Question: How to access DynamoDB from outside?

Rafal Wilinski

Answered by Rafal Wilinski


To access DynamoDB from outside of AWS, you must create an IAM user with the necessary permissions and use the user's credentials to access the DynamoDB service through the AWS SDKs or the AWS CLI.

You can use the AWS SDKs for various programming languages, such as Java, Python, C#, JavaScript, and more, to access DynamoDB from outside of AWS. The SDKs provide libraries and classes that you can use to interact with DynamoDB and other AWS services.

Another way to access DynamoDB is through the AWS CLI, a command-line interface that allows you to interact with AWS services. To use the AWS CLI, you must install it on your machine and configure it with your AWS credentials. Once configured, you can use the aws dynamodb command to interact with DynamoDB.

For example, to list the tables in your DynamoDB account, you can use the following command:

aws dynamodb list-tables

It is important to remember that when you access DynamoDB from outside of AWS, you will be subject to the standard data transfer charges. Also, be mindful of security best practices like using HTTPS to encrypt the data in transit and using a VPC endpoint to encrypt the data at rest.

Also, when trying to access DynamoDB from outside of AWS, you need to consider the best way to authenticate and authorize the access. You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control who can access your DynamoDB resources and what actions they can perform.

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