Amazon Rekognition
Developer Guide


Deletes faces from a collection. You specify a collection ID and an array of face IDs to remove from the collection.

This operation requires permissions to perform the rekognition:DeleteFaces action.

Request Syntax

{ "CollectionId": "string", "FaceIds": [ "string" ] }

Request Parameters

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


Collection from which to remove the specific faces.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 255.

Pattern: [a-zA-Z0-9_.\-]+

Required: Yes


An array of face IDs to delete.

Type: Array of strings

Array Members: Minimum number of 1 item. Maximum number of 4096 items.

Pattern: [0-9a-f]{8}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{12}

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

{ "DeletedFaces": [ "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.


An array of strings (face IDs) of the faces that were deleted.

Type: Array of strings

Array Members: Minimum number of 1 item. Maximum number of 4096 items.

Pattern: [0-9a-f]{8}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{12}



You are not authorized to perform the action.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Amazon Rekognition experienced a service issue. Try your call again.

HTTP Status Code: 500


Input parameter violated a constraint. Validate your parameter before calling the API operation again.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The number of requests exceeded your throughput limit. If you want to increase this limit, contact Amazon Rekognition.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The collection specified in the request cannot be found.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Amazon Rekognition is temporarily unable to process the request. Try your call again.

HTTP Status Code: 500


Example Request

The following example shows a request that deletes a face from a collection named examplemyphotos.

Sample Request

POST HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept-Encoding: identity Content-Length: 81 X-Amz-Target: RekognitionService.DeleteFaces X-Amz-Date: 20170105T170305Z User-Agent: aws-cli/1.11.25 Python/2.7.9 Windows/8 botocore/1.4.82 Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=XXXXXXXX/20170105/us-west-2/rekognition/aws4_request, SignedHeaders=content-type;host;x-amz-date;x-amz-target, Signature=XXXXXXXX { "FaceIds":[ "11111111-2222-3333-4444-555555555555" ], "CollectionId":"examplemyphotos" }

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:03:06 GMT x-amzn-RequestId: d3c6f630-d368-11e6-96d5-039839f35287 Content-Length: 57 Connection: keep-alive { "DeletedFaces":[ "11111111-2222-3333-4444-555555555555" ] }

See Also

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