ScanFilter (legacy) - Amazon DynamoDB

ScanFilter (legacy)


We recommend that you use the new expression parameters instead of these legacy parameters whenever possible. For more information, see Using expressions in DynamoDB. For specific information on the new parameter replacing this one, use FilterExpression instead..

In a Scan operation, the legacy conditional parameter ScanFilter is a condition that evaluates the scan results and returns only the desired values.


This parameter does not support attributes of type List or Map.

If you specify more than one condition in the ScanFilter map, then by default all of the conditions must evaluate to true. In other words, the conditions are ANDed together. (You can use the ConditionalOperator (legacy) parameter to OR the conditions instead. If you do this, then at least one of the conditions must evaluate to true, rather than all of them.)

Each ScanFilter element consists of an attribute name to compare, along with the following:

  • AttributeValueList - One or more values to evaluate against the supplied attribute. The number of values in the list depends on the operator specified in ComparisonOperator .

    For type Number, value comparisons are numeric.

    String value comparisons for greater than, equals, or less than are based on UTF-8 binary encoding. For example, a is greater than A, and a is greater than B.

    For Binary, DynamoDB treats each byte of the binary data as unsigned when it compares binary values.

    For information on specifying data types in JSON, see DynamoDB low-level API.

  • ComparisonOperator - A comparator for evaluating attributes. For example: equals, greater than, and less than.

    The following comparison operators are available:


Use FilterExpression instead – Example

Suppose you wanted to scan the Music table and apply a condition to the matching items. You could use a Scan request with a ScanFilter parameter, as in this AWS CLI example:

aws dynamodb scan \ --table-name Music \ --scan-filter '{ "Genre":{ "AttributeValueList":[ {"S":"Rock"} ], "ComparisonOperator": "EQ" } }'

You can use a FilterExpression instead:

aws dynamodb scan \ --table-name Music \ --filter-expression 'Genre = :g' \ --expression-attribute-values '{ ":g": {"S":"Rock"} }'