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DynamoDB Replicator

Lambda-ready npm package for replicating DynamoDB tables within or between regions.

Supports one-way replication (single master to slave(s))



You'll need NodeJS and NPM installed on your local machine.

Prepare your DynamoDB table

Add a stream to the DynamoDB table you want to use as your master.

  1. In the Overview tab of the DynamoDB table in the AWS console click Manage Stream.
  2. In the overlay that pops up choose New Image (although New and old images should also work should you need that for other reasons).
  3. Click Enable.

Alternatively, if you want to provision your DynamoDB table with CloudFormation add the StreamSpecification property to the AWS::DynamoDB::Table object, e.g.

  "AWSTemplateFormatVersion": "2010-09-09",
  "Resources": {
    "myTable": {
      "TableName": "mytable",
      "StreamSpecification": {
        "StreamViewType": "NEW_IMAGE"

Create the replication Lambda function

  1. Create a new empty directory on your computer
  2. Within that folder create two files, one called package.json and another called index.js.
  3. Edit package.json and save {} as the contents of that file.
  4. In your terminal type npm install --save dynamo-replicator es6-promise
  5. Edit index.js and save the contents of the file shown below (changing SLAVE-REGION and SLAVE-TABLE to be the region and table name of the DynamoDB to be replicated to).
  6. zip the contents of the folder up.
  7. Create a new Lambda function with a role that has sufficient IAM permissions (as a minimum it needs dynamodb::PutItem and dynamodb::DeleteItem on the slave table.
  8. On the Triggers tab of your master DynamoDB, click Create Trigger and New Function; for the Configure event source options, ensure the DynamoDB table is your master table and leave everything else as default and click Next; for the Configure function options name your function something like dynamodb-replicator and for Code entry type select Upload a .ZIP file and choose the zip file created earlier.
  9. Repeat the previous step for multiple slaves changing SLAVE-REGION and SLAVE-TABLE in index.js each time and re-zipping for each slave.
  10. Test by creating and deleting items from the master table and ensuring that the slaves update accordingly.

Contents of index.json:

'use strict';
var replicator = require('dynamo-replicator')({
    region: 'SLAVE-REGION',
    table: 'SLAVE-TABLE'
exports.handler = function(event, context) {
        .then(function() {
        .catch(function(err) {




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