Amazon Cloud Directory
API Reference

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Deletes a directory. Only disabled directories can be deleted. A deleted directory cannot be undone. Exercise extreme caution when deleting directories.

Request Syntax

PUT /amazonclouddirectory/2017-01-11/directory HTTP/1.1 x-amz-data-partition: DirectoryArn

URI Request Parameters

The request requires the following URI parameters.


The ARN of the directory to delete.

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 Content-type: application/json { "DirectoryArn": "string" }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


The ARN of the deleted directory.

Type: String


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


Access denied or directory not found. Either you don't have permissions for this directory or the directory does not exist. Try calling ListDirectories and check your permissions.

HTTP Status Code: 403


A directory that has been deleted and to which access has been attempted. Note: The requested resource will eventually cease to exist.

HTTP Status Code: 400


An operation can only operate on a disabled directory.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Indicates a problem that must be resolved by Amazon Web Services. This might be a transient error in which case you can retry your request until it succeeds. Otherwise, go to the AWS Service Health Dashboard site to see if there are any operational issues with the service.

HTTP Status Code: 500


Indicates that the provided ARN value is not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Indicates that limits are exceeded. See Limits for more information.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The specified resource could not be found.

HTTP Status Code: 404


Occurs when a conflict with a previous successful write is detected. For example, if a write operation occurs on an object and then an attempt is made to read the object using “SERIALIZABLE” consistency, this exception may result. This generally occurs when the previous write did not have time to propagate to the host serving the current request. A retry (with appropriate backoff logic) is the recommended response to this exception.

HTTP Status Code: 409


Indicates that your request is malformed in some manner. See the exception message.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The following examples are formatted for legibility.

Example Request

PUT /amazonclouddirectory/2017-01-11/directory HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept-Encoding: identity Content-Length: 0 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=AKIAI7E3BYXS3example/20171009/us-west-2/clouddirectory/aws4_request, SignedHeaders=host;x-amz-data-partition;x-amz-date, Signature=671e5a6db08c16becf5a59a956690cbdf3da4a089022e919d1f185ae3365c46a x-amz-data-partition: arn:aws:clouddirectory:us-west-2:45132example:directory/AXQXDXvdgkOWktRXV4HnRa8 X-Amz-Date: 20171009T173437Z User-Agent: aws-cli/1.11.150 Python/2.7.9 Windows/8 botocore/1.7.8

Example Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: 2061f3c0-ad18-11e7-8502-0566a31305cf Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:34:39 GMT x-amzn-RequestId: 2061f3c0-ad18-11e7-8502-0566a31305cf Content-Type: application/json Content-Length: 98 { "DirectoryArn": "arn:aws:clouddirectory:us-west-2:45132example:directory/AXQXDXvdgkOWktRXV4HnRa8" }

See Also

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