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0.3.3 • Public • Published


A microservice module for connecting to AWS DynamoDB

This module extends the @mitchallen/microservice-core module to create microservice endpoints to connect with Amazon DynamoDB.

For a background on the core and microservices, visit the core npm page.


You must use npm 2.7.0 or higher because of the scoped package name.

$ npm init
$ npm install @mitchallen/microservice-dynamo --save


Provides AWS DynamoDB access to a microservice.

Connection Info

By default the module will attempt to connect with a local DynamoDB on port 8000. To specify different connection info update these environment variable (never check sensitive connection info into source!):

export DYNAMO_PORT=8000;
export DYNAMO_ACCESS_KEY_ID=local-test
export DYNAMO_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=local-test
export DYNAMO_REGION=local-test
export DYNAMO_HOST=http://localhost:8000

Define a Service Object

For Dynamo support the original core service object was extended to return connection info (info.connect). The info.connect object contains two items: dynamo and docClient to access either database level or document level AWS API methods. (Refer to the AWS documentation for more info).

var service = {
	name: ...,
	version: ...,
	verbose: ...,
	apiVersion: ...,
	port: ...,
	method: function (info) {
		var router = info.router,
            dynamo = info.connection.dynamo;
		router.[get,post,put,patch,delete] ... { 
			// Call a dynamo API method
			dynamo.[method](function(err,...) {
		return router;


In the above example you can substitute dynamo with docClient to use doc specific methods:

var router = info.router,
    docClient = info.connection.docClient;
router.[get,post,put,patch,delete] ... { 
	// Call a docClient API method
	docClient.[method](function(err,...) {

Pass the Service Object to the microservice-dynamo module:

Pass the service object that you define to the module:

var dynamo = require('@mitchallen/microservice-dynamo');

var options = { ... }; 


Or if you want to export the returned value:

module.exports = dyamo.Service(service);

Return Value

The object returned by the module contains a server field:

{ server: server }

It's a pointer to the express modules server. If you are familiar with express, it's the value returned by app.listen. You don't need to actually return anything.

It was handy for me to use the close method in the unit tests so I wouldn't get port-in-use errors. It's also used internally when the module unexpectedly terminates.

Here is an example of how to create it, then use the server return value to close it (checking for null omitted for brevity):

var obj = dynamo.Service(options);
var server = obj.server;


You can find working examples in the examples folder of the git repo.

  • examples / table-list - demos how to read a list of tables in the DynamoDB
  • examples / music-post - demos how to post a record to the DynamoDB (see music-post README for script to create Music table)

You can also find a working example here (may or may not be up to date - check version numbers):


To test, go to the root folder and type (sans $):

$ npm test



In lieu of a formal style guide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code.

Version History

Version 0.3.3 release notes

  • Fixed documentation error

Version 0.3.2 release notes

  • Updated examples to use latest package

Version 0.3.1 release notes

  • Bumped minor version because broke backward compatibility
  • Options must now be passed to Service method

Version 0.2.3 release notes

  • merged dynamo-config.js into index.js

Version 0.2.2 release notes

  • Updated to use latest core

Version 0.2.1 release notes

  • Bumped minor version because broke backward compatibility
  • Using new core module that now returns { server: server } instead of just server.

Version 0.1.5 release notes

  • Added examples in the git repo
  • Updated the README

Version 0.1.4 release notes

  • Updated README
  • Updated @mitchallen/microservice-core dependency

Version 0.1.3 release notes

  • (skipped to sync with core version)

Version 0.1.2 release notes

  • Added .npmignore to filter out test folder, etc

Version 0.1.1 release notes

  • Ran jslint against index.js and dynamo-config.js
  • Added bitbucket to repo listing
  • Updated aws-sdk and @mitchallen/microservice-core dependencies
  • Added link to working example in README

Version 0.1.0 release notes

  • Initial release




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