DeleteBucket - Amazon Simple Storage Service


Deletes the S3 bucket. All objects (including all object versions and delete markers) in the bucket must be deleted before the bucket itself can be deleted.

  • Directory buckets - If multipart uploads in a directory bucket are in progress, you can't delete the bucket until all the in-progress multipart uploads are aborted or completed.

  • Directory buckets - For directory buckets, you must make requests for this API operation to the Regional endpoint. These endpoints support path-style requests in the format . Virtual-hosted-style requests aren't supported. For more information, see Regional and Zonal endpoints in the Amazon S3 User Guide.

  • General purpose bucket permissions - You must have the s3:DeleteBucket permission on the specified bucket in a policy.

  • Directory bucket permissions - You must have the s3express:DeleteBucket permission in an IAM identity-based policy instead of a bucket policy. Cross-account access to this API operation isn't supported. This operation can only be performed by the AWS account that owns the resource. For more information about directory bucket policies and permissions, see AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for S3 Express One Zone in the Amazon S3 User Guide.

HTTP Host header syntax

Directory buckets - The HTTP Host header syntax is

The following operations are related to DeleteBucket:

Request Syntax

DELETE / HTTP/1.1 Host: x-amz-expected-bucket-owner: ExpectedBucketOwner

URI Request Parameters

The request uses the following URI parameters.


Specifies the bucket being deleted.

Directory buckets - When you use this operation with a directory bucket, you must use path-style requests in the format . Virtual-hosted-style requests aren't supported. Directory bucket names must be unique in the chosen Availability Zone. Bucket names must also follow the format bucket_base_name--az_id--x-s3 (for example, DOC-EXAMPLE-BUCKET--usw2-az1--x-s3). For information about bucket naming restrictions, see Directory bucket naming rules in the Amazon S3 User Guide

Required: Yes


The account ID of the expected bucket owner. If the account ID that you provide does not match the actual owner of the bucket, the request fails with the HTTP status code 403 Forbidden (access denied).


For directory buckets, this header is not supported in this API operation. If you specify this header, the request fails with the HTTP status code 501 Not Implemented.

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 204

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 204 response with an empty HTTP body.


Sample Request for general purpose buckets

This request deletes the bucket named quotes.

DELETE / HTTP/1.1 Host: quotes.s3.<Region> Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 12:00:00 GMT Authorization: authorization string

Sample Response for general purpose buckets

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content x-amz-id-2: JuKZqmXuiwFeDQxhD7M8KtsKobSzWA1QEjLbTMTagkKdBX2z7Il/jGhDeJ3j6s80 x-amz-request-id: 32FE2CEB32F5EE25 Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 12:00:00 GMT Connection: close Server: AmazonS3

See Also

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