Delete Directory

The Delete Directory operation removes the specified empty directory. Note that the directory must be empty before it can be deleted.

Request

The Delete Directory request may be constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended.

Method Request URI HTTP Version
DELETE https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myshare/myparentdirectorypath/mydirectory?restype=directory HTTP/1.1

Replace the path components shown in the request URI with your own, as follows:

Path Component Description
myaccount The name of your storage account.
myshare The name of your file share.
myparentdirectorypath Optional. The path to the parent directory.
mydirectory The name of the directory.

For details on path naming restrictions, see Naming and Referencing Shares, Directories, Files, and Metadata.

URI Parameters

The following additional parameters may be specified on the request URI.

Parameter Description
timeout Optional. The timeout parameter is expressed in seconds. For more information, see Setting Timeouts for File Service Operations.

Request Headers

The following table describes required and optional request headers.

Request Header Description
Authorization Required. Specifies the authentication scheme, account name, and signature. For more information, see Authentication for the Azure Storage Services.
Date or x-ms-date Required. Specifies the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for the request. For more information, see Authentication for the Azure Storage Services
x-ms-version Required for all authenticated requests. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. For more information, see Versioning for the Azure Storage Services.

Request Body

None.

Sample Request

Request Syntax:  
DELETE https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myshare/myparentdirectorypath/mydirectory?restype=directory HTTP/1.1  

Request Headers:  
x-ms-version: 2014-02-14  
x-ms-date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:50:32 GMT  
Authorization: SharedKey myaccount:Z5043vY9MesKNh0PNtksNc9nbXSSqGHueE00JdjidOQ=  

Response

The response includes an HTTP status code and a set of response headers.

Status Code

A successful operation returns status code 202 (Accepted).

For information about status codes, see Status and Error Codes.

Response Headers

The response for this operation includes the following headers. The response may also include additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.

Response header Description
x-ms-request-id This header uniquely identifies the request that was made and can be used for troubleshooting the request. For more information, see Troubleshooting API Operations.
x-ms-version Indicates the version of the File service used to execute the request.
Date A UTC date/time value generated by the service that indicates the time at which the response was initiated.

Response Body

None.

Sample Response

Response Status:  
HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted  

Response Headers:  
Transfer-Encoding: chunked  
Content-Type: application/xml  
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:45:00 GMT  
x-ms-version: 2014-02-14  
Server: Windows-Azure-File/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0  

Authorization

Only the account owner may call this operation.

Remarks

Attempting to delete directories that are not empty will fail with status code 409 (DirectoryNotEmpty).

Once a client has received status code 202 (Accepted), then the directory has been removed from the system and is eligible to be recreated. Subsequent calls to Get Directory Properties will result in 404 (Not Found).

See Also

Operations on Directories