method enables or disables Time to Live (TTL) for the specified table. A successful
call returns the current
. It can take up to one hour for the change to fully process. Any additional
calls for the same table during this one hour duration result in a
TTL compares the current time in epoch time format to the time stored in the TTL attribute of an item. If the epoch time value stored in the attribute is less than the current time, the item is marked as expired and subsequently deleted.
The epoch time format is the number of seconds elapsed since 12:00:00 AM January 1, 1970 UTC.
DynamoDB deletes expired items on a best-effort basis to ensure availability of throughput for other data operations. DynamoDB typically deletes expired items within two days of expiration. The exact duration within which an item gets deleted after expiration is specific to the nature of the workload. Items that have expired and not been deleted will still show up in reads, queries, and scans.
As items are deleted, they are removed from any local secondary index and global secondary index immediately in the same eventually consistent way as a standard delete operation.
For more information, see Time To Live
in the Amazon DynamoDB Developer Guide.