Today I Learned

Careful sending complex objects to lambda callback

Ran into an issue today with the following code. It's the second or third time it's bitten me, and I think this time I finally am learning the general guideline: don't pass complex objects into your lambda success/failure callbacks!

export async function main(event, context, callback) {
  const id =;
  try {
    const result = await startExecution(
      process.env.statemachine_arn, JSON.stringify({ id })
    callback(null, success({ status: true, result }));
  } catch (error) {
    callback(error, failure({ status: false, message: error.message }));

This lambda will fail with Converting circular structure to JSON exception, because the result object returned from the startExecution function is a big complex object that doesn't work with JSON.stringify. I've had the same thing happen to me with the results of axios requests, as well as other AWS service calls.

To fix, don't pass result but instead pass only what you need returned, or simply true.