This is an image thumbnail generation sample using AWS Lambda and the Sigma IDE.
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S3 Thumbnail Generator

This sample is an implementation of the image thumbnail generation sample (adapted from the AWS documentation) on top of the Sigma IDE.


All deployments of this application are based on Amazon AWS. You can open the project using the Sigma IDE. You can [create an account] and provide your AWS credentials to open the project (Your AWS credentials will not be acquired by SLAppForge under any circumstances).

Once you have completed the signup process, select the s3-thumbnail-generator option under the Samples option on the Project page. If you are already inside an open project, you can use the Change Project toolbar button instead.

Use Case Description

Similar to the original AWS sample, sample picks up image files placed in an S3 bucket, converts them into thumbnails, and uploads them into another S3 bucket. It uses imageMagick from the gm library for the thumbnail generation step, and the standard AWS JavaScript SDK for file uploads and downloads. In addition to the original sample, this sample makes the uploaded thumbnails files publicly readable using the acl parameter of the putObject S3 operation.

Getting Started

In order to get started, simply open the sample project from the Sigma IDE.

Because bucket names in S3 are globally unique, you will have to change the bucket name used in the sample, in order to avoid conflicts during deployment. For this,

  1. Update the triggers of the lambda function to point to the correct source bucket.
  • click the Manage Triggers icon (the green circle with a lightning icon) on the left margin of the code editor (line 20),
  • click on each of the two triggers in turn (to open the trigger editor pop-up),
  • select New Bucket,
  • enter a desired name for the source bucket, and
  • click Update.

Alternatively, you can also select an existing bucket on your AWS account, using the Existing Bucket option.

  1. Update the source bucket in the application code to point to the new bucket name.
  • click the Edit Operation icon (the small red S3 icon) on the left margin of the code editor near the s3.getObject call (line 45),
  • select Existing Bucket (since you already defined it under the trigger), and
  • select the bucket name that you entered earlier, for the trigger, and
  • click Update.
  1. Update the destination bucket in the application code to point to a new bucket name.
  • click the Edit Operation icon (the small red S3 icon) on the left margin of the code editor near the s3.putObject call (line 73),
  • select New Bucket (or Existing Bucket if you want the thumbnails to be saved into an already existing bucket on your account),
  • enter (or select) the destination bucket name, and
  • click Update.


Once you are done, click the Deploy Project toolbar button. Since you have made changes in the project, the IDE will commit a copy of the project into a repository on your own GitHub account, so that you can keep on playing with the source code to get familiar with the application later on.

Once you provide a commit message and click Commit, the IDE will automatically commit and build the project, and finally show a Changes Summary pop-up so that you can review the deployment configuration of the project on the AWS side. Clicking Execute on this pop-up will start the deployment process.


After the deployment, you can test the sample application by simply dropping a JPG or PNG file into the source bucket that you selected, and verifying that a new thumbnail image file (named thumb-<original file name>) gets created in the destination bucket.



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