Amazon DynamoDB
API Reference (API Version 2012-08-10)


The DeleteTable operation deletes a table and all of its items. After a DeleteTable request, the specified table is in the DELETING state until DynamoDB completes the deletion. If the table is in the ACTIVE state, you can delete it. If a table is in CREATING or UPDATING states, then DynamoDB returns a ResourceInUseException. If the specified table does not exist, DynamoDB returns a ResourceNotFoundException. If table is already in the DELETING state, no error is returned.


DynamoDB might continue to accept data read and write operations, such as GetItem and PutItem, on a table in the DELETING state until the table deletion is complete.

When you delete a table, any indexes on that table are also deleted.

If you have DynamoDB Streams enabled on the table, then the corresponding stream on that table goes into the DISABLED state, and the stream is automatically deleted after 24 hours.

Use the DescribeTable action to check the status of the table.

Request Syntax

{ "TableName": "string" }

Request Parameters

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


In the following list, the required parameters are described first.


The name of the table to delete.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 3. Maximum length of 255.

Pattern: [a-zA-Z0-9_.-]+

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

{ "TableDescription": { "AttributeDefinitions": [ { "AttributeName": "string", "AttributeType": "string" } ], "CreationDateTime": number, "GlobalSecondaryIndexes": [ { "Backfilling": boolean, "IndexArn": "string", "IndexName": "string", "IndexSizeBytes": number, "IndexStatus": "string", "ItemCount": number, "KeySchema": [ { "AttributeName": "string", "KeyType": "string" } ], "Projection": { "NonKeyAttributes": [ "string" ], "ProjectionType": "string" }, "ProvisionedThroughput": { "LastDecreaseDateTime": number, "LastIncreaseDateTime": number, "NumberOfDecreasesToday": number, "ReadCapacityUnits": number, "WriteCapacityUnits": number } } ], "ItemCount": number, "KeySchema": [ { "AttributeName": "string", "KeyType": "string" } ], "LatestStreamArn": "string", "LatestStreamLabel": "string", "LocalSecondaryIndexes": [ { "IndexArn": "string", "IndexName": "string", "IndexSizeBytes": number, "ItemCount": number, "KeySchema": [ { "AttributeName": "string", "KeyType": "string" } ], "Projection": { "NonKeyAttributes": [ "string" ], "ProjectionType": "string" } } ], "ProvisionedThroughput": { "LastDecreaseDateTime": number, "LastIncreaseDateTime": number, "NumberOfDecreasesToday": number, "ReadCapacityUnits": number, "WriteCapacityUnits": number }, "StreamSpecification": { "StreamEnabled": boolean, "StreamViewType": "string" }, "TableArn": "string", "TableName": "string", "TableSizeBytes": number, "TableStatus": "string" } }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


Represents the properties of a table.

Type: TableDescription object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


An error occurred on the server side.

HTTP Status Code: 500


The number of concurrent table requests (cumulative number of tables in the CREATING, DELETING or UPDATING state) exceeds the maximum allowed of 10.

Also, for tables with secondary indexes, only one of those tables can be in the CREATING state at any point in time. Do not attempt to create more than one such table simultaneously.

The total limit of tables in the ACTIVE state is 250.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The operation conflicts with the resource's availability. For example, you attempted to recreate an existing table, or tried to delete a table currently in the CREATING state.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The operation tried to access a nonexistent table or index. The resource might not be specified correctly, or its status might not be ACTIVE.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Delete a Table

This example deletes the Reply table.

Sample Request

POST / HTTP/1.1 Host: dynamodb.<region>.<domain>; Accept-Encoding: identity Content-Length: <PayloadSizeBytes> User-Agent: <UserAgentString> Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.0 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=<Credential>, SignedHeaders=<Headers>, Signature=<Signature> X-Amz-Date: <Date> X-Amz-Target: DynamoDB_20120810.DeleteTable { "TableName": "Reply" }

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: <RequestId> x-amz-crc32: <Checksum> Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.0 Content-Length: <PayloadSizeBytes> Date: <Date> { "TableDescription": { "TableArn": "arn:aws:dynamodb:us-west-2:123456789012:table/Reply", "ItemCount": 0, "ProvisionedThroughput": { "NumberOfDecreasesToday": 0, "ReadCapacityUnits": 5, "WriteCapacityUnits": 5 }, "TableName": "Reply", "TableSizeBytes": 0, "TableStatus": "DELETING" } }

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: