Amazon Simple Queue Service
API Reference (API Version 2012-11-05)


Deletes the queue specified by the QueueUrl, regardless of the queue's contents. If the specified queue doesn't exist, Amazon SQS returns a successful response.


Be careful with the DeleteQueue action: When you delete a queue, any messages in the queue are no longer available.

When you delete a queue, the deletion process takes up to 60 seconds. Requests you send involving that queue during the 60 seconds might succeed. For example, a SendMessage request might succeed, but after 60 seconds the queue and the message you sent no longer exist.

When you delete a queue, you must wait at least 60 seconds before creating a queue with the same name.

Request Parameters

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


The URL of the Amazon SQS queue to delete.

Queue URLs are case-sensitive.

Type: String

Required: Yes


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


The following example query request deletes the specified queue. How you structure the AUTHPARAMS depends on how you are signing your API request. For information about AUTHPARAMS in Signature Version 4, see Examples of Signed Signature Version 4 Requests in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

Sample Request ?Action=DeleteQueue &Version=2012-11-05 &Expires=2020-04-18T22%3A52%3A43PST &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<DeleteQueueResponse> <ResponseMetadata> <RequestId> 6fde8d1e-52cd-4581-8cd9-c512f4c64223 </RequestId> </ResponseMetadata> </DeleteQueueResponse>

See Also

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