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Node.js Alexa Task Issue

I'm currently coding a Node.js Alexa Task via AWS Lambda, and I have been trying to code a function that receives information from the OpenWeather API and parses it into a variable called weather. The relevant code is as follows:

var request = require('request');

var weather = "";

function isBadWeather(location) {

      var endpoint = "http://api.openweathermap.org/data/2.5/weather?q=" + location + "&APPID=205283d9c9211b776d3580d5de5d6338";

      var body = "";

      request(endpoint, function (error, response, body) {

            if (!error && response.statusCode == 200) {

                  body = JSON.parse(body);

                  weather = body.weather[0].id;




function testWeather()


      setTimeout(function() {

      if (weather >= 200 && weather < 800)

            weather = true;


            weather = false;


      generateResponse(buildSpeechletResponse(weather, true), {});

      }, 500);


I ran this snippet countless times in Cloud9 and other IDEs, and it seems to be working flawlessly. However, when I zip it into a package and upload it to AWS Lambda, I get the following error:


    "errorMessage": "Cannot find module '/var/task/index'",

    "errorType": "Error",

    "stackTrace": [

        "Function.Module._load (module.js:276:25)",

        "Module.require (module.js:353:17)",

        "require (internal/module.js:12:17)"



I scoured countless articles and installed module-js, request, and many other Node modules that should make this code run, but nothing seems to fix this issue. Here is my directory, just in case:

- planyr.zip

   - index.js

   - node_modules

   - package.json

Does anyone know what the issue could be?

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If it is Mac, Run this script in your terminal.

zip -r ../yourfilename.zip *

For Windows:

Compress-Archive -LiteralPath node_modules, index.js -DestinationPath yourfilename.zip

Or just select all the files and ZIP it and upload to the management console. Simple!

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