AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Deletes the specified message from the specified queue. You specify the message by using the message's receipt handle and not the MessageId you receive when you send the message. Even if the message is locked by another reader due to the visibility timeout setting, it is still deleted from the queue. If you leave a message in the queue for longer than the queue's configured retention period, Amazon SQS automatically deletes the message.

The receipt handle is associated with a specific instance of receiving the message. If you receive a message more than once, the receipt handle you get each time you receive the message is different. If you don't provide the most recently received receipt handle for the message when you use the DeleteMessage action, the request succeeds, but the message might not be deleted.

For standard queues, it is possible to receive a message even after you delete it. This might happen on rare occasions if one of the servers storing a copy of the message is unavailable when you send the request to delete the message. The copy remains on the server and might be returned to you on a subsequent receive request. You should ensure that your application is idempotent, so that receiving a message more than once does not cause issues.

Note:

For PCL and Unity this operation is only available in asynchronous form. Please refer to DeleteMessageAsync.

Namespace: Amazon.SQS
Assembly: AWSSDK.SQS.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z

Syntax

C#
public virtual DeleteMessageResponse DeleteMessage(
         DeleteMessageRequest request
)
Parameters
request
Type: Amazon.SQS.Model.DeleteMessageRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the DeleteMessage service method.

Return Value
The response from the DeleteMessage service method, as returned by SQS.

Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
InvalidIdFormatException The receipt handle isn't valid for the current version.
ReceiptHandleIsInvalidException The receipt handle provided isn't valid.

Examples

This example shows how to delete a message.

Delete message example

var client = new AmazonSQSClient();

var request = new ReceiveMessageRequest
{
  AttributeNames = new List() { "All" },
  MaxNumberOfMessages = 5,
  QueueUrl = "https://sqs.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/80398EXAMPLE/MyTestQueue",
  VisibilityTimeout = (int)TimeSpan.FromMinutes(10).TotalSeconds,
  WaitTimeSeconds = (int)TimeSpan.FromSeconds(5).TotalSeconds
};

var response = client.ReceiveMessage(request);

if (response.Messages.Count > 0)
{
  foreach (var message in response.Messages)
  {
    Console.Write("Message ID '" + message.MessageId + "' ");

    var delRequest = new DeleteMessageRequest
    {
      QueueUrl = "https://sqs.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/80398EXAMPLE/MyTestQueue",
      ReceiptHandle = message.ReceiptHandle
    };

    var delResponse = client.DeleteMessage(delRequest);
  }
}
else
{
  Console.WriteLine("No messages to delete.");
}
      

Version Information

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5, 4.0, 3.5

Portable Class Library:
Supported in: Windows Store Apps
Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1
Supported in: Xamarin Android
Supported in: Xamarin iOS (Unified)
Supported in: Xamarin.Forms

Unity:
Supported Versions: 4.6 and above
Supported Platforms: Android, iOS, Standalone

See Also