Amazon Glacier
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-06-01)

Delete Vault (DELETE vault)


This operation deletes a vault. Amazon Glacier will delete a vault only if there are no archives in the vault as per the last inventory and there have been no writes to the vault since the last inventory. If either of these conditions is not satisfied, the vault deletion fails (that is, the vault is not removed) and Amazon Glacier returns an error.

You can use the Describe Vault (GET vault) operation that provides vault information, including the number of archives in the vault; however, the information is based on the vault inventory Amazon Glacier last generated.

This operation is idempotent.


When you delete a vault, the vault access policy attached to the vault is also deleted. For more information about vault access policies, see Amazon Glacier Access Control with Vault Access Policies.


To delete a vault, send a DELETE request to the vault resource URI.


DELETE /AccountId/vaults/VaultName HTTP/1.1 Host: 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 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 Glacier exceptions and error messages, see Error Responses.


Example Request

The following example deletes a vault named examplevault. The example request is a DELETE request to the URI of the resource (the vault) to delete.

DELETE /-/vaults/examplevault HTTP/1.1 Host: x-amz-Date: 20141123T120000Z 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

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content x-amzn-RequestId: AAABZpJrTyioDC_HsOmHae8EZp_uBSJr6cnGOLKp_XJCl-Q Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:02:00 GMT