Removing Delete Markers
To delete a delete marker, you must specify its version ID in a
DELETE Object versionId request. If you use a
DELETE request to delete a delete marker (without
specifying the version ID of the delete marker), Amazon S3 does not delete the delete
marker, but instead, inserts another delete marker.
The following figure shows how a simple
DELETE on a
delete marker removes nothing, but adds a new delete marker to a bucket.
In a versioning-enabled bucket, this new delete marker would have a unique version ID. So, it's possible to have multiple delete markers of the same object in one bucket.
To permanently delete a delete marker, you must include its version ID in a
DELETE Object versionId request. The following figure
shows how a
DELETE Object versionId request permanently
removes a delete marker. Only the owner of a bucket can permanently remove a
The effect of removing the delete marker is that a simple
GET request will now retrieve the current version
(121212) of the object.
To permanently remove a delete marker
versionIdto the ID of the version to the delete marker you want to remove.
DELETE Object versionIdrequest.
Example Removing a Delete Marker
The following example removes the delete marker for
photo.gif version 4857693.
DELETE /photo.gif?versionId=4857693 HTTP/1.1 Host: bucket.s3.amazonaws.com Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:32:00 GMT Authorization: AWS AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE:0RQf4/cRonhpaBX5sCYVf1bNRuU=
When you delete a delete marker, Amazon S3 includes in the response:
204 NoContent x-amz-version-id: