AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Container for the parameters to the DescribeTable operation. Returns information about the table, including the current status of the table, when it was created, the primary key schema, and any indexes on the table.

If you issue a DescribeTable request immediately after a CreateTable request, DynamoDB might return a ResourceNotFoundException. This is because DescribeTable uses an eventually consistent query, and the metadata for your table might not be available at that moment. Wait for a few seconds, and then try the DescribeTable request again.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace: Amazon.DynamoDBv2.Model
Assembly: AWSSDK.DynamoDBv2.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public class DescribeTableRequest : AmazonDynamoDBRequest

The DescribeTableRequest type exposes the following members


Public Method DescribeTableRequest()

Empty constructor used to set properties independently even when a simple constructor is available

Public Method DescribeTableRequest(string)

Instantiates DescribeTableRequest with the parameterized properties


Public Property TableName System.String

Gets and sets the property TableName.

The name of the table to describe.


This example shows how to get a description for an existing table.

DescribeTable sample

// Create a client
AmazonDynamoDBClient client = new AmazonDynamoDBClient();

// Create DescribeTable request
DescribeTableRequest request = new DescribeTableRequest
    TableName = "SampleTable"

// Issue DescribeTable request and retrieve the table description
TableDescription tableDescription = client.DescribeTable(request).Table;

// View new table properties
Console.WriteLine("Table name: {0}", tableDescription.TableName);
Console.WriteLine("Creation time: {0}", tableDescription.CreationDateTime);
Console.WriteLine("Item count: {0}", tableDescription.ItemCount);
Console.WriteLine("Table size (bytes): {0}", tableDescription.TableSizeBytes);
Console.WriteLine("Table status: {0}", tableDescription.TableStatus);
// List table key schema
List tableSchema = tableDescription.KeySchema;
for (int i = 0; i < tableSchema.Count; i++)
    KeySchemaElement element = tableSchema[i];
    Console.WriteLine("Key: Name = {0}, KeyType = {1}",
        element.AttributeName, element.KeyType);

// List attribute definitions
List attributeDefinitions = tableDescription.AttributeDefinitions;
for (int i = 0; i < attributeDefinitions.Count; i++)
    AttributeDefinition definition = attributeDefinitions[i];
    Console.WriteLine("Attribute: Name = {0}, Type = {1}",
        definition.AttributeName, definition.AttributeType);
Console.WriteLine("Throughput: Reads = {0}, Writes = {1}",


Version Information

.NET Standard:
Supported in: 1.3

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5, 4.0, 3.5

Portable Class Library:
Supported in: Windows Store Apps
Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1
Supported in: Xamarin Android
Supported in: Xamarin iOS (Unified)
Supported in: Xamarin.Forms

Supported Versions: 4.6 and above
Supported Platforms: Android, iOS, Standalone