AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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This operation enables you to delete multiple objects from a bucket using a single HTTP request. If you know the object keys that you want to delete, then this operation provides a suitable alternative to sending individual delete requests, reducing per-request overhead.

The request contains a list of up to 1000 keys that you want to delete. In the XML, you provide the object key names, and optionally, version IDs if you want to delete a specific version of the object from a versioning-enabled bucket. For each key, Amazon S3 performs a delete operation and returns the result of that delete, success, or failure, in the response. Note that if the object specified in the request is not found, Amazon S3 returns the result as deleted.

The operation supports two modes for the response: verbose and quiet. By default, the operation uses verbose mode in which the response includes the result of deletion of each key in your request. In quiet mode the response includes only keys where the delete operation encountered an error. For a successful deletion, the operation does not return any information about the delete in the response body.

When performing this operation on an MFA Delete enabled bucket, that attempts to delete any versioned objects, you must include an MFA token. If you do not provide one, the entire request will fail, even if there are non-versioned objects you are trying to delete. If you provide an invalid token, whether there are versioned keys in the request or not, the entire Multi-Object Delete request will fail. For information about MFA Delete, see MFA Delete.

Finally, the Content-MD5 header is required for all Multi-Object Delete requests. Amazon S3 uses the header value to ensure that your request body has not been altered in transit.

The following operations are related to DeleteObjects:


For .NET Core this operation is only available in asynchronous form. Please refer to DeleteObjectsAsync.

Namespace: Amazon.S3
Assembly: AWSSDK.S3.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public abstract DeleteObjectsResponse DeleteObjects(
         DeleteObjectsRequest request
Type: Amazon.S3.Model.DeleteObjectsRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the DeleteObjects service method.

Return Value
The response from the DeleteObjects service method, as returned by S3.


This example shows how to delete multiple objects in a single request.
Note that the call may not delete all objects. In that case, an exception will be thrown. This exception will contain the list of encountered delete errors.

DeleteObjects sample

// Create a client
AmazonS3Client client = new AmazonS3Client();

// Create a DeleteObject request
DeleteObjectsRequest request = new DeleteObjectsRequest
    BucketName = "SampleBucket",
    Objects = new List<KeyVersion>
        new KeyVersion() {Key = "Item1"},
        // Versioned item
        new KeyVersion() { Key = "Item2", VersionId = "Rej8CiBxcZKVK81cLr39j27Y5FVXghDK", },
        // Item in subdirectory
        new KeyVersion() { Key = "Logs/error.txt"}

    // Issue request
    DeleteObjectsResponse response = client.DeleteObjects(request);
catch (DeleteObjectsException doe)
    // Catch error and list error details
    DeleteObjectsResponse errorResponse = doe.Response;

    foreach (DeletedObject deletedObject in errorResponse.DeletedObjects)
        Console.WriteLine("Deleted item " + deletedObject.Key);
    foreach (DeleteError deleteError in errorResponse.DeleteErrors)
        Console.WriteLine("Error deleting item " + deleteError.Key);
        Console.WriteLine(" Code - " + deleteError.Code);
        Console.WriteLine(" Message - " + deleteError.Message);


Version Information

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5, 4.0, 3.5

See Also