Amazon DynamoDB
Getting Started Guide (API Version 2012-08-10)

Step 1: Create a Table

In this step, you create a table named Movies. The primary key for the table is composed of the following attributes:

  • year – The partition key. The AttributeType is N for number.

  • title – The sort key. The AttributeType is S for string.

  1. Copy the following program into a file named MoviesCreateTable.js.

    var AWS = require("aws-sdk"); AWS.config.update({ region: "us-west-2", endpoint: "http://localhost:8000" }); var dynamodb = new AWS.DynamoDB(); var params = { TableName : "Movies", KeySchema: [ { AttributeName: "year", KeyType: "HASH"}, //Partition key { AttributeName: "title", KeyType: "RANGE" } //Sort key ], AttributeDefinitions: [ { AttributeName: "year", AttributeType: "N" }, { AttributeName: "title", AttributeType: "S" } ], ProvisionedThroughput: { ReadCapacityUnits: 10, WriteCapacityUnits: 10 } }; dynamodb.createTable(params, function(err, data) { if (err) { console.error("Unable to create table. Error JSON:", JSON.stringify(err, null, 2)); } else { console.log("Created table. Table description JSON:", JSON.stringify(data, null, 2)); } });


    • You set the endpoint to indicate that you are creating the table in DynamoDB on your computer.

    • In the createTable call, you specify table name, primary key attributes, and its data types.

    • The ProvisionedThroughput parameter is required; however, the downloadable version of DynamoDB ignores it. (Provisioned throughput is beyond the scope of this exercise.)

  2. Type the following command to run the program:

    node MoviesCreateTable.js

To learn more about managing tables, see Working with Tables in the Amazon DynamoDB Developer Guide.