Delete File

The Delete File operation immediately removes the file from the storage account.

Request

The Delete File request is constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended.

Method Request URI HTTP Version
DELETE https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myshare/mydirectorypath/myfile 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.
myfile The name of the file.

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

URI Parameters

The following additional parameters can be specified in 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.

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.

Authorization

Only the account owner may call this operation.

Remarks

When a file is successfully deleted, it is immediately removed from the storage account's index and is no longer accessible to clients. The file's data is later removed from the service during garbage collection.

Delete File will fail with status code 409 (Conflict) and error code SharingViolation if the file is open on an SMB client.

See Also

Operations on Files