AWS AppSync
AWS AppSync Developer Guide

Troubleshooting and Common Mistakes

This section discusses some common errors and how to troubleshoot them.

Incorrect DynamoDB Key Mapping

If your GraphQL operation returns the following error message, it may be because your request mapping template structure doesn't match the Amazon DynamoDB key structure:

The provided key element does not match the schema (Service: AmazonDynamoDBv2; Status Code: 400; Error Code

For example, if your DynamoDB table has a hash key called "id" and your template says "PostID", as in the following example, this results in the preceding error, because "id" doesn't match "PostID".

{ "version" : "2017-02-28", "operation" : "GetItem", "key" : { "PostID" : { "S" : "${}" } } }

Missing Resolver

If you execute a GraphQL operation, such as a query, and get a null response, this may be because you don't have a resolver configured.

For example, if you import a schema that defines a getCustomer(userId: ID!): field, and you haven't configured a resolver for this field, then when you execute a query such as getCustomer(userId:"ID123"){...}, you'll get a response such as the following:

{ "data": { "getCustomer": null } }

Mapping Template Errors

If your mapping template isn't properly configured, you'll receive a GraphQL response whose errorType is MappingTemplate. The message field should indicate where the problem is in your mapping template.

For example, if you don't have an operation field in your request mapping template, or if the operation field name is incorrect, you'll get a response like the following:

{ "data": { "searchPosts": null }, "errors": [ { "path": [ "searchPosts" ], "errorType": "MappingTemplate", "locations": [ { "line": 2, "column": 3 } ], "message": "Value for field '$[operation]' not found." } ] }

Incorrect Return Types

The return type from your data source must match the defined type of an object in your schema, otherwise you may see a GraphQL error like:

"errors": [ { "path": [ "posts" ], "locations": null, "message": "Can't resolve value (/posts) : type mismatch error, expected type LIST, got OBJECT" } ]

For example this could occur with the following query definition:

type Query { posts: [Post] }

Which expects a LIST of [Posts] objects. For example if you had a Lambda function in Node.JS with something like the following:

const result = { data: => { return item ; }) }; callback(err, result);

This would throw an error as result is an object. You would need to either change the callback to or alter your schema to not return a LIST.