Why is subscriber optional on ansible sns

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When I am subscribing a lambda function to an SNS topic through either the aws console or aws cli there is a column shown in the subscription information called "subscriber". It does contain my account id.

I don't seem to be able to control this field through the cli or console however I can through ansible:


- name: set up topic and subscribe lambda


   name: "topic_name"

   state: present

   display_name: "Display Name"


        - endpoint: "arn:aws:lambda:ap-southeast-2:123456789:function:functionName"

  protocol: "lambda"

  subscriber: 123456789

The subscriber field is optional, however SNS messages do not seem to reach lambda without it.

  • What is this field for?

  • Can I subscribe Lambdas in other accounts to my SNS topic?

  • How can I effect change in this field with AWS CLI?

  • Why is it optional in Ansible 2.4

Aug 8, 2018 in AWS by bug_seeker
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Couldn't find reference to ghost field i.e. subscriber.

Maybe it was supported in older sdk/api and now has been dropped.


  1. I don't see subscriber field in the console when subscribing lambda. Image below

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  1. Even through CLI, there is no such field

  2. Link for SNS Subscribe command through CLI documentation.

[Extra Research]: Even the java sdk asks for only three parameters in order to subscribe

subscribe(String topicArn, String protocol, String endpoint)

answered Aug 8, 2018 by Priyaj
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