AWS Lambda Function: Tracing is Not Enabled for the


AWS Lambda supports tracing through AWS X-Ray, a service that provides insights into the behavior of your applications, helping understand how they are performing and where bottlenecks are occurring. If tracing is not enabled for a Lambda function, it means you're missing out on valuable diagnostic information that can assist in understanding the flow of requests, interactions with other services, and the identification of performance bottlenecks or errors.


1. Enable Tracing for Lambda:

AWS Management Console:
  • Navigate to the Lambda service in the AWS Console.
  • Choose the Lambda function you want to enable tracing for.
  • Under the Configuration tab, go to the Monitoring and operations tools section.
  • In the X-Ray section, select Enable active tracing.
  • Save your changes.

To enable X-Ray tracing for a specific Lambda function:

aws lambda update-function-configuration --function-name YOUR_LAMBDA_FUNCTION_NAME --tracing-config Mode=Active

If you're using Terraform to manage your Lambda function, you can enable X-Ray tracing with the following configuration:

resource "aws_lambda_function" "example" {
  # ... other Lambda configurations ...

  tracing_config {
    mode = "Active"

Make sure you've included necessary permissions for the Lambda function to interact with X-Ray. This typically involves adding xray:PutTraceSegments and xray:PutTelemetryRecords permissions to the IAM role used by the Lambda function.


It's highly recommended to enable tracing for Lambda functions, especially those that interact with other AWS services or serve critical workloads. AWS X-Ray provides a comprehensive view of requests as they travel through your application and helps identify performance bottlenecks, slow-downs, and errors. Ensure you regularly review traces, especially after code changes, deployments, or when investigating issues.