What is the best way to check if table exists in DynamoDB?

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What is the best way to check if table exists in DynamoDb?

I would appreciate it if the code would be in PHP.

Nov 30, 2018 in AWS by datageek
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This function gives you a nice boolean to use in scripts.

use Aws\DynamoDb\Exception\ResourceNotFoundException; // <-- make sure this line is at the top

    public function TableExists($tableName) {

    $ddb = DynamoDbClient::factory(array('region' => 'us-east-1')); // EC2 role security

    try {
        $result = $ddb->describeTable(array(
            "TableName" => $tableName
    } catch (ResourceNotFoundException $e) {
        // if this exception is thrown, the table doesn't exist
        return false;

    // no exception thrown? table exists!
    return true;

Hopefully this complete working code helps some of you.

answered Nov 30, 2018 by Archana
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