Project structure

Open your IDE

Now’s a good time to open the project in your favorite IDE and explore.

If you use VSCode, you can just type code . within the project directory.

Explore your project directory

You’ll see something like this:

  • lib/cdk-workshop-stack.ts is where the your CDK application’s main stack is defined. This is the file we’ll be spending most of our time in.
  • bin/cdk-workshop.ts is the entrypoint of the CDK application. It will load the stack defined in lib/cdk-workshop-stack.ts.
  • package.json is your npm module manifest. It includes information like the name of your app, version, dependencies and build scripts like “watch” and “build” (package-lock.json is maintained by npm)
  • cdk.json tells the toolkit how to run your app. In our case it will be "node bin/cdk-workshop.js"
  • tsconfig.json your project’s typescript configuration
  • .gitignore and .npmignore tell git and npm which files to include/exclude from source control and when publishing this module to the package manager.
  • node_modules is maintained by npm and includes all your project’s dependencies.

Your app’s entry point

Let’s have a quick look at bin/cdk-workshop.ts:

import cdk = require('@aws-cdk/cdk');
import { CdkWorkshopStack } from '../lib/cdk-workshop-stack';

const app = new cdk.App();
new CdkWorkshopStack(app, 'CdkWorkshopStack');;

This code loads and instantiate the CdkWorkshopStack class from the lib/cdk-workshop-stack.ts file. We won’t need to look at this file anymore.

The main stack

Open up lib/cdk-workshop-stack.ts. This is where the meat of our application is:

import sns = require('@aws-cdk/aws-sns');
import sqs = require('@aws-cdk/aws-sqs');
import cdk = require('@aws-cdk/cdk');

export class CdkWorkshopStack extends cdk.Stack {
  constructor(scope: cdk.App, id: string, props?: cdk.StackProps) {
    super(scope, id, props);

    const queue = new sqs.Queue(this, 'CdkWorkshopQueue', {
      visibilityTimeoutSec: 300

    const topic = new sns.Topic(this, 'CdkWorkshopTopic');


As you can see, our app was created with a sample CDK stack (CdkWorkshopStack).

The stack includes:

  • SQS Queue (new sqs.Queue)
  • SNS Topic (new sns.Topic)
  • Subscribes the queue to receive any messages published to the topic (subscribeQueue).