Amplify - Prevent the new signup if email exists already

Jul 20, 2021 1 min read
Amplify - Prevent the new signup if email exists already

Amplify default option is to take the email as username, However if you set it up differently, you can have a lambda function checking for the sign up process to ensure the email is unique (unrelated to the username - Unique identifier)

Pre-signup trigger

'use strict';

const AWS = require('aws-sdk');
const cognitoIdp = new AWS.CognitoIdentityServiceProvider({apiVersion: '2016-04-18'});

exports.handler = function(event, context) {

  // check if email is already in use
  if (event.request.userAttributes.hasOwnProperty('email')) {
    const email =;
    const params = {
      UserPoolId: event.userPoolId,
      Filter: 'email = "' + email + '"',
    .then (results => {
      // if the usernames are the same, dont raise and error here so that
      // cognito will raise the duplicate username error
      if (results.Users.length > 0 && results.Users[0].Username !== event.userName) {
        console.log('Duplicate email address in signup. ' + email);
        context.done(Error('A user with the same email address exists'));
      context.done(null, event);
    .catch (error => {
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