DeleteStack - AWS CloudFormation


Deletes a specified stack. Once the call completes successfully, stack deletion starts. Deleted stacks don't show up in the DescribeStacks operation if the deletion has been completed successfully.

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.


A unique identifier for this DeleteStack request. Specify this token if you plan to retry requests so that AWS CloudFormation knows that you're not attempting to delete a stack with the same name. You might retry DeleteStack requests to ensure that AWS CloudFormation successfully received them.

All events initiated by a given stack operation are assigned the same client request token, which you can use to track operations. For example, if you execute a CreateStack operation with the token token1, then all the StackEvents generated by that operation will have ClientRequestToken set as token1.

In the console, stack operations display the client request token on the Events tab. Stack operations that are initiated from the console use the token format Console-StackOperation-ID, which helps you easily identify the stack operation . For example, if you create a stack using the console, each stack event would be assigned the same token in the following format: Console-CreateStack-7f59c3cf-00d2-40c7-b2ff-e75db0987002.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 128.

Pattern: [a-zA-Z0-9][-a-zA-Z0-9]*

Required: No


Specifies the deletion mode for the stack. Possible values are:

  • STANDARD - Use the standard behavior. Specifying this value is the same as not specifying this parameter.

  • FORCE_DELETE_STACK - Delete the stack if it's stuck in a DELETE_FAILED state due to resource deletion failure.

Type: String


Required: No


For stacks in the DELETE_FAILED state, a list of resource logical IDs that are associated with the resources you want to retain. During deletion, AWS CloudFormation deletes the stack but doesn't delete the retained resources.

Retaining resources is useful when you can't delete a resource, such as a non-empty S3 bucket, but you want to delete the stack.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No


The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role that AWS CloudFormation assumes to delete the stack. AWS CloudFormation uses the role's credentials to make calls on your behalf.

If you don't specify a value, AWS CloudFormation uses the role that was previously associated with the stack. If no role is available, AWS CloudFormation uses a temporary session that's generated from your user credentials.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 20. Maximum length of 2048.

Required: No


The name or the unique stack ID that's associated with the stack.

Type: String

Required: Yes


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


A client request token already exists.

HTTP Status Code: 400



This example illustrates one usage of DeleteStack.

Sample Request ?Action=DeleteStack &StackName=MyStack &Version=2010-05-15 &SignatureVersion=2 &Timestamp=2010-07-27T22%3A26%3A28.000Z &AWSAccessKeyId=[AWS Access KeyID] &Signature=[Signature]

Sample Response

<DeleteStackResponse xmlns=""> <ResponseMetadata> <RequestId>5ccc7dcd-744c-11e5-be70-example</RequestId> </ResponseMetadata> </DeleteStackResponse>

See Also

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