How to Get Lambda Runtime Region via Python

To get the AWS Region where your Lambda Function is running you will need to import the os module.

import os

Then from the os module, you need to get the value of AWS_REGION from the environ mapping variable. This will return the AWS Region where the Lambda Function is running.

runtime_region = os.environ['AWS_REGION']

Note: The way of getting the Runtime AWS Region of your Lambda Function is the same as when you get a Lambda Environment Variable.

To see this in action, create a Lambda Function and use the Python Code below.

import os

def lambda_handler(event, context):
  runtime_region = os.environ['AWS_REGION']
  print('This Lambda Function was run in region: ', runtime_region)

Since I ran the Lambda Code in N. Virginia Region I got the result us-east-1.

If you ran the code in Singapore Region then the value of os.environ['AWS_REGION'] will be ap-southeast-1.

AWS Lambda Console

Here is how it looks like in AWS Lambda Console.

Python Code in AWS Lambda Console

Here is what the result will look like.

os.environ Variable

If you want to see what is inside os.environ, try the Lambda Python Code below.

import os
import json

def lambda_handler(event, context):
  print(json.dumps(dict(os.environ), indent=4))

Use Case

This is useful when you need to send an SNS message/email that has a status on what AWS Region your Lambda Function is running.

Example would be a Lambda Function deployed to multiple regions that when it detects EBS Volumes that are not encrypted it would send an email with the EBS Volume ID and the AWS Region.

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