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Adding a Custom Domain Name – AWS SAM

Hi everyone,

It’s been a long time but I’m messing around with AWS SAM again. I’m currently converting www.testerwidgets.com into an AWS SAM application. As part of this I needed to add a custom domain. Unfortunately, the doco on how to do this isn’t great so I’m going to share what ended up working for me just in case it helps someone else.

To start, these are the resources that you’ll need in your template.yaml:


    Type: AWS::CertificateManager::Certificate
      DomainName: !Sub api-${Stage}.YOUR_DOMAIN.com
      ValidationMethod: DNS

    Type: AWS::Serverless::Api
      StageName: !Ref Stage
      # Allows www.YOUR_DOMAIN.com to call these APIs
      # SAM will automatically add AllowMethods with a list of methods for this API
      Cors: "'www.YOUR_DOMAIN.com'"
      EndpointConfiguration: REGIONAL
        DomainName: !Sub api-${Stage}.YOUR_DOMAIN.com
        CertificateArn: !Ref ApiCertificate
          HostedZoneName: "YOUR_DOMAIN.com." # NOTE: The period at the end is required

You’ll also need to make sure your reference the gateway from your function:

  # This lambda function handles is used to test endpoint availability.
    Type: AWS::Serverless::Function
      Handler: src/handlers/get-ping.getPingHandler
      Runtime: nodejs14.x
        - x86_64
      MemorySize: 128
      Timeout: 30
          Type: Api
            Path: /ping2 # NOTE: AWS overrides the ping command.
            Method: GET
              Ref: ApiGatewayApi # NOTE: Make sure you have this referencing correctly.
      Description: Responds with 'Pong' if successful.

Now when you run AWS deploy it will continue as usual until it gets to the stage of creating your certificate:

Here it is looking for a specific DNS entry in order to confirm that you own the domain. You’ll need to go into Route53 (or whichever other DNS provider you’re using) and add a CNAME entry with the specified details:

Note that your name and value contents should come from the output of the ApiCertificate job (highlighted in the screenshot above).

Once that’s done you’ll need to wait about sixty seconds for the DNS records to propagate within AWS. You should then be able to access your api using the new domain:

Thanks to the follow github post for the pointers in the right direction: https://github.com/aws/aws-sam-cli/issues/2290

aws sam No hosted zones named found

Note that if you get the error above when trying to deploy please ensure that you’ve added the trailing “.” to your Route53 HostedZoneName in the api-gateway in your template.yaml:

        DomainName: !Sub api-${Stage}.yourdomain.com
        CertificateArn: !Ref ApiCertificate
          HostedZoneName: "your-domain.com." # NOTE: The period at the end is required

Configure AWS Route53 domain to point to DigitalOcean name servers

Hey everyone,

This is a quick post on how to point your AWS Route53 domain to DigitalOcean. I’m currently messing around with Kubernetes on DigitalOcean (DOKS) and want to use their name servers to nginx.

The guide I was following (https://github.com/digitalocean/Kubernetes-Starter-Kit-Developers/blob/main/03-setup-ingress-controller/nginx.md) was missing a specific walkthrough for Route53 so I’m just posting what I did in case anyone else finds it useful.

To start, open up the “Registered Domains” tab on Route 53: https://console.aws.amazon.com/route53/home#DomainListing

Then click on your domain and under name servers click “Add or edit name servers”:

Replace the existing aws nameservers with the digital ocean ones and then click update:

The values that you’ll need to use are:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Note that these changes aren’t immediate. However, you should see a success message and receive an email notification stating the changes have been requested.

I found the AWS doco useful when trying to sort this one out: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/Route53/latest/DeveloperGuide/domain-name-servers-glue-records.html#updating-name-servers-other-dns-service