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This is my node.js code:

const dbConfig = require('./config/dbConfig')

const mysql = require('mysql')

var con = mysql.createConnection({


  user: dbConfig.username,

  password: dbConfig.password,

  database: dbConfig.database


function readMessages (event, context, callback) {

  console.log('function triggered')

  con.connect((err) => {

    if (err) {



    } else {


      con.query('SELECT * FROM Messages WHERE isDeleted = 0;', (err, result, fields) => {

        if (err) {



        } else {



          callback(null, result)






exports.handler = readMessages

The code is working fine as it is retrieving data from the database and displaying on the screen when I run it locally.

I am receiving an error if I run it in Lambda, which shows 7.01 seconds. Shows that the task has timed out.

The code and its dependencies are packaged in a file named, then were uploaded into aws-lambda.

├── config

│   └── dbConfig.js

├── index.js

└── node_modules

The only log message printed by the function I have created is function triggered, I cant really find other log messages being generated by my function in the cloud watch log.

Why does the function timed out on aws-lambda?

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I will put in some pointers for you to remember while doing this, mostly those points will answer your question:

  1. Make your RDS instance publicly accessible else the Lambda function will not be able to establish connection. This might be the biggest reason why it is not working.

  2. Try debugging the code with multiple console.log statements and find out where the error is.

  3. If RDS is publicly accessible and connection is been made but it is timing out; then try a sample code to connect to the database.

  4. Also, add the context.succeed(“Some message”) con.end() in the node.js code

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