DeleteTags - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud


Deletes the specified set of tags from the specified set of resources.

To list the current tags, use DescribeTags. For more information about tags, see Tag your Amazon EC2 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 IDs of the resources, separated by spaces.

Constraints: Up to 1000 resource IDs. We recommend breaking up this request into smaller batches.

Type: Array of strings

Required: Yes


The tags to delete. Specify a tag key and an optional tag value to delete specific tags. If you specify a tag key without a tag value, we delete any tag with this key regardless of its value. If you specify a tag key with an empty string as the tag value, we delete the tag only if its value is an empty string.

If you omit this parameter, we delete all user-defined tags for the specified resources. We do not delete AWS-generated tags (tags that have the aws: prefix).

Constraints: Up to 1000 tags.

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 client error codes.



This example deletes all the user-defined tags for the AMI with the ID ami-1a2b3c4d.

Sample Request &ResourceId.1=ami-1a2b3c4d &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 &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 &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 &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: