Delete Archive (DELETE archive) - Amazon S3 Glacier

This page is only for existing customers of the S3 Glacier service using Vaults and the original REST API from 2012.

If you're looking for archival storage solutions we suggest using the S3 Glacier storage classes in Amazon S3, S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval, S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval, and S3 Glacier Deep Archive. To learn more about these storage options, see S3 Glacier storage classes and Long-term data storage using S3 Glacier storage classes in the Amazon S3 User Guide. These storage classes use the Amazon S3 API, are available in all regions, and can be managed within the Amazon S3 console. They offer features like Storage Cost Analysis, Storage Lens, advanced optional encryption features, and more.

Delete Archive (DELETE archive)


This operation deletes an archive from a vault. You can delete one archive at a time from a vault. To delete the archive you must provide its archive ID in the delete request. You can get the archive ID by downloading the vault inventory for the vault that contains the archive. For more information about downloading the vault inventory, see Downloading a Vault Inventory in Amazon S3 Glacier.

After you delete an archive, you might still be able to make a successful request to initiate a job to retrieve the deleted archive, but the archive retrieval job will fail.

Archive retrievals that are in progress for an archive ID when you delete the archive might or might not succeed according to the following scenarios:

  • If the archive retrieval job is actively preparing the data for download when Amazon S3 Glacier (S3 Glacier) receives the delete archive request, the archival retrieval operation might fail.

  • If the archive retrieval job has successfully prepared the archive for download when S3 Glacier receives the delete archive request, you will be able to download the output.

For more information about archive retrieval, see Downloading an Archive in S3 Glacier.

This operation is idempotent. Attempting to delete an already-deleted archive does not result in an error.


To delete an archive you send a DELETE request to the archive resource URI.


DELETE /AccountId/vaults/VaultName/archives/ArchiveID HTTP/1.1 Host: x-amz-Date: Date Authorization: SignatureValue x-amz-glacier-version: 2012-06-01


The AccountId value is the AWS account ID of the account that owns the vault. You can either specify an AWS account ID or optionally a single '-' (hyphen), in which case Amazon S3 Glacier uses the AWS account ID associated with the credentials used to sign the request. If you use an account ID, do not include any hyphens ('-') in the ID.

Request Parameters

This operation does not use request parameters.

Request Headers

This operation uses only request headers that are common to all operations. For information about common request headers, see Common Request Headers.

Request Body

This operation does not have a request body.



HTTP/1.1 204 No Content x-amzn-RequestId: x-amzn-RequestId Date: Date

Response Headers

This operation uses only response headers that are common to most responses. For information about common response headers, see Common Response Headers.

Response Body

This operation does not return a response body.


For information about Amazon S3 Glacier exceptions and error messages, see Error Responses.


The following example demonstrates how to delete an archive from the vault named examplevault.

Example Request

The ID of the archive to be deleted is specified as a subresource of archives.

DELETE /-/vaults/examplevault/archives/NkbByEejwEggmBz2fTHgJrg0XBoDfjP4q6iu87-TjhqG6eGoOY9Z8i1_AUyUsuhPAdTqLHy8pTl5nfCFJmDl2yEZONi5L26Omw12vcs01MNGntHEQL8MBfGlqrEXAMPLEArchiveId HTTP/1.1 Host: x-amz-Date: 20170210T120000Z x-amz-glacier-version: 2012-06-01 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE/20141123/us-west-2/glacier/aws4_request,SignedHeaders=host;x-amz-date;x-amz-glacier-version,Signature=9257c16da6b25a715ce900a5b45b03da0447acf430195dcb540091b12966f2a2

Example Response

If the request is successful, S3 Glacier responds with 204 No Content to indicate that the archive is deleted.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content x-amzn-RequestId: AAABZpJrTyioDC_HsOmHae8EZp_uBSJr6cnGOLKp_XJCl-Q Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2017 12:00:00 GMT