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ProfileManager.DeleteProfile Method

Deletes the profile for the specified user name from the data source.

Namespace:  System.Web.Profile
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public static bool DeleteProfile(
	string username


Type: System.String
The user name for the profile to be deleted.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the user profile was found and deleted; otherwise, false.


username is an empty string ("") or contains a comma.


username is null.

The DeleteProfile method deletes all profile information and properties for the user profile for the specified username from the data source for the specified ApplicationName.

The DeleteProfile method calls the DeleteProfiles method of the default profile provider to perform the delete operation. The default profile provider is specified using the defaultProvider attribute of the profile configuration element. If the user profile contains properties that are managed by a profile provider other than the default provider, they are not deleted. To delete profile properties that are managed by a profile provider other than the default provider, obtain a reference to the profile provider using the Providers property and call the DeleteProfiles method of the provider directly.

The following code example shows an ASP.NET page that manages inactive profiles. The DeleteProfile method is called when a single profile is selected to be deleted. Whether a profile is considered inactive is based on the date specified for the userInactiveSinceDate parameter value passed to the GetAllInactiveProfiles method.

Security noteSecurity Note

This example contains a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Profile" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<script runat="server">

ProfileAuthenticationOption authOption;
int inactiveDays = 120;
int deletedProfiles = 0;

public void Page_Load()
  DeletedMessage.Text = "";

  authOption = GetAuthenticationOption();

  if (!IsPostBack)
    InactiveDaysTextBox.Text = inactiveDays.ToString();

    inactiveDays = Convert.ToInt32(InactiveDaysTextBox.Text);

public void ProfileGrid_Delete(object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs args)
  // Retrieve user name selected.

  int index = Convert.ToInt32(args.CommandArgument);

  string username = ProfileGrid.Rows[index].Cells[0].Text;

  if (ProfileManager.DeleteProfile(username))
    DeletedMessage.Text = "Profile deleted.";

  // Refresh profile list.


private void GetProfiles()
  ProfileGrid.DataSource = ProfileManager.GetAllInactiveProfiles(authOption,
                               DateTime.Now.Subtract(new TimeSpan(inactiveDays, 0, 0, 0)));

public void NextButton_OnClick(object sender, EventArgs args)

public void PreviousButton_OnClick(object sender, EventArgs args)

public void ModifyInactiveDaysButton_OnClick(object sender, EventArgs args)

public void AuthenticationOptionListBox_OnSelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs args)
  authOption = GetAuthenticationOption();

private ProfileAuthenticationOption GetAuthenticationOption()
  if (AuthenticationOptionListBox.SelectedItem != null)
    switch (AuthenticationOptionListBox.SelectedItem.Value)
      case "Anonymous":
        return ProfileAuthenticationOption.Anonymous;
      case "Authenticated":
        return ProfileAuthenticationOption.Authenticated;
        return ProfileAuthenticationOption.All;

  return ProfileAuthenticationOption.All;

public void DeleteAllInactiveButton_OnClick(object sender, EventArgs args)
  deletedProfiles = ProfileManager.DeleteInactiveProfiles(authOption, 
                        DateTime.Now.Subtract(new TimeSpan(inactiveDays, 0, 0 ,0)));
  DeletedMessage.Text = deletedProfiles.ToString() + " profiles deleted.";

<html xmlns="" >
<title>Sample: Find Profiles</title>

<form id="form1" runat="server">
  <h3>Profile List</h3>

  <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="3">
      <td valign="top">Authentication Option</td>
      <td valign="top"><asp:ListBox id="AuthenticationOptionListBox" rows="3" runat="Server"
                         <asp:ListItem value="All" selected="True">All</asp:ListItem>
                         <asp:ListItem value="Authenticated">Authenticated</asp:ListItem>
                         <asp:ListItem value="Anonymous">Anonymous</asp:ListItem>
      <td valign="top" style="width:160">
        Number of Days for Profile to be considered "inactive"</td>
      <td valign="top" style="width:200">
        <asp:TextBox id="InactiveDaysTextBox" runat="Server" MaxLength="3" Columns="3" />
        <asp:Button id="ModifyInactiveDaysButton" runat="server" Text="Refresh Results" 
           OnClick="ModifyInactiveDaysButton_OnClick" /><br />
        <asp:Button id="DeleteAllInactiveButton" runat="Server"
           Text="Delete All Inactive Profiles" OnClick="DeleteAllInactiveButton_OnClick" />
      <td valign="top">
        <asp:RequiredFieldValidator id="InactiveDaysRequiredValidator" runat="server"
           ControlToValidate="InactiveDaysTextBox" ForeColor="red"
           Display="Static" ErrorMessage="Required" />
        <asp:RegularExpressionValidator id="InactiveDaysValidator" runat="server"
           ControlToValidate="InactiveDaysTextBox" ForeColor="red"
           Display="Static" ValidationExpression="[0-9]*" 
           ErrorMessage="Inactive Days must be a whole number less than 1000 (e.g. 30, 120)" />
      <td><asp:Label id="DeletedMessage" runat="server" /></td>

  <asp:GridView id="ProfileGrid" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="false"
                CellPadding="2" CellSpacing="1" Gridlines="None">
    <HeaderStyle BackColor="darkblue" ForeColor="white" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="User Name" DataField="Username" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Is Anonymous" DataField="IsAnonymous" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Last Updated" DataField="LastUpdatedDate" />
      <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Last Activity" DataField="LastActivityDate" />
      <asp:ButtonField HeaderText="Action" Text="Delete" ButtonType="Link" />



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.