LocalStack Extensions

Using LocalStack Extensions to extend and customize LocalStack

LocalStack Extensions allow developers to extend and customize LocalStack. The feature and the API are currently experimental and may be subject to change.

Using Extensions

Extensions are a LocalStack Pro feature. To use and install extensions, use the CLI to first login to your account

$ localstack login
Please provide your login credentials below
Username: ...

To get a list of all available commands in LocalStack Extensions, run:

$ localstack extensions --help

Usage: localstack extensions [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  Manage LocalStack extensions (beta)

  --help  Show this message and exit.

  init       Initialize the LocalStack extensions environment
  install    Install a LocalStack extension
  uninstall  Remove a LocalStack extension

To install an extension, specify the name of the pip dependency that contains the extension. For example, for the official Stripe extension, you can either use the package distributed on PyPI:

$ localstack extensions install localstack-extensions-stripe

You can alternatively install it directly from our Git repository:

$ localstack extensions install "git+https://github.com/localstack/localstack-extensions/#egg=localstack-extensions-stripe&subdirectory=stripe"

Developing Extensions

Extensions API

LocalStack exposes a Python API for building extensions that can be found in the core codebase in localstack.extensions.api.

The basic interface to implement is as follows:

class Extension(BaseExtension):
    An extension that is loaded into LocalStack dynamically. The method
    execution order of an extension is as follows:

    - on_extension_load
    - on_platform_start
    - update_gateway_routes
    - update_request_handlers
    - update_response_handlers
    - on_platform_ready
    - on_platform_shutdown

    namespace: str = "localstack.extensions"
    """The namespace of all basic localstack extensions."""

    name: str
    """The unique name of the extension set by the implementing class."""

    def on_extension_load(self):
        Called when LocalStack loads the extension.

    def on_platform_start(self):
        Called when LocalStack starts the main runtime.

    def update_gateway_routes(self, router: Router[RouteHandler]):
        Called with the Router attached to the LocalStack gateway. Overwrite this to add or update routes.
        :param router: the Router attached in the gateway

    def update_request_handlers(self, handlers: CompositeHandler):
        Called with the custom request handlers of the LocalStack gateway. Overwrite this to add or update handlers.
        :param handlers: custom request handlers of the gateway

    def update_response_handlers(self, handlers: CompositeResponseHandler):
        Called with the custom response handlers of the LocalStack gateway. Overwrite this to add or update handlers.
        :param handlers: custom response handlers of the gateway

    def on_platform_ready(self):
        Called when LocalStack is ready and the Ready marker has been printed.

    def on_platform_shutdown(self):
        Called when LocalStack is shutting down. Can be used to close any resources (threads, processes, sockets, etc.).

        Added in v1.4

A minimal example would look like this:

import logging
from localstack.extensions.api import Extension

LOG = logging.getLogger(__name__)

class ReadyAnnoucerExtension(Extension):
    name = "my_ready_annoucer"

    def on_platform_ready(self):
    	LOG.info("my plugin is laded and localstack is ready to roll!")

Package your Extension

Your extensions needs to be packaged as a Python distribution with a setup.cfg or setup.py config. LocalStack uses the Plux code loading framework to load your code from a Python entry point.

You can either use Plux to discover the entrypoints from your code when building and publishing your distribution, or manually define them as in the example below.

A minimal setup.cfg for the extension above could look like this:

name = localstack-extension-ready-announcer
description = LocalStack extension that logs when LocalStack is ready to receive requests
author = Your Name
author_email = your@email.com
url = https://link-to-your-project

zip_safe = False
packages = find:
install_requires =

localstack.extensions =
    my_ready_annoucer = localstack_annoucer.extension:ReadyAnnoucerExtension

The entry point group is the Plux namespace locastack.extensions, and the entry point name is the plugin name my_ready_announcer. The object reference points to the plugin class.