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Delete Multiple Amazon S3 Objects Per Request (Multi-Object Delete)

You can Delete multiple Amazon S3 Objects from an S3 Bucket with Multi-Object Delete operation. You must have a valid registered AWS account to authenticate the request.

With Multi-Object Delete, you can delete upto 1000 Objects using single HTTP Request. You can request Multi- Object Delete operation in two ways:

  1. Delete Multiple Amazon S3 Objects with Multi-Object Delete API in your code - You can write your own software code to use S3 REST (or SOAP) API to delete multiple S3 Objects. Please read on AWS Documentation site for SOAP API details.
  2. Delete Multiple Amazon S3 Objects with Bucket Explorer UI - You can delete multiple S3 Objects in one request, using Bucket Explorer software, without writing any code.

Batch Delete using Amazon REST API

To delete multiple objects from a bucket, you can request multi-object delete by sending a POST Request to S3 server with a single query string parameter called “delete”, common Request Headers, and Content-MD5 header to ensure that your request body has not been altered in transit. You also need to 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.

Syntax:


POST /?delete HTTP/1.1
Host: bucketname .s3.amazonaws.com
Authorization: signatureValue
Content-Length: length
Content-MD5: MD5

<?xml version=”1.0” encoding=”UTF-8”?>
<Delete>
<Quiet> true </Quiet>
<Object>
<Key> Key </Key>
<VersionId> VersionId </VersionId>
</Object>
<Object>
<Key> Key </Key>
</Object>
...
</Delete>
 

Batch Delete using Bucket Explorer

You can use Bucket Explorer to perform the same multi object delete operation with mouse clicks, without writing any code.

Batch delete operation can completely delete files or objects from a Bucket without saving in Trash of system bucket. It can delete in the batch of 1000 objects in a single request.

Amazon S3 Bucket Delete: Below are the steps if you want to delete bucket(s) permanently without saving anything in Trash

  1. Start Bucket Explorer and connect with your Amazon S3 Account .
  2. Select the Bucket that you want to delete.
  3. Click on the dropdown “ Advanced ” button and select “ Quick Delete ” or Right click on the Bucket and select Bucket Delete -> Quick Delete option.
  4. If the Bucket which you are deleting is a distributed bucket, then it will ask you with “You have created a distribution on this bucket. Are you sure you want to delete the bucket #BucketName#”.
  5. If the selected bucket is a destination bucket to deliver log files, and if Amazon S3 versioning is enabled, then you will be notified on deleting it.
  6. On confirming all notifications (if any), it will prompt with a message -
    “Quick Delete” 1. Everything gets deleted permanently, won’t move in trash. 2. Quick delete operation is using Amazon S3 Multi-Object Delete API. Are you sure you want to delete the bucket: #BucketName# with Delete and Don’t Delete buttons.
  1. If you click on “Delete”, it will show a process bar showing “Preparing listing for delete” in a box with “Cancel listing” button.
    Note: If you click on Cancel listing button, the listing process will stop.
  2. After completion of listing process, it will start deleting files and will also show “Cancel delete” button.
  3. On completion of deletion process, you will find a button named “ Save result to file ”. It will save delete history to CSV file at temporary path.
Delete Amazon S3 Files/Folders:

Below are the steps to delete Bucket’s Files/Folders permanently without saving anything in system bucket:

  1. Start Bucket Explorer and connect with your Amazon S3 Account.
  2. Select the file(s)/folder(s) to be deleted.
  3. Click on the dropdown Advanced -> Quick delete from object toolbar or you can right click on Files/folders and select “ Delete File ” -> “ Quick Delete ”.
  4. It will prompt you with a message
    “Quick delete 1. Everything gets deleted permanently, won’t move in trash. 2. Quick delete operation is using Amazon S3 Multi-Object Delete API. Are you sure you want to delete #No. of files/folders# item(s) with Delete and Don’t Delete buttons.
  5. If you click on “Delete”, it will show a process bar showing “Preparing listing for delete” in a box with “Cancel listing” button.
    Note: If you click on Cancel listing Button, the listing process will stop.
  6. After completion of listing process, it will start deleting files/folders and will also show “Cancel delete” button.
  7. On completion of deletion process, you will find a button named “ Save result to file ”. It will save delete history to CSV file at temporary path.