Scrumblr on LocalStack (S3 + SAM + Dynamodb)

How to run Scrumblr (development mode) in LocalStack

In this post, I will be showing you how to setup Scrumblr project with DynamoDB, S3 and SAM in LocalStack


  • LocalStack (run pip install localstack) installed
  • Python 3.6 or 3.7 installed
  • [AWS CLI] (Follow instructions here to install it)
  • Docker
  • SAM CLI (following the instructions here to install it)
  • NoSQL Workbench
  • VS Code
  • Postman (For API testing)
  • Clone the repository


  • You know who to create a new SAM application and run it successfully locally.

Step 1

Start docker.

Step 2

Clone the repository form here

Step 3

Open the repository in VS Code

Step 4

Run the below commands on by one

cd scrumblr-enhancement
cd backend

Step 5

Go to VS Code’s terminal and navigate to scrumblr-api folder

Step 6

Run the command docker-compose up to start LocalStack in docker(ensure docker is already running). This command will start all the services defined in docker-compose.yaml If the stack is successfully created, you will see the message at the end Execution of "start_api_services" took 10920.12095451355ms

Step 7

Open another terminal by clicking the + icon in the VS Code terminal window and navigate to backend > scrumblr-api folder

Step 8

Run sam build in the folder where template.yaml file is located (this will be in the same folder as docker-compose up file). Ensure your sam build is successful.

Step 9

Open up NoSQL workbench and create a connection to localstack. See below steps on how to create a connection

  • Click on Operation Builder
  • Click Add Connection
  • Click on DynamoDB Local
  • Give connection a name
  • Enter 4566 for Port
  • Ensure Docker is running
  • Click Connect
  • You will be taken to the Operation builder window within NoSQL Workbench
  • Search for the connection you just created and click Open

Now your connection should be up and ready

Step 10

Now go back in the terminal where sam build was successfull and create a dynamodb table using the below command:

aws dynamodb create-table \
    --table-name DevCop \
    --attribute-definitions \
        AttributeName=BoardId,AttributeType=S \
        AttributeName=NoteId,AttributeType=S \
    --key-schema \
        AttributeName=BoardId,KeyType=HASH \
        AttributeName=NoteId,KeyType=RANGE \
--provisioned-throughput \
        ReadCapacityUnits=10,WriteCapacityUnits=5 \

The above commmand will create table named DevCop in your localstack

Step 11

To verify table has been created, go to NoSQL Workbench > Operation builder > Open the connection you previously created for localstack.

Step 12

Once it’s created, it will appear in your connection (go the Operation Builder > choose your connection name from the dropdown) in NoSQL Workbench and click refresh icon next to Tables.

Step 13

Let’s insert a record in the newly created table. For testing purposes, we will insert some hardcoded values which are already there in the app.js file in the method POST. To perform an insert do the following.

  • Make sure localstack is running (run the command docker-compose up to start localStack if it not yet running)
  • In app.js modify the POST method with the below code"/", async(req, res) => {
    var params = {
        TableName: table,
        Item : {
            BoardId : uuidv4(),
            NoteId: uuidv4(),
            datetime: '26/02/2021', // replace with date and time object
            BoardName: "devcop",    // replace with board name in the url path (coming from the frontend)
            Note : "This is my test note 1"   // replace with note(text) coming from the frontend
  • Delete the folder .aws-sam folder and run sam build in scrumblr-api folder
  • Make sure project has been build successfully
  • Start SAM app using sam local start-api command (this will run sam app locally)
  • Open Postman and insert the URL in the address bar of Postman
  • Replace the url with http://localhost:3000/
  • Change the request to POST from the dropdown next to the address bar
  • Click Send
  • After few second you should see a message, Inserted Successfully in the Body

Step 14

To verify the insert has been successful,

  • Go to NoSQL Workbench
  • Go to Operation builder
  • Click Open for the connection you created
  • Click on the table you created
  • The record should appear there. If it doesn’t try to refresh(two circling arrown where it says Displaying [a number] Items) it the table.

Step 15

If you want to test GET request, simply change the request method in Postman to GET from the dropdown, click Send and all the records in the table should appear in Body tab

Step 16

To put front end file on LocalStack, create a bucket in localstack using the command below

aws s3 mb --endpoint-url=http://localhost:4566 s3://[replace-this-with-your-bucket-name]

You should get a response saying make_bucket: [whatever-you-named-your-bucket]

Step 17

Upload all the files from the client folder to the S3 bucket you just created

  • Navigate to client folder from the terminal (type cd .. and Enter twice)
  • cd into client folder (this folder contain all the frontend files)
  • Run the command aws --endpoint-url=http://localhost:4566 s3 --recursive cp ./ s3://[whatever-you-named-your-bucket]
  • Press Enter

Step 18

Go to your browser and type http://localhost:4566/[your-bucket-name]/home.html. You should beable to see your home.html page in the browser now.

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