Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
API Reference (API Version 2016-11-15)


Deletes the specified set of tags from the specified set of resources. This call is designed to follow a DescribeTags request.

For more information about tags, see Tagging Your Resources in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.

Request Parameters

The following parameters are for this specific action. For more information about required and optional parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Query Parameters.


Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation. Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


The ID of the resource. For example, ami-1a2b3c4d. You can specify more than one resource ID.

Type: Array of strings

Required: Yes


One or more tags to delete. If you omit the value parameter, we delete the tag regardless of its value. If you specify this parameter with an empty string as the value, we delete the key only if its value is an empty string.

Type: Array of Tag objects

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


The ID of the request.

Type: String


Is true if the request succeeds, and an error otherwise.

Type: Boolean


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.



This example deletes the tags for the AMI with the ID ami-1a2b3c4d. First, get a list of the tags by using the DescribeTags request, then delete them.

Sample Request

Copy &ResourceId.1=ami-1a2b3c4d &Tag.1.Key=webserver &Tag.2.Key=stack &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<DeleteTagsResponse xmlns=""> <requestId>7a62c49f-347e-4fc4-9331-6e8eEXAMPLE</requestId> <return>true</return> </DeleteTagsResponse>


This example deletes the stack and webserver tags for two particular instances.

Sample Request

Copy &ResourceId.1=i-1234567890abcdef0 &ResourceId.2=i-0598c7d356eba48d7 &Tag.1.Key=stack &Tag.2.Key=webserver &AUTHPARAMS


You can specify a tag key without a corresponding tag value to delete the tag regardless of its value. This example request deletes all tags that have a key of Purpose, regardless of the tag value.

Sample Request

Copy &ResourceId.1=i-0598c7d356eba48d7 &Tag.1.Key=Purpose &AUTHPARAMS


When you create a tag, you can set the tag value to the empty string. Correspondingly, you can delete only tags that have a specific key and whose value is the empty string. This example request deletes all tags for the specified instance where the key is Purpose and the tag value is the empty string.

Sample Request

Copy &ResourceId.1=i-1234567890abcdef0 &Tag.1.Key=Purpose &Tag.2.Value= &AUTHPARAMS

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: