Amazon DynamoDB
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-08-10)

Example: Global Secondary Indexes Using the AWS SDK for Java Document API

The following Java code example shows how to work with global secondary indexes. The example creates a table named Issues, which might be used in a simple bug tracking system for software development. The partition key is IssueId and the sort key is Title. There are three global secondary indexes on this table:

  • CreateDateIndex—the partition key is CreateDate and the sort key is IssueId. In addition to the table keys, the attributes Description and Status are projected into the index.

  • TitleIndex—the partition key is IssueId and the sort key is Title. No attributes other than the table keys are projected into the index.

  • DueDateIndex—the partition key is DueDate, and there is no sort key. All of the table attributes are projected into the index.

After the Issues table is created, the program loads the table with data representing software bug reports, and then queries the data using the global secondary indexes. Finally, the program deletes the Issues table.

For step-by-step instructions to test the following sample, see Java Code Samples.

// Copyright 2012-2015, Inc. or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved. // Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. package com.amazonaws.codesamples.document; import java.util.ArrayList; import java.util.Iterator; import com.amazonaws.auth.profile.ProfileCredentialsProvider; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; public class DocumentAPIGlobalSecondaryIndexExample { static DynamoDB dynamoDB = new DynamoDB(new AmazonDynamoDBClient( new ProfileCredentialsProvider())); public static String tableName = "Issues"; public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception { createTable(); loadData(); queryIndex("CreateDateIndex"); queryIndex("TitleIndex"); queryIndex("DueDateIndex"); deleteTable(tableName); } public static void createTable() { // Attribute definitions ArrayList<AttributeDefinition> attributeDefinitions = new ArrayList<AttributeDefinition>(); attributeDefinitions.add(new AttributeDefinition() .withAttributeName("IssueId") .withAttributeType("S")); attributeDefinitions.add(new AttributeDefinition() .withAttributeName("Title") .withAttributeType("S")); attributeDefinitions.add(new AttributeDefinition() .withAttributeName("CreateDate") .withAttributeType("S")); attributeDefinitions.add(new AttributeDefinition() .withAttributeName("DueDate") .withAttributeType("S")); // Key schema for table ArrayList<KeySchemaElement> tableKeySchema = new ArrayList<KeySchemaElement>(); tableKeySchema.add(new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("IssueId") .withKeyType(KeyType.HASH)); //Partition key tableKeySchema.add(new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("Title") .withKeyType(KeyType.RANGE)); //Sort key // Initial provisioned throughput settings for the indexes ProvisionedThroughput ptIndex = new ProvisionedThroughput() .withReadCapacityUnits(1L) .withWriteCapacityUnits(1L); // CreateDateIndex GlobalSecondaryIndex createDateIndex = new GlobalSecondaryIndex() .withIndexName("CreateDateIndex") .withProvisionedThroughput(ptIndex) .withKeySchema( new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("CreateDate") .withKeyType( KeyType.HASH), //Partition key new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("IssueId") .withKeyType(KeyType.RANGE)) //Sort key .withProjection(new Projection() .withProjectionType("INCLUDE") .withNonKeyAttributes("Description", "Status")); // TitleIndex GlobalSecondaryIndex titleIndex = new GlobalSecondaryIndex() .withIndexName("TitleIndex") .withProvisionedThroughput(ptIndex) .withKeySchema(new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("Title") .withKeyType(KeyType.HASH), //Partition key new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("IssueId") .withKeyType(KeyType.RANGE)) //Sort key .withProjection(new Projection() .withProjectionType("KEYS_ONLY")); // DueDateIndex GlobalSecondaryIndex dueDateIndex = new GlobalSecondaryIndex() .withIndexName("DueDateIndex") .withProvisionedThroughput(ptIndex) .withKeySchema( new