Error: error updating dynamodb table time to live

Rafal Wilinski

Answered by Rafal Wilinski

What's Causing This Error

This error message indicates an issue with the Time to Live (TTL) feature when updating a DynamoDB table.

Specifically, it indicates an error when updating the TTL attribute. This can happen if the TTL feature is not correctly configured or if the attribute name used for the TTL feature is incorrect.

Solution: Here's How To Resolve It

To solve this error, check the configuration of the TTL feature to ensure that it is correctly set up and that the attribute name is correct.

You can enable TTL on a table by using the update_time_to_live() method of the boto3 client (or in your preferred language) and specifying the attribute name to be used for the TTL feature.

import boto3

# Instantiate a client
dynamodb = boto3.client('dynamodb', region_name='us-west-2')

# Define the parameters
table_name = "my_table"
ttl_attribute_name = "ttl_attribute"

# Enable TTL on the table
dynamodb.update_time_to_live(TableName=table_name, TimeToLiveSpecification={
  'Enabled': True,
  'Attribute_name': ttl_attribute_name

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