Now let’s create an API that allows a user to update a note with a new note object given the id.

Add the Function

Create a new file in src/update.js and paste the following.

import handler from "./util/handler";
import dynamoDb from "./util/dynamodb";

export const main = handler(async (event) => {
  const data = JSON.parse(event.body);
  const params = {
    TableName: process.env.TABLE_NAME,
    // 'Key' defines the partition key and sort key of the item to be updated
    Key: {
      userId: "123", // The id of the author
      noteId:, // The id of the note from the path
    // 'UpdateExpression' defines the attributes to be updated
    // 'ExpressionAttributeValues' defines the value in the update expression
    UpdateExpression: "SET content = :content, attachment = :attachment",
    ExpressionAttributeValues: {
      ":attachment": data.attachment || null,
      ":content": data.content || null,
    // 'ReturnValues' specifies if and how to return the item's attributes,
    // where ALL_NEW returns all attributes of the item after the update; you
    // can inspect 'result' below to see how it works with different settings
    ReturnValues: "ALL_NEW",

  await dynamoDb.update(params);

  return { status: true };

This should look similar to the create.js function. Here we make an update DynamoDB call with the new content and attachment values in the params.

Add the Route

Let’s add a new route for the get note API.

Add the following below the GET /notes/{id} route in stacks/ApiStack.js.

"PUT    /notes/{id}": "src/update.main",

Deploy Our Changes

If you switch over to your terminal, you’ll notice that you are being prompted to redeploy your changes. Go ahead and hit ENTER.

Note that, you’ll need to have sst start running for this to happen. If you had previously stopped it, then running npx sst start will deploy your changes again.

You should see that the API stack is being updated.

Stack dev-notes-api
  Status: deployed

Test the API

Now we are ready to test the new API.

Run the following in your terminal.

Make sure to keep your local environment (sst start) running in another window.

$ curl -X PUT \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-d '{"content":"New World","attachment":"new.jpg"}' \

Make sure to replace the id at the end of the URL with the noteId from when we created our note.

Here we are making a PUT request to a note that we want to update. We are passing in the new content and attachment as a JSON string.

The response should look something like this.


Next we are going to add the API to delete a note given its id.