ObjectSummary / Action / delete



Removes the null version (if there is one) of an object and inserts a delete marker, which becomes the latest version of the object. If there isn’t a null version, Amazon S3 does not remove any objects but will still respond that the command was successful.

To remove a specific version, you must use the version Id subresource. Using this subresource permanently deletes the version. If the object deleted is a delete marker, Amazon S3 sets the response header, x-amz-delete-marker, to true.

If the object you want to delete is in a bucket where the bucket versioning configuration is MFA Delete enabled, you must include the x-amz-mfa request header in the DELETE versionId request. Requests that include x-amz-mfa must use HTTPS.

For more information about MFA Delete, see Using MFA Delete. To see sample requests that use versioning, see Sample Request.

You can delete objects by explicitly calling DELETE Object or configure its lifecycle ( PutBucketLifecycle) to enable Amazon S3 to remove them for you. If you want to block users or accounts from removing or deleting objects from your bucket, you must deny them the s3:DeleteObject, s3:DeleteObjectVersion, and s3:PutLifeCycleConfiguration actions.

The following action is related to DeleteObject:

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = object_summary.delete(
  • MFA (string) – The concatenation of the authentication device’s serial number, a space, and the value that is displayed on your authentication device. Required to permanently delete a versioned object if versioning is configured with MFA delete enabled.

  • VersionId (string) – VersionId used to reference a specific version of the object.

  • RequestPayer (string) – Confirms that the requester knows that they will be charged for the request. Bucket owners need not specify this parameter in their requests. If either the source or destination Amazon S3 bucket has Requester Pays enabled, the requester will pay for corresponding charges to copy the object. For information about downloading objects from Requester Pays buckets, see Downloading Objects in Requester Pays Buckets in the Amazon S3 User Guide.

  • BypassGovernanceRetention (boolean) – Indicates whether S3 Object Lock should bypass Governance-mode restrictions to process this operation. To use this header, you must have the s3:BypassGovernanceRetention permission.

  • ExpectedBucketOwner (string) – The account ID of the expected bucket owner. If the bucket is owned by a different account, the request fails with the HTTP status code 403 Forbidden (access denied).

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Response Syntax

    'DeleteMarker': True|False,
    'VersionId': 'string',
    'RequestCharged': 'requester'

Response Structure

  • (dict) –

    • DeleteMarker (boolean) –

      Indicates whether the specified object version that was permanently deleted was (true) or was not (false) a delete marker before deletion. In a simple DELETE, this header indicates whether (true) or not (false) the current version of the object is a delete marker.

    • VersionId (string) –

      Returns the version ID of the delete marker created as a result of the DELETE operation.

    • RequestCharged (string) –

      If present, indicates that the requester was successfully charged for the request.