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Delete Directory


Updated: August 4, 2015

The Delete Directory operation removes the specified empty directory. Note that the directory must be empty before it can be deleted.

The Delete Directory request may be constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended.


Request URI

HTTP Version



Replace the path components shown in the request URI with your own, as follows:

Path Component



The name of your storage account.


The name of your file share.


Optional. The path to the parent directory.


The name of the directory.

For details on path naming restrictions, see Naming and Referencing Shares, Directories, Files, and Metadata.

The following additional parameters may be specified on the request URI.




Optional. The timeout parameter is expressed in seconds. For more information, see Setting Timeouts for File Service Operations.

The following table describes required and optional request headers.

Request Header



Required. Specifies the authentication scheme, account name, and signature. For more information, see Authentication for the Azure Storage Services.

Date or x-ms-date

Required. Specifies the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for the request. For more information, see Authentication for the Azure Storage Services


Required for all authenticated requests. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. For more information, see Versioning for the Azure Storage Services.

Request Syntax:

Request Headers:
x-ms-version: 2014-02-14
x-ms-date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:50:32 GMT
Authorization: SharedKey myaccount:Z5043vY9MesKNh0PNtksNc9nbXSSqGHueE00JdjidOQ=

The response includes an HTTP status code and a set of response headers.

A successful operation returns status code 202 (Accepted).

For information about status codes, see Status and Error Codes.

The response for this operation includes the following headers. The response may also include additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.

Response header



This header uniquely identifies the request that was made and can be used for troubleshooting the request. For more information, see Troubleshooting API Operations.


Indicates the version of the File service used to execute the request.


A UTC date/time value generated by the service that indicates the time at which the response was initiated.

Response Status:
HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

Response Headers:
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: application/xml
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:45:00 GMT
x-ms-version: 2014-02-14
Server: Windows-Azure-File/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0

Only the account owner may call this operation.

Attempting to delete directories that are not empty will fail with status code 412 (Precondition Failed), with the service returning additional error information indicating that the directory is not empty.

Once a client has received status code 202 (Accepted), then the directory has been removed from the system and is eligible to be recreated. Subsequent calls to Get Directory Properties will result in 404 (Not Found).

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