SilverStripe DynamoDB integration.

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4.0.2 2019-07-01 23:46 UTC


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This module enables storing SilverStripe sessions in DynamoDB.


  • SilverStripe 4.0+
  • PHP 5.6+


Add these custom repositories to your composer.json

composer require silverstripe/dynamodb

Sessions with DynamoDB

If you wish to store sessions in DynamoDB, set the required environment variables in .env:

// the name of the DynamoDB table to store sessions in

// the region that the DynamoDB table will live in (in this example here it uses Sydney)

Once these are in place, this module will configure DynamoDB and register that as the session handler.

Before you can actually use this, you need to create a table in which to store the sessions. This can be done through the AWS Console for Amazon DynamoDB, or using the SDK. When creating the table, you should set the primary key to id of type string.

Using DynamoDB outside of AWS

Sometimes you'll want to test that DynamoDB sessions work on your local development environment. You can make that happen by defining AWS_ACCESS_KEY and AWS_SECRET_KEY. Please don't define these constants in the environment file in EC2 instances, as credentials are automatically handled by the IAM role inside of AWS.

// the AWS access key and secret. This is optional if you've configured an instance with an IAM role

Garbage collecting sessions

Inactive sessions are garbage collected by GarbageCollectSessionCronTask if silverstripe-crontask is setup on your instance. The time when a session should be collected after inactivity can be changed by setting Session::$timeout.

For example, in your application's config YAML file, this sets a 20 minute session timeout:

	timeout: 1200

You can also set the DynamoDB garbage collection time independently of Session::$timeout, but it's recommended you make it at least the value of Session::$timeout or greater.

For example, in your _ss_environment.php file, set garbage collection after 1 hour of inactivity in sessions:


See for more information.

Local Testing

You can simulate DynamoDB locally for easier development through DynamoDB Local.

Set environment constants. Note that actual access keys and regions are ignored, they just need to be defined.


Download DynamoDB Local and start it - it'll be available under http://localhost:8000.

Now use the AWS CLI Tools to interact with your local DynamoDB.

Create table:

aws dynamodb create-table --table-name mysession --attribute-definitions AttributeName=id,AttributeType=S --key-schema AttributeName=id,KeyType=HASH --provisioned-throughput ReadCapacityUnits=1,WriteCapacityUnits=1 --endpoint-url http://localhost:8000

List tables:

aws dynamodb list-tables --endpoint-url http://localhost:8000

List all sessions:

aws dynamodb scan --table-name mysession --endpoint-url http://localhost:8000

Delete all sessions (use create table to reset afterwards):

aws dynamodb delete-table --table-name mysession --endpoint-url http://localhost:8000


Do you want to contribute? Great, please see the guide.


This module is released under the BSD 3-Clause License, see


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Code of conduct

When having discussions about this module in issues or pull request please adhere to the SilverStripe Community Code of Conduct.