How to describe table in dynamoDB using Java – DynamoDB DescribeTable

3 weeks ago Lalit Bhagtani 0

In this tutorial, we will learn about how to describe a table in dynamoDB (DescribeTable) using java language.


Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database services offered by Amazon as part of its Amazon Web Service (AWS) portfolio. It provides fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. DynamoDB is a key-value datastore, where each item (row) in a table is a key-value pair. The primary key is the only required attribute for an item and uniquely identifies each item. DynamoDB is schema-less, which means that each item in a table can have any number of attributes and the types of attributes can vary from item to item.

Project Setup

Create a simple maven project in your favorite IDE and add below mentioned dependency in your pom.xml file.


For latest version of aws library, check this page.

DynamoDB Connection

Create an object of AmazonDynamoDB ( ) class for sending a client request to dynamoDB. To get instance of this class, we will use AmazonDynamoDBClientBuilder builder class. It requires three important parameters :- 

  1. Region :- It is a region where dynamoDB table will be stored.
  2. ACCESS_KEY :- It is a access key for using dynamoDB. You can generate this key, using aws management console.
  3. SECRET_KEY :- It is a secret key of above mentioned access key.

Here is a code example :-

AmazonDynamoDB dynamoDB = AmazonDynamoDBClientBuilder.standard()
				.withCredentials(new AWSStaticCredentialsProvider
                                                    (new BasicAWSCredentials("ACCESS_KEY","SECRET_KEY")))


Steps to create and send DescribeTableRequest to dynamoDB are as follows:-

  1. Instantiate DescribeTableRequest object, this object will be used to send the client request to dynamoDB.
  2. Set name of the table, in our case JOB.
  3. Invoke the describeTable method on AmazonDynamoDB object by passing table DescribeTableRequest object as an argument.


import java.util.List;

import com.amazonaws.AmazonServiceException;
import com.amazonaws.auth.AWSStaticCredentialsProvider;
import com.amazonaws.auth.BasicAWSCredentials;
import com.amazonaws.regions.Regions;

public class DescribeTable {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		/* Create DynamoDB Client Object */
		AmazonDynamoDB dynamoDB = AmazonDynamoDBClientBuilder
				.withCredentials(new AWSStaticCredentialsProvider
                                                    (new BasicAWSCredentials("ACCESS_KEY","SECRET_KEY")))
        /* Create an Object of DescribeTableRequest */
		DescribeTableRequest request = new DescribeTableRequest();
		/* Setting Table Name */
		try {
        	/* Send Describe Table Request */
            DescribeTableResult result = dynamoDB.describeTable(request);
            System.out.println("Status : " +  result.getSdkHttpMetadata().getHttpStatusCode());
            /* Get Table Information */
            TableDescription tableInfo = result.getTable();

			if (tableInfo != null) {

				System.out.println("Table name : " + tableInfo.getTableName());
				System.out.println("Status : " + tableInfo.getTableStatus());
				System.out.println("Item count : " + tableInfo.getItemCount().longValue());
				System.out.println("Size (bytes) : " + tableInfo.getTableSizeBytes().longValue());

				ProvisionedThroughputDescription throughputInfo = tableInfo.getProvisionedThroughput();

				System.out.println("Read Capacity : " + throughputInfo.getReadCapacityUnits().longValue());
				System.out.println("Write Capacity : " + throughputInfo.getWriteCapacityUnits().longValue());

				List<AttributeDefinition> attributes = tableInfo.getAttributeDefinitions();
				for (AttributeDefinition a : attributes) {
					System.out.println(a.getAttributeName() + " " + a.getAttributeType());

        } catch (AmazonServiceException e) {


References :-

  1. DescribeTableRequest Java Docs
  2. DescribeTableResult Java Docs

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