Amazon DynamoDB
Developer 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 and paste 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, but the downloadable version of DynamoDB ignores it. (Provisioned throughput is beyond the scope of this exercise.)

  2. To run the program, type the following command:

    node MoviesCreateTable.js

To learn more about managing tables, see Working with Tables in DynamoDB.