allows you to define your infrastructure as code and deploy it using familiar programming languages such as TypeScript, JavaScript, Python, and C#.

One of the many benefits of using CDK is the ability to easily create and manage an API Gateway, which is a fully managed service that makes it easy to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale.

In this blog post, we will walk through the process of creating an API Gateway via AWS CDK.


  • An AWS account
  • Node.js and npm installed on your computer
  • The AWS CDK CLI (Command Line Interface) installed on your computer

Step 1: Create a new CDK project

First, we will create a new CDK project using the following command:

cdk init --language=javascript

This will create a new directory with the necessary files and dependencies for a CDK project.

Step 2: Add the API Gateway construct to your project

Next, we will add the API Gateway construct to our project by installing the @aws-cdk/aws-apigateway package:

npm install @aws-cdk/aws-apigateway

Step 3: Define your API Gateway

Now, let's define our API Gateway in the lib/cdk-starter-stack.js file.

First, import the ApiGateway class from the @aws-cdk/aws-apigateway package:

const { ApiGateway } = require('@aws-cdk/aws-apigateway');

Next, create a new instance of the ApiGateway class and add it to the stack:

const api = new ApiGateway(this, 'MyApi', { // optional configuration options });

Step 4: Define your API Gateway routes

Now that we have created our API Gateway, we can define the routes that our API will expose.

To do this, we will use the api.root.addResource() method to create a new resource and then use the addMethod() method to define the HTTP method for the route.

For example, to create a GET route that returns a list of items, we can do the following:

const items = api.root.addResource('items'); items.addMethod('GET');

Step 5: Deploy your API Gateway

Finally, we can deploy our API Gateway by running the following command:

cdk deploy

This will create the necessary resources in your AWS account and make your API Gateway available for use.


In this tutorial, we learned how to create an API Gateway via AWS CDK. By using CDK, we were able to define our API Gateway using familiar programming languages and deploy it with a single command.

I hope this has been helpful! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions in the comments below.

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