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DynamoDB – Using the Console
  • Last Updated : 01 Aug, 2020

The AWS management console for Amazon DynamoDB can be accessed at the following link:-

The AWS management console can be used for the following:

  • Monitor recent alerts, total capacity, service health, and the latest DynamoDB news on the DynamoDB dashboard.
  • Create, update, and delete tables. The capacity calculator provides estimates of how many capacity units to request based on the usage information you provide.
  • Manage streams.
  • View, add, update, and delete items that are stored in tables. Manage Time to Live (TTL) to define when items in a table expire so that they can be automatically deleted from the database.
  • Query and scan a table.
  • Set up and view alarms to monitor your table’s capacity usage. View your table’s top monitoring metrics on real-time graphs from CloudWatch.
  • Modify a table’s provisioned capacity.
  • Create and delete global secondary indexes.
  • Create triggers to connect DynamoDB streams to AWS Lambda functions.
  • Apply tags to your resources to help organize and identify them.
  • Purchase reserved capacity.

The following list provides with a high-level overview of the actions available per table within each navigation tab:

  • Overview – View stream and table details, and manage streams and Time to Live (TTL).
  • Items – Manage items and perform queries and scans.
  • Metrics – Monitor Amazon CloudWatch metrics.
  • Alarms — Manage CloudWatch alarms.
  • Indexes – Manage global secondary indexes
  • Capacity – Modify a table’s provisioned capacity.
  • Triggers – Manage triggers to connect DynamoDB streams to Lambda functions.
  • Access control – Set up fine-grained access control with web identity federation.
  • Tags – Apply tags to your resources to help organize and identify them.

Working with User Preferences

You can configure some of the default settings in the Amazon DynamoDB console. For example, you can change the default query type that is used when you access the Items tab. If you’re signed in to the console as an IAM user, you can store information about how you prefer to use the console. This information, also known as your user preferences, is stored and applied every time you use the console. Any time you access the DynamoDB console, these preferences are applied to all tables in all AWS Regions for your IAM user. They are not table-specific or Region-specific. They don’t affect your interactions with the AWS CLI, DynamoDB API, or other services that interact with DynamoDB.

You can still change individual settings on console pages without having saved any user preferences. Those choices persist until you close the console window. When you return to the console, any saved user preferences are applied.

Note: User preferences are available only for IAM users.

The following items are included in the user preferences:

  • Table detail view mode: View all the table-specific information vertically, horizontally, or covering the full screen.
  • Show navigation bar: Enable this option to show the navigation bar on the left side (expanded). Disable it to automatically collapse the navigation bar.
  • Default entry page (Dashboard or Tables): Choose the page that loads when you access DynamoDB. This option automatically loads the Dashboard or the Tables page, respectively.
  • Items editor mode (Tree or Text): Choose the default editor mode to use when you create or edit an item.
  • Items default query type (Scan or Query): Choose the default query type to use when you access the Items tab. Choose Scan if you want to either enable or disable the automatic scan operation that occurs when accessing the Items tab.
  • Automatic scan operation when accessing the items tab: If Scan is the default query type for items and you enable this setting, an automatic scan operation occurs when you access the Items tab. If you disable this setting, you can perform a scan by choosing Start search on the Items tab.

View and Save User Preferences

You can view and change your user preferences for the DynamoDB console. These settings apply only to your IAM user in the DynamoDB console. They don’t affect other IAM users in your AWS account.

To view and save preferences on the DynamoDB console for your IAM user:

  1. To save and apply your changes, choose Save.
  2. To view the DynamoDB console default settings, choose Restore. These defaults are applied if you choose Save.
  • To return to the console page that you were on previously, choose Back. Or, choose Dashboard to go to the DynamoDB Dashboard page.

The default settings for the preferences are as below:

  • Table detail view mode: Vertical
  • Show navigation bar: Yes
  • Default entry page: Dashboard
  • Items editor mode: Tree
  • Items default query type: Scan
  • Automatic scan operation when accessing the items tab: Yes


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