Returns the current provisioned-capacity limits for your AWS account in a region, both for the region as a whole and for any one DynamoDB table that you create there.

When you establish an AWS account, the account has initial limits on the maximum read capacity units and write capacity units that you can provision across all of your DynamoDB tables in a given region. Also, there are per-table limits that apply when you create a table there. For more information, see Limits ( page in the Amazon DynamoDB Developer Guide.

Although you can increase these limits by filing a case at AWS Support Center (, obtaining the increase is not instantaneous. The DescribeLimits API lets you write code to compare the capacity you are currently using to those limits imposed by your account so that you have enough time to apply for an increase before you hit a limit.

For example, you could use one of the AWS SDKs to do the following:

Call DescribeLimits for a particular region to obtain your current account

limits on provisioned capacity there.

Create a variable to hold the aggregate read capacity units provisioned

for all your tables in that region, and one to hold the aggregate write capacity units. Zero them both.

Call ListTables to obtain a list of all your DynamoDB tables.

 For each table name listed by ListTables, do the following:

Call DescribeTable with the table name.

Use the data returned by DescribeTable to add the read capacity units and

write capacity units provisioned for the table itself to your variables.

If the table has one or more global secondary indexes (GSIs), loop over

these GSIs and add their provisioned capacity values to your variables as well.

Report the account limits for that region returned by DescribeLimits,

along with the total current provisioned capacity levels you have calculated.

This will let you see whether you are getting close to your account-level


The per-table limits apply only when you are creating a new table. They restrict the sum of the provisioned capacity of the new table itself and all its global secondary indexes.

For existing tables and their GSIs, DynamoDB will not let you increase provisioned capacity extremely rapidly, but the only upper limit that applies is that the aggregate provisioned capacity over all your tables and GSIs cannot exceed either of the per-account limits.

DescribeLimits should only be called periodically. You can expect throttling

errors if you call it more than once in a minute.

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