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This container can be used to easily create an environment file using key-value pairs from an Amazon DynamoDB table.

Environment Variables

  • DYNAMODB_TABLE required
    • The table that you want to pull the environment file from.
  • DYNAMODB_REGION (default: us-east-1)
    • The region where the DynamoDB table is located.
  • KEY_ATTRIBUTE (default: Variable)
    • The name of the attribute to use as the environment variable name
  • VALUE_ATTRIBUTE (default: Value)
    • The name of the attribute to use as the environment variable value
  • OUTPUT_FILE (default: environment)
    • The name of the file to write the environment variables to. This will be placed in the /output folder which should be mapped to your host.

The easiest way to configure permissions is by using an IAM instance role, and granting the instance running the container the ability to Scan the specified DynamoDB table. If that is not possible, then you can provide your credentials using the following environment variables:



This is best used as a ExecStartPre call to build an environment file that can be used with an --env-file parameter to another container.

# some-application.service
Description=My Application Container

ExecStartPre=-/usr/bin/docker kill %p
ExecStartPre=-/usr/bin/docker rm %p

# This will write the environment file to `/etc/container_environments/%p`
ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/docker run --rm=true \
            --volume /etc/container_environments:/output \
            -e DYNAMODB_TABLE=MyAppEnvironmentVars \
            -e DYNAMODB_REGION=us-east-1 \
            -e OUTPUT_FILE=%p \

ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/docker pull myapplication:latest

ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker run --name %p \
          --env-file /etc/container_environments/%p \
          myapplication \

ExecStop=/usr/bin/docker stop %p



  • Filtering to specific items based on criteria
  • Ability to provide a 'default' environment file that is appended first
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