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Part 1 we talked about the advantage of adopting fission as serverless framework on kubernetes, basic concept of around fission core and how to create a simple HelloWorld example with fission.

In this post we’ll dive deeper to see what’s the payload of a HTTP request being passed to user function and learn how to create a guestbook application consists with REST functions in Golang.

How Fission maps HTTP requests to user function 

Before we diving into code, we first need to understand what exactly happened inside Fission. Here is a brief diagram describes how requests being sent to function inside Kubernetes cluster.

router maps req to fn

The requests will first come to the router and it checks whether the destination URL and HTTP method are registered by http trigger. Once both are matched, router will then proxy request to the function pod (a pod specialized with function pointed by http trigger) to get response from it; reject, otherwise.

What’s Content of Request Payload 

Now, we know how a request being proxied the user function, there are some questions you might want to ask:

  1. Will router modify http request?
  2. What’s the payload will be passed to function?

To answer these questions, let’s create a python function that returns HTTP Header, Query String and Message Body to see what’s inside of a request sent to user function.

  • requestdata.py
from flask import request
from flask import current_app

def main():
    current_app.logger.info("Received request")
    msg = "\n---HEADERS---\n%s\n---QUERY STRING---\n%s\n\n--BODY--\n%s\n-----\n" % (request.headers, request.query_string, request.get_data())
    return msg
$ fission env create --name pythonv1 --image fission/python-env --version 1 --period 5

# With flag --method and --url, we can create a function and a HTTP trigger at the same time. 
$ fission fn create --name reqpayload --env pythonv1 \
    --code requestdata.py --method POST --url "/test/{foobar}"

$ curl -X POST -d '{"test": "foo"}' \
    -H "Content-Type: application/json" \

NOTE: For how to set up $FISSION_ROUTER, please visit https://docs.fission.io/latest/installation/env_vars/

Request Payload 

Accept-Encoding: gzip
Connection: close
Accept: */*
User-Agent: curl/7.54.0
Content-Length: 15
Content-Type: application/json
X-Fission-Function-Uid: 82c95606-9afa-11e8-bbd1-08002720b796
X-Fission-Function-Resourceversion: 480652
X-Fission-Function-Name: reqpayload
X-Fission-Function-Namespace: default
X-Fission-Params-Foobar: pathvar


b'{"test": "foo"}'

As you can see, the router leaves query string and body parts intact, so you can access the value as usual.

On the other hand, some header fields was changed/add to the payload, following we will explain where the value/fields came from.

Fields Changed

  • Host: Originally, the host is address to the fission router. The value was replaced with the address of function pod or the kubernetes service address of function.

  • X-Forwarded-For: The address of docker network interface was added during proxy stage.

Fields Added

  • X-Fission-Function-*: The metadata of function that processing the request.

  • X-Fission-Params-*: The path parameters specified in http trigger url. One thing worth to notice is that the name of parameter will be convert to a form with upper case of first character and lower case for the rest. For example, {foobar} in "/test/{foobar}" will be converted and added to request header with header key X-Fission-Params-Foobar.

A Serverless Guestbook Application in Golang (Sample) 

In this section, we use a simple guestbook to explain how to create a serverless application.

router maps req to fn

The guestbook is composed with four REST APIs and each API consist of a function and a HTTP trigger.


You can clone repo below and follow the guide to install/try guestbook sample.

Create Fission Objects for REST API 

A REST API uses HTTP method to determine what’s the action server needs to perform on resource(s) represents in the URL.

POST   http://api.example.com/user-management/users/{id}
PUT    http://api.example.com/user-management/users/{id}
GET    http://api.example.com/user-management/users/{id}
DELETE http://api.example.com/user-management/users/{id}

To create a REST API with fission, we need to create following things to make it work:

  • HTTP Trigger with specific HTTP method and URL contains the resource type we want manipulate with.
  • Function to handle the HTTP request.

HTTP Trigger 

At part1, you can create a HTTP trigger with command

$ fission httptrigger create --method GET --url "/my-first-function" --function hello

There are 3 important elements in the command:

  • method: The HTTP method of REST API
  • url: The API URL contains the resource placeholder
  • function: The function reference to a fission function

As a real world REST API, the URL would be more complex and contains the resource placeholder. To support such use cases, you can change URL to something like following:

$ fission httptrigger create --method GET \
    --url "/guestbook/messages/{id}" --function restapi-get

Since fission uses gorilla/mux as underlying URL router, you can write regular expression in URL to filter out illegal API requests.

$ fission httptrigger create --method GET \
    --url "/guestbook/messages/{id:[0-9]+}" --function restapi-get


To handle a REST API request, normally a function need to extract resource from the request URL. In fission you can get the resource value from request header directly as we described in Request Payload.

That means you can get value from header with key X-Fission-Params-Id if URL is /guestbook/messages/{id}.

In Golang you can use CanonicalMIMEHeaderKey to transform letter case.

import (

const (
    URL_PARAMS_PREFIX = "X-Fission-Params"

func GetPathValue(r *http.Request, param string) string {
    // transform text case
    // For example: 'id' -> 'Id', 'fooBAR' -> 'Foobar', 'foo-BAR' -> 'Foo-Bar'.
    param = textproto.CanonicalMIMEHeaderKey(param)

    // generate header key for accessing request header value
    key := fmt.Sprintf("%s-%s", URL_PARAMS_PREFIX, param)

    // get header value
    return r.Header.Get(key)

When Golang server receive HTTP requests, it dispatches entrypoint function and passes whole response writer and request object to the function.

func MessageGetHandler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {

In this way, you can access query string and message body as usual.

func GetQueryString(r *http.Request, query string) string {
    return r.URL.Query().Get(query)
body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(r.Body)
if err != nil {
    err = errors.Wrap(err, "Error reading request body")

Access Third-Party Service in Function 

In guestbook application we need to store messages in database. Since fission is build on top of kubernetes, it’s very easy to achieve this by creating Kubernetes Service(svc) and Deployment let function to access with.

Access 3rd service

apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
  name: cockroachdb
  namespace: guestbook
    name:  cockroachdb
    service: database
  type:  ClusterIP
  - name: db
    port: 26257
    targetPort:  26257
  - name: dashboard
    port: 8080
    targetPort: 8080

In cockroachdb.yaml, we create a deployment and service for CockroachDB. After the creation, the function can access the service with DNS name <service>.<namespace>:<port>. In this case, the DNS name will be cockroachdb.guestbook:26257.

dbUrl := "postgresql://[email protected]:26257/guestbook?sslmode=disable"


This part we know what’s the actual request payload a function get and understand how to developer a guestbook application that store message in 3rd-party database service.

Part 3 will introduce how to use AJAX to interact with backend function also how to deploy a application to different fission clusters.

And feel free to join the Fission community!

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