DynamoDB session store for Connect
JavaScript Makefile


Connect DynamoDB

connect-dynamodb is a DynamoDB session store backed by the aws-sdk



$ npm install connect-dynamodb


Rational defaults are set but can be overridden in the options object. Credentials and configuration are automatically loaded from environment variables or shared credentials but may optionally be passed through a JSON file or object. The client attribute is necessary for use with DynamoDB Local but can be left out if using DynamoDB with your AWS account. To use DynamoDB TTL, enable it on the table and select the expires field.

  • One of the following if not using environment variables or shared credentials:
  • client Optional AWS DynamoDB object from new AWS.DynamoDB()
  • AWSRegion Optional AWS region (defaults to 'us-east-1', ignored if using AWSConfigPath or AWSConfigJSON)
  • table Optional DynamoDB server session table name (defaults to "sessions")
  • hashKey Optional hash key (defaults to "id")
  • prefix Optional key prefix (defaults to "sess")
  • reapInterval Legacy session expiration cleanup in milliseconds. Should instead enable DynamoDB TTL and select the expires field.


var options = {
    // Optional DynamoDB table name, defaults to 'sessions'
    table: 'myapp-sessions',

    // Optional path to AWS credentials and configuration file
    // AWSConfigPath: './path/to/credentials.json',

    // Optional JSON object of AWS credentials and configuration
    AWSConfigJSON: {
        accessKeyId: <YOUR_ACCESS_KEY_ID>,
        secretAccessKey: <YOUR_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY>,
        region: 'us-east-1'

    // Optional client for alternate endpoint, such as DynamoDB Local
    client: new AWS.DynamoDB({ endpoint: new AWS.Endpoint('http://localhost:8000')}),

    // Optional ProvisionedThroughput params, defaults to 5
    readCapacityUnits: 25,
    writeCapacityUnits: 25

With connect

var connect = require('connect');
var DynamoDBStore = require('connect-dynamodb')(connect);
    .use(connect.session({ store: new DynamoDBStore(options), secret: 'keyboard cat'}));

With express 3

var DynamoDBStore = require('connect-dynamodb')(express);
var app = express(
    express.session({ store: new DynamoDBStore(options), secret: 'keyboard cat'});

With express 4

var app = express();
var session = require('express-session');
var DynamoDBStore = require('connect-dynamodb')({session: session});
app.use(session({store: new DynamoDBStore(options), secret: 'keyboard cat'}));


If you want to run the tests locally and have the AWS environment variables setup you can run the command:

npm test

You can also run it locally by running the following two scripts in separate terminals:

docker run -it --rm \
  --name=dynamodb-test \
  -p \
export AWS_CONFIG_JSON='{"endpoint": "", "region": "us-east-1", "accessKeyId": "accesskey", "secretAccessKey": "secretaccesskey"}'
npm test


connect-dynamodb is licensed under the MIT license.


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