Serverless Framework lets you define Lambda environment variables in serverless.yml that can be accessed in your Node.js Lambda functions using the process.env object. In Seed, you can set up stage specific variables easily by referring to the stage names in your Seed project.

Let’s look at an example.

The following serverless.yml file defines the MESSAGE stage variable that takes on a stage specific value.

service: service-name

      prod: "This is production environment"
      dev: "This is development environment"

  name: aws
    MESSAGE: ${self:custom.myEnvironment.MESSAGE.${opt:stage}}

Here the value ${opt:stage} comes from the --stage option in the serverless deploy command. Internally, Seed deploys your stages using the serverless deploy --stage $STAGE_NAME command. Where the $STAGE_NAME in the name of the stage you set up in the Seed console. The stage name in your Seed console should map to the stage variables you add in your serverless.yml. You can read more about this in the adding a stage chapter.


In the example above, we have the stage variables based on the prod and dev stages in our serverless.yml and we have the exact same stages in our Seed console.

The stage name in your Seed console should map to your stage variables

This ensures that without any additional configuration the value of process.env.MESSAGE in our Lambda function will have the stage specific value that was set above.

export function main(event, context, callback) {

  // Should output
  // "This is production environment" in the prod stage
  // "This is development environment" in the dev stage


Finally, it is strongly discouraged to store sensitive values (or secrets) in your serverless.yml. For more details on this refer to the chapter on storing secrets.