Amazon DynamoDB
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-08-10)
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Try a Query Using the AWS SDK for Java

The following Java code example uses the AWS SDK for Java to perform the following tasks:

  • Get an item from the ProductCatalog table.

  • Query the Reply table to find all replies posted in the last 15 days for a forum thread. In the code, you first describe your request by creating a QuerySpec object. The QuerySpec describes the primary key hash attribute value, a condition on the range attribute (ReplyDateTime) to retrieve replies posted after a specific date, and the item attributes that you want to retrieve.

For step-by-step instructions on configuring your AWS access keys, setting the default endpoint and running the sample, see Running Java Examples for DynamoDB.

// Copyright 2012-2015, Inc. or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.
package com.amazonaws.codesamples;

import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Iterator;

import com.amazonaws.auth.profile.ProfileCredentialsProvider;

public class GettingStartedTryQuery {

    static DynamoDB dynamoDB = new DynamoDB(new AmazonDynamoDBClient(
            new ProfileCredentialsProvider()));
    static SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat(

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        try {

            String forumName = "Amazon DynamoDB";
            String threadSubject = "DynamoDB Thread 1";

            // Get an item.
            getBook(101, "ProductCatalog");

            // Query replies posted in the past 15 days for a forum thread.
            findRepliesInLast15DaysWithConfig("Reply", forumName, threadSubject);
        } catch (Exception e) {

    private static void getBook(int id, String tableName) {

        Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName);

        Item item = table.getItem("Id", // attribute name
                id, // attribute value
                "Id, ISBN, Title, Authors", // projection expression
                null); // name map - don't need this

        System.out.println("GetItem: printing results...");


    private static void findRepliesInLast15DaysWithConfig(
        String tableName, String forumName, String threadSubject) {

        String replyId = forumName + "#" + threadSubject;
        long twoWeeksAgoMilli = (new Date()).getTime()
            - (15L * 24L * 60L * 60L * 1000L);
        Date twoWeeksAgo = new Date();
        SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS'Z'");
        String twoWeeksAgoStr = df.format(twoWeeksAgo);

        Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName);

        QuerySpec querySpec = new QuerySpec()
            .withKeyConditionExpression("Id = :v1 and ReplyDateTime > :v2")
            .withValueMap(new ValueMap()
                .withString(":v1", replyId)
                .withString(":v2", twoWeeksAgoStr))
            .withProjectionExpression("Message, ReplyDateTime, PostedBy");

        ItemCollection<QueryOutcome> items = table.query(querySpec);
        Iterator<Item> iterator = items.iterator();

        System.out.println("Query: printing results...");

        while (iterator.hasNext()) {