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Amazon DynamoDB Connections

Amazon DynamoDB is an easy-to-use online platform for creating and sharing non-relational document based databases. For more information, see


This connection is in early preview. It is read-only and available only in SaaS product editions. For more information on early previews, see Early Preview Connection Types.

Limitations and Requirements


During normal selection or import of an entire table, you may encounter an error indicating a problem with a specific column. Since some tables require filtering based on a particular column, data from them can only be ingested using custom SQL statements. In this case, the problematic column can be used as a filter in the WHERE clause of a custom SQL statement to ingest the table.

  • For more information, please consult the CData driver documentation for the specific table.

  • For more information on using custom SQL, see Create Dataset with SQL.


For filtering date columns, this connection type supports a set of literal functions on dates. You can use these to reduce the volume of data extracted from the database using a custom SQL query. For more information, see the pg_dateliteralfunctions.htm page in the driver documentation for this connection type.

  • Supports Access key ID and Secret access key.

Create Connection

via Cloud Portal

When you create the connection, please review the following properties and specify them accordingly:

Connection Property



Your AWS domain name. The default domain value is

AWS Region

The hosting region for your Amazon Web Services resources. Default is set to Oregon .

Connect String Options

The following default value sets the connection timeout in seconds:


Setting this value to 0 disables timeouts.

Access key ID

Your AWS account access key. This value is accessible from your AWS security credentials page.

Secret access key

Your AWS account secret key. This value is accessible from your AWS security credentials page.

Default Column Data Type Inference

Leave this value as Enabled.

For more information, see the driver documentation .

via API

Depending on your product edition, you can create connections of this type. Key information:

"vendor": "amazon_dynamodb",
"vendorName": "Amazon DynamoDB",
"type": "jdbc"

For more information, see

Coming soon.

Data Type Conversions

For more information, see the driver documentation .

Flattening Documents

Documents can contain other documents, which enables the storage of nested data. You can control the flattening of nested objects and arrays through the CData driver through Connect String Options.


Columns that have been flattened can be accessed or referenced using custom SQL queries. Additional information is below.

Flatten Objects:

By default, the CData driver flattens nested Objects. As needed, you can set FlattenObjects to false to disable this behavior.

In Amazon DynamoDB, objects are represented as Map datatype.

For more information, see

Flatten Arrays:

By default, CData driver does not flatten Arrays.

As needed, you can configure the number of elements that you want to have returned in your flattened arrays.

In Amazon DynamoDB, Arrays are represented as NumberSet, StringSet ,or BinarySet datatypes.


List datatype does not support flattening property.

For more information, see

Referencing flattened columns:

If you have flattened Objects or Arrays, you can reference these columns using square brackets in your custom SQL queries.

Example of flattened Object:

SELECT [] FROM my_table;

Example of flattened Array:

SELECT * FROM my_table WHERE [hobbies.0]='cricket';