Put item in DynamoDB table

Published on September 11th, 2019

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Okay, you’ve received some data in your lambda function and you want to save it to DynamoDB table. First thing you have to do is add permission to put item in serverless.yml.

# ...
  # ...
    - Effect: Allow
        - dynamodb:PutItem
      Resource: 'arn:aws:dynamodb:us-east-1:111111111:table/tableName'

After that you should open function handler and import aws-sdk via import or require syntax…

const AWS = require('aws-sdk')
// or if you're using ES6
import AWS from 'aws-sdk'

…and initialize DynamoDB document client.

const docClient = new AWS.DynamoDB.DocumentClient()

For putting data in table you’ll need to pass 2 required parameters, TableName and Item. TableName will specify same table you added permission earlier and Item is data that you want to put.

const params = {
  TableName: tableName,
  Item: {
    someProperty: someValue,
    anotherProperty: anotherValue

try {
  await docClient.put(params).promise()
} catch (e) {
  return console.log(e)

And that’s pretty much it! Be sure to deploy your function and after running it data should appear in DynamoDB table dashboard.