DescribeContinuousBackups - Amazon DynamoDB
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Checks the status of continuous backups and point in time recovery on the specified table. Continuous backups are ENABLED on all tables at table creation. If point in time recovery is enabled, PointInTimeRecoveryStatus will be set to ENABLED.

After continuous backups and point in time recovery are enabled, you can restore to any point in time within EarliestRestorableDateTime and LatestRestorableDateTime.

LatestRestorableDateTime is typically 5 minutes before the current time. You can restore your table to any point in time during the last 35 days.

You can call DescribeContinuousBackups at a maximum rate of 10 times per second.

Request Syntax

{ "TableName": "string" }

Request Parameters

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


In the following list, the required parameters are described first.


Name of the table for which the customer wants to check the continuous backups and point in time recovery settings.

You can also provide the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the table in this parameter.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 1024.

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

{ "ContinuousBackupsDescription": { "ContinuousBackupsStatus": "string", "PointInTimeRecoveryDescription": { "EarliestRestorableDateTime": number, "LatestRestorableDateTime": number, "PointInTimeRecoveryStatus": "string" } } }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


Represents the continuous backups and point in time recovery settings on the table.

Type: ContinuousBackupsDescription object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


An error occurred on the server side.

HTTP Status Code: 500


A source table with the name TableName does not currently exist within the subscriber's account or the subscriber is operating in the wrong Amazon Region.

HTTP Status Code: 400

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific Amazon SDKs, see the following: