Workaround for "Failed to create template" Error with .NET 7 RC1 and Lambda Functions

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UPDATE - The release of Amazon.Lambda.Templates, version 6.4.0 resolves this problem. Updating is the best solution. Run dotnet new -i Amazon.Lambda.Templates to perform the update.

But if you are unable to update, follow the procedure below.

If you are using AWS .NET Lambda templates version 6.3.0 or earlier, and you install .NET 7 RC 1, you get an error when you try to create a new Lambda function project.

If you run -

dotnet new lambda.EmptyFunction --name MyFunction

You will get an error like this -

Template "Lambda Empty Function" could not be created.
Failed to create template.
Details: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

The same error occurs when trying to create Lambda serverless projects -

dotnet new serverless.AspNetCoreWebAPI --name AspNetCoreWeblAPI

The workaround is to create a global.json in the folder where you want to create the Lambda project.

Check what version of .NET SDK you have installed -

dotnet --list-sdks

You will see the list of installed SDKs -

6.0.304 [C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk]
6.0.401 [C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk]
7.0.100-rc.1.22431.12 [C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk]

Choose the version you want and run -

dotnet new globaljson --sdk-version 6.0.401

This creates a global.json file with the following content -

  "sdk": {
    "version": "6.0.401"

Now your dotnet new lambda... commands will work.

To find out more about the global.json file, see this article.

One thing to keep in mind, if you are creating a Lambda custom runtime project to use .NET 7, you will need to delete the global.json file for compilation to work.

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