Determine the right memory for your Lambda using AWS CloudWatch Logs Insights

Determining the right memory for your Lambda Function is one of the important things you should know. This will help you in both - performance optimization and cost management.

You can save some good amount of money by reducing the allocated memory to over-provisioned Lambdas.

In this post, you will understand one of the way to figure out the right amount of memory for your Lambda Function.


This approach makes use of Amazon CloudWatch logs. So, make sure Lambda execution role has enough permission to send logs to Amazon CloudWatch.

Step 1: Invoke Lambda Function N Times

In the first step, you just need to invoke your Lambda Function multiple times, say 10 times, 50 times, 100 times or more. These executions will generate logs in Amazon CloudWatch, that you will be using in further steps.

To invoke your Lambda Function multiple times, you can use any approach from the following:

  • Use some Load Testing tool such as JMeter, k6, NBomber, etc.
  • Use EventBridge rule to run on a schedule and invoke Lambda
  • Invoke Lambda Function using code
  • Invoke Lambda Function manually from console

or any other way which you are comfortable with.

Step 2: Query Logs using Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights

Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights allows you to search and analyze your log data stored in Amazon CloudWatch Logs. You can perform queries to efficiently and effectively analyze log data for specific use cases.

Example of most common use cases:

  • Lambda: View latency statistics for 5-minute intervals
  • Lambda: Determine the amount of overprovisioned memory
  • Lambda: Find the most expensive requests
  • VPC Flow Logs: Top 20 source IP addresses with highest number of rejected requests
  • Common queries: Number of exceptions logged every 5 minutes
  • Common queries: 25 most recently added log events

Follow below easy steps to run a query in Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights.

  1. Go to Amazon CloudWatch, select Logs Insights from the left menu
  2. Select the Log Group of your Lambda Function from the dropdown (select only 1 at a time)
  3. Select the time duration, when you ran your Lambda Function multiple times
  4. Copy below query and press Run query button.
filter @type = "REPORT"
      | stats max(@memorySize / 1000 / 1000) as provisonedMemoryMB,
          min(@maxMemoryUsed / 1000 / 1000) as smallestMemoryRequestMB,
          avg(@maxMemoryUsed / 1000 / 1000) as avgMemoryUsedMB,
          max(@maxMemoryUsed / 1000 / 1000) as maxMemoryUsedMB,
          provisonedMemoryMB - maxMemoryUsedMB as overProvisionedMB

Here is an screenshot with above query: image

Step 3: Observing Results

After running the above query in Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights, you will get result like below. This result will provide you numbers for below parameters:

  • avgMemoryUsedMB
  • maxMemoryUsedMB
  • overProvisionedMB
  • provisonedMemoryMB
  • smallestMemoryRequestMB

With the help of above parameters, you can easily decide how much memory would be required for your Lambda Function to run efficiently. To be on the safe side, you should always provision some extra memory.



In this post, you learned how can you determine the right memory size for your Lambda Function using Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights. Please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below.

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