KeySchemaElement() .withAttributeName("DueDate") .withKeyType(KeyType.HASH)) //Partition key .withProjection(new Projection() .withProjectionType("ALL")); CreateTableRequest createTableRequest = new CreateTableRequest() .withTableName(tableName) .withProvisionedThroughput( new ProvisionedThroughput() .withReadCapacityUnits( (long) 1) .withWriteCapacityUnits( (long) 1)) .withAttributeDefinitions(attributeDefinitions) .withKeySchema(tableKeySchema) .withGlobalSecondaryIndexes(createDateIndex, titleIndex, dueDateIndex); System.out.println("Creating table " + tableName + "..."); dynamoDB.createTable(createTableRequest); // Wait for table to become active System.out.println("Waiting for " + tableName + " to become ACTIVE..."); try { Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName); table.waitForActive(); } catch (InterruptedException e) { e.printStackTrace(); } } public static void queryIndex(String indexName) { Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName); System.out.println ("\n***********************************************************\n"); System.out.print("Querying index " + indexName + "..."); Index index = table.getIndex(indexName); ItemCollection<QueryOutcome> items = null; QuerySpec querySpec = new QuerySpec(); if (indexName == "CreateDateIndex") { System.out.println("Issues filed on 2013-11-01"); querySpec.withKeyConditionExpression("CreateDate = :v_date and begins_with(IssueId, :v_issue)") .withValueMap(new ValueMap() .withString(":v_date","2013-11-01") .withString(":v_issue","A-")); items = index.query(querySpec); } else if (indexName == "TitleIndex") { System.out.println("Compilation errors"); querySpec.withKeyConditionExpression("Title = :v_title and begins_with(IssueId, :v_issue)") .withValueMap(new ValueMap() .withString(":v_title","Compilation error") .withString(":v_issue","A-")); items = index.query(querySpec); } else if (indexName == "DueDateIndex") { System.out.println("Items that are due on 2013-11-30"); querySpec.withKeyConditionExpression("DueDate = :v_date") .withValueMap(new ValueMap() .withString(":v_date","2013-11-30")); items = index.query(querySpec); } else { System.out.println("\nNo valid index name provided"); return; } Iterator<Item> iterator = items.iterator(); System.out.println("Query: printing results..."); while (iterator.hasNext()) { System.out.println(; } } public static void deleteTable(String tableName) { System.out.println("Deleting table " + tableName + "..."); Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName); table.delete(); // Wait for table to be deleted System.out.println("Waiting for " + tableName + " to be deleted..."); try { table.waitForDelete(); } catch (InterruptedException e) { e.printStackTrace(); } } public static void loadData() { System.out.println("Loading data into table " + tableName + "..."); // IssueId, Title, // Description, // CreateDate, LastUpdateDate, DueDate, // Priority, Status putItem("A-101","Compilation error", "Can't compile Project X - bad version number. What does this mean?", "2013-11-01", "2013-11-02", "2013-11-10", 1, "Assigned"); putItem("A-102","Can't read data file", "The main data file is missing, or the permissions are incorrect", "2013-11-01", "2013-11-04", "2013-11-30", 2, "In progress"); putItem("A-103", "Test failure", "Functional test of Project X produces errors", "2013-11-01", "2013-11-02", "2013-11-10", 1, "In progress"); putItem("A-104", "Compilation error", "Variable 'messageCount' was not initialized.", "2013-11-15", "2013-11-16", "2013-11-30", 3, "Assigned"); putItem("A-105", "Network issue", "Can't ping IP address Please fix this.", "2013-11-15", "2013-11-16", "2013-11-19", 5, "Assigned"); } public static void putItem( String issueId, String title, String description, String createDate, String lastUpdateDate, String dueDate, Integer priority, String status) { Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName); Item item = new Item() .withPrimaryKey("IssueId", issueId) .withString("Title", title) .withString("Description", description) .withString("CreateDate", createDate) .withString("LastUpdateDate", lastUpdateDate) .withString("DueDate", dueDate) .withNumber("Priority", priority) .withString("Status", status); table.putItem(item); } }