Flutter and AWS

Flutter and AWS

Endgame ??

What if our organization does not want to use Firebase ? Hmmm…..

This article sneak peeks into the world of Amazon, typically AWS


Flutter and AWS
Flutter and AWS

For the programming of this demo, we have used 

  1. Amazon s3 Bucket
  2. Amazon Lambda Functions
  3. Obviously Flutter :p

Step 1:

Create account on Amazon Developer Console

Step 2:

Search for s3 in the Management console…

AWS Console…
AWS Console…

Create Bucket as per your choice…

By default the bucket is not public, so we need to make it…

Click on your bucket name (aseemwangoobucket) in my case….

s3 public access…
s3 public access…

Click on Permissions Tab…

Turn off (Block all public access)…

Public access…
Public access…

Next, go to Bucket policy…. and paste below 

"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
"Sid": "Stmt1405592139000",
"Effect": "Allow",
"Principal": "*",
"Action": "s3:*",
"Resource": [
"arn:aws:s3:::'NAME OF YOUR BUCKET'/*",
"arn:aws:s3:::'NAME OF YOUR BUCKET'"

NOTE : Replace ‘NAME OF YOUR BUCKET’ with your bucket name…

This allows us to perform operations of any type on our bucket…

Step 3 :

We need to make apis in order to perform operations on the bucket..

To make apis, AWS offers Lambda similar to Cloud Functions….

Go to AWS Console and search for Lambda….

AWS Lambda…
AWS Lambda…

How to write and deploy Lambdas…

  1. Install serverless : This is a nodeJS package which helps us to write Lambdas and deploy them onto AWS
npm install -g serverless

2. Set up your AWS credentials…..(Follow this video)

serverless config credentials --provider aws --key 'YOUR AWS KEY' --secret 'YOUR AWS SECRET'

You should get output as 

Serverless: Setting up AWS...
Serverless: Saving your AWS profile in "~/.aws/credentials"...
Serverless: Success! Your AWS access keys were stored under the "default" profile.

3. Create a project (serverless)

# Create a new Serverless Service/Project
serverless create --template aws-nodejs

handler.js -> Where you write your logic...

serverless.yml -> Where you describe your deployment...


handler: handler.getAllFiles
- http:
path: /getAllFiles
method: get

handler: handler.uploadFile
- http:
path: /uploadFile
method: post

For instance, get and post url endpoints….

In the handler.js file…

Logic for getting all Files, from AWS storage…

module.exports.getAllFiles = async (event, context) => {

let files = [];

let params = {
Bucket: process.env.BUCKET, /* required */
Prefix: 'upload'

let result = await s3.listObjectsV2(params).promise();

let data = result.Contents;
Object.keys(data).forEach((key, index) => {

let fileObject = data[key];


return {
statusCode: 200,
body: JSON.stringify({
files: files,
bucketName: `${result.Name}`,
subFolder: `${result.Prefix}`,
}, null, 2),

Logic for uploading files to bucket…

module.exports.uploadFile = async (event, context) => {

let request = event.body;
let jsonData = JSON.parse(request);
let base64String = jsonData.base64String;
let buffer = Buffer.from(base64String, 'base64');
let fileMime = fileType(buffer);

if (fileMime == null) {
return context.fail('The string supplied is not a file type.');

let file = getFile(fileMime, buffer);
//Extract file info in getFile
//File.params would have
//{'params': params,uploadFile': uploadFile};
  let params = file.params;

let result = await s3.putObject(params).promise();

return {
statusCode: 200,
body: JSON.stringify({
url: `${file.uploadFile.full_path}`,
}, null, 2),
Flutter and AWS….
Flutter and AWS

Note : Files will be saved or deleted from the S3 bucket, which you set earlier….

4. For deploying 

serverless deploy

5. You can use this url in the Flutter App for fetching,uploading or deleting files from the S3 bucket

This gives you the REST url……

Note : You don’t need to deploy separately for getting different urls. Just deploy once and you will get the endpoints on the basis of your serverless.yaml file