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EmptyFolder operation

Last modified: July 01, 2013

Applies to: Exchange Online | Exchange Server 2013 | Office 365

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EmptyFolder Request Example
Successful EmptyFolder Response
EmptyFolder Error Response

The EmptyFolder operation empties folders in a mailbox. Optionally, this operation enables you to delete the subfolders of the specified folder. When a subfolder is deleted, the subfolder and the messages within the subfolder are deleted.

Description

This following example of an EmptyFolder request shows how to form a request to empty a folder. This example deletes all subfolders of the identified folder.

Note Note

The values of the Id and the ChangeKey attributes of the FolderId element have been shortened for readability.

Code

<soap:Envelope xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
               xmlns:soap="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/"
               xmlns:t="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types"
               xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/messages">
  <soap:Header>
    <t:RequestServerVersion Version ="Exchange2010_SP1"/>
    </soap:Header>
    <soap:Body>
      <m:EmptyFolder DeleteType="HardDelete" DeleteSubFolders="true">
        <m:FolderIds>
          <t:FolderId Id="AQMkADhhOGU0"  ChangeKey="AQAAABYAAABsMB" />
        </m:FolderIds>
      </m:EmptyFolder>
    </soap:Body>
</soap:Envelope>

Comments

This example performs a hard delete on the folder.

Folders can be identified by either the DistinguishedFolderId element or the FolderId element for use in the FolderIds element.

Request Elements

The following elements are used in the request:

Description

The following example shows a successful response to the EmptyFolder request.

Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<s:Envelope xmlns:s="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
  <s:Header>
    <h:ServerVersionInfo MajorVersion="14" 
                         MinorVersion="1" 
                         MajorBuildNumber="164" 
                         MinorBuildNumber="0" 
                         Version="Exchange2010_SP1"
                         xmlns:h="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types"
                         xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types"
                         xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
                         xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"/>
  </s:Header>
  <s:Body xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
          xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
    <m:EmptyFolderResponse xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/messages"
                           xmlns:t="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types">
      <m:ResponseMessages>
        <m:EmptyFolderResponseMessage ResponseClass="Success">
          <m:ResponseCode>NoError</m:ResponseCode>
        </m:EmptyFolderResponseMessage>
      </m:ResponseMessages>
    </m:EmptyFolderResponse>
  </s:Body>
</s:Envelope>

Successful Response Elements

Description

The following example shows an error response to an Emptyfolder request. The error was created because the operation tried to empty a folder that was not found in the Exchange store.

Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<s:Envelope xmlns:s="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
  <s:Header>
    <h:ServerVersionInfo MajorVersion="14" 
            MinorVersion="1" 
            MajorBuildNumber="164" 
            MinorBuildNumber="0" 
            Version="Exchange2010_SP1" 
            xmlns:h="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types" 
            xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types" 
            xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" 
            xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" />
  </s:Header>
  <s:Body xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" 
            xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
    <m:GetFolderResponse 
          xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/messages" 
          xmlns:t="http://schemas.microsoft.com/exchange/services/2006/types">
      <m:ResponseMessages>
        <m:GetFolderResponseMessage ResponseClass="Error">
          <m:MessageText>Id is malformed.</m:MessageText>
          <m:ResponseCode>ErrorInvalidIdMalformed</m:ResponseCode>
          <m:DescriptiveLinkKey>0</m:DescriptiveLinkKey>
          <m:Folders />
        </m:GetFolderResponseMessage>
      </m:ResponseMessages>
    </m:GetFolderResponse>
  </s:Body>
</s:Envelope>

Error Response Elements

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