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

Step 2: Load Sample Data

In this step, you populate the Movies table with sample data.

We use a sample data file that contains information about a few thousand movies from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The movie data is in JSON format, as shown in the following example. For each movie, there is a year, a title, and a JSON map named info.

      "year" : ... ,
      "title" : ... ,
      "info" : { ... }
      "year" : ...,
      "title" : ...,
      "info" : { ... }



In the JSON data, note the following:

  • We use the year and title as the primary key attribute values for our Movies table.

  • We store the rest of the info values in a single attribute called info. This program illustrates how you can store JSON in a DynamoDB attribute.

The following is an example of movie data:

    "year" : 2013,
    "title" : "Turn It Down, Or Else!",
    "info" : {
        "directors" : [
            "Alice Smith",
            "Bob Jones"
        "release_date" : "2013-01-18T00:00:00Z",
        "rating" : 6.2,
        "genres" : [
        "image_url" : "",
        "plot" : "A rock band plays their music at high volumes, annoying the neighbors.",
        "rank" : 11,
        "running_time_secs" : 5215,
        "actors" : [
            "David Matthewman",
            "Ann Thomas",
            "Jonathan G. Neff"

Step 2.1: Download the Sample Data File

  1. Download the sample data archive by clicking this link:

  2. Extract the data file (moviedata.json) from the archive.

  3. Copy the moviedata.json file to your current directory.

Step 2.2: Load the Sample Data Into the Movies Table

After you have downloaded the sample data, you can run the following program to populate the Movies table.

  1. Copy the following program into a file named MoviesLoadData.rb:

    require "aws-sdk-core"
    require "json"
      region: "us-west-2",
      endpoint: "http://localhost:8000"
    dynamodb =
    tableName = 'Movies'
    file ='moviedata.json')
    movies = JSON.parse(file)
        params = {
            table_name: tableName,
            item: movie
            result = dynamodb.put_item(params)
            puts "Added movie: #{movie["year"]} #{movie["title"]}"
        rescue  Aws::DynamoDB::Errors::ServiceError => error
            puts "Unable to add movie:"
            puts "#{error.message}"
  2. Type the following command to run the program:

    ruby MoviesLoadData.rb

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