Starting with PynamoDB 3.1.0, there is support for signalling. This support is provided by the blinker library, which is not installed by default. In order to ensure blinker is installed, specify your PynamoDB requirement like so:

pynamodb[signals]==<YOUR VERSION NUMBER>

Signals allow certain senders to notify subscribers that something happened. PynamoDB currently sends signals before and after every DynamoDB API call.


It is recommended to avoid business logic in signal callbacks, as this can have performance implications. To reinforce this, only the operation name and table name are available in the signal callback.

Subscribing to Signals

PynamoDB fires two signal calls, pre_dynamodb_send before the network call and post_dynamodb_send after the network call to DynamoDB.

The callback must taking the following arguments:




The object that fired that method.


The string name of the DynamoDB action


The name of the table the operation is called upon.


A unique identifier so subscribers can correlate the before and after events.

To subscribe to a signal, the user needs to import the signal object and connect your callback, like so.

from pynamodb.signals import pre_dynamodb_send, post_dynamodb_send

def record_pre_dynamodb_send(sender, operation_name, table_name, req_uuid):
    pre_recorded.append((operation_name, table_name, req_uuid))

def record_post_dynamodb_send(sender, operation_name, table_name, req_uuid):
    post_recorded.append((operation_name, table_name, req_uuid))