How to setup and use DynamoDB Locally - Free
Did you know DynamoDB from AWS has a locally downloadable version which you can install on your local machine and use for development and testing purposes.
As a newbie to AWS, I was unable to find any comprehensive guide on how to setup and use DynamoDB locally. So without further ado, let’s start.
Download the DynamoDB Local (Downloadable Version)
There are 3 ways you can download:
- Using an
I’m using Docker for this tutorial, for instructions on other 2 ways, visit this official AWS site
Please note your application doesn’t have to be a containerized application, we’re just using DynamoDB database as a container, that’s it.
Make sure you have docker up and running. If you’ve not, follow this official instructions
docker run -p 8000:8000 amazon/dynamodb-local
This will download
DynamoDB locally from official Docker image and run.
If everything is okay, you’d see output something like this:
Initializing DynamoDB Local with the following configuration: Port: 8000 InMemory: true DbPath: null SharedDb: false shouldDelayTransientStatuses: false CorsParams: *
This would run the fully functional DynamoDB instance at
[Bonus] Verify installation using AWS CLI.
If don’t have AWS CLI installed, follow this official guide
Run this command to verify the installation
aws dynamodb list-tables --endpoint-url http://localhost:8000
If you get an error like this:
You must specify a region. You can also configure your region by running "aws configure".
You can run:
And you’d be asked to setup follwoing:
AWS Access Key ID: AWS Secret Access Key : Default region name [x]: Default output format [None]:
You can enter any values, as you’re only using DynamoDB locally.
That’s how you can configure AWS DynamoDB on your local machine to develop and test your applications without spending anything.