Glacier / Client / delete_archive



This operation deletes an archive from a vault. Subsequent requests to initiate a retrieval of this archive will fail. Archive retrievals that are in progress for this archive ID may or may not succeed according to the following scenarios:

  • If the archive retrieval job is actively preparing the data for download when Amazon S3 Glacier receives the delete archive request, the archival retrieval operation might fail.

  • If the archive retrieval job has successfully prepared the archive for download when Amazon S3 Glacier receives the delete archive request, you will be able to download the output.

This operation is idempotent. Attempting to delete an already-deleted archive does not result in an error.

An AWS account has full permission to perform all operations (actions). However, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users don’t have any permissions by default. You must grant them explicit permission to perform specific actions. For more information, see Access Control Using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

For conceptual information and underlying REST API, see Deleting an Archive in Amazon Glacier and Delete Archive in the Amazon Glacier Developer Guide.

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.delete_archive(
  • accountId (string) –

    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 S3 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.

    Note: this parameter is set to “-” bydefault if no value is not specified.

  • vaultName (string) –


    The name of the vault.

  • archiveId (string) –


    The ID of the archive to delete.




  • Glacier.Client.exceptions.ResourceNotFoundException

  • Glacier.Client.exceptions.InvalidParameterValueException

  • Glacier.Client.exceptions.MissingParameterValueException

  • Glacier.Client.exceptions.ServiceUnavailableException


The example deletes the archive specified by the archive ID.

response = client.delete_archive(


Expected Output:

    'ResponseMetadata': {
        '...': '...',