Exploring new AWS SDK for Kotlin

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There was announcement recently about the availability of the Developer Preview of AWS SDK for Kotlin. This post outlines initial exploration done to use the SDK, and in particular the DynamoDB APIs, in the PeopleInSpace Kotlin Multiplatform project.

Kotlin Multiplatform Support

The plan is for the SDK to have full Kotlin Multiplatform support (including for example Kotlin/Native) but it’s worth clarifying how things stand right now. As mentioned below support is currently limited to JVM and Android. You can include the various sdk artifacts as for example commonMain dependencies in a KMP module but, as explained in this GH issue, “only runtime itself is implemented with the multiplatform plugin” which means only code from that dependency can be access in commonMain code while services for example need to be accessed in either JVM or Android code.

Multi-platform Support: The AWS SDK for Kotlin is multi-platform with support for JVM and Android environments available today and other Kotlin-supported platforms coming in future releases.


In this exploration we’re making use of the AWS DynamoDB SDK so we add following as commonMain dependency. We also need to setup an “IAM User” that has the appropriate permissions - the instructions on how to do that can be found here.


Writing data to remote database

In this example we’re using following JVM code (located in main function in jvmMain of shared KMP module). It uses existing code that reads data from remote endpoint (using Ktor) and then writes that data to the remote DynamoDB database.

val dynamoDbClient = DynamoDbClient { region = "eu-west-1" }

val people = peopleInSpace.fetchPeople().people

people.forEach { person ->
    val itemValues = mutableMapOf<String, AttributeValue>()
    itemValues["id"] = AttributeValue.S(person.name)
    itemValues["craft"] =  AttributeValue.S(person.craft)
    itemValues["personImageUrl"] =  AttributeValue.S(person.personImageUrl!!)
    itemValues["personBio"] =  AttributeValue.S(person.personBio!!)

    dynamoDbClient.putItem {
        tableName = "PeopleInSpace"
        item = itemValues

Having executed that code we should now see our data in the DynamoDB console.

dynamodb console screenshot

Reading from database and showing in Android and Compose for Desktop clients

We can now use following code to retrieve data from the remote DynamoDB database and render in our Jetpack Compose based Android and Compose for Desktop clients. As mentioned above, once full Kotlin Multiplatform support is available we should be able to move this code in to commonMain source (along potentially with ability to make use of in an iOS client!).

val staticCredentials = StaticCredentialsProvider {
    accessKeyId = "<accessKeyId>"
    secretAccessKey = "<secretAccessKey>"

val dynamoDbClient = DynamoDbClient{
    region = "eu-west-1"
    credentialsProvider = staticCredentials

val scanRequest = ScanRequest {
    tableName = "PeopleInSpace"

val people = mutableListOf<Assignment>()
val result = dynamoDbClient.scan(scanRequest)
result.items?.forEach { item ->
    val id = (item["id"] as? AttributeValue.S)?.value ?: ""
    val craft = (item["craft"] as? AttributeValue.S)?.value ?: ""
    val personImageUrl = (item["personImageUrl"] as? AttributeValue.S)?.value ?: ""
    val personBio = (item["personBio"] as? AttributeValue.S)?.value ?: ""
    val person = Assignment(craft, id, personImageUrl, personBio)

And this is how this data is shown in the respective clients.

compose desktop client screenshot

android clients screenshot

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