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Delete Container


Updated: August 4, 2015

The Delete Container operation marks the specified container for deletion. The container and any blobs contained within it are later deleted during garbage collection.

The Delete Container request may be constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended. Replace myaccount with the name of your storage account:


Request URI

HTTP Version



Emulated Storage Service URI

When making a request against the emulated storage service, specify the emulator hostname and Blob service port as, followed by the emulated storage account name:


Request URI

HTTP Version



For more information, see Using the Azure Storage Emulator for Development and Testing.

URI Parameters

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 Blob Service Operations.

Request Headers

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.

x-ms-lease-id: <ID>

Required for version 2012-02-12 and newer if the container has an active lease. To call Delete Container on a container that has an active lease, specify the lease ID in this header. If this header is not specified when there is an active lease, Delete Container will return 409 (Conflict). If you specify the wrong lease ID, or a lease ID on a container that does not have an active lease, Delete Container will return 412 (Precondition failed).


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.


Optional. Provides a client-generated, opaque value with a 1 KB character limit that is recorded in the analytics logs when storage analytics logging is enabled. Using this header is highly recommended for correlating client-side activities with requests received by the server. For more information, see About Storage Analytics Logging and Azure Logging: Using Logs to Track Storage Requests.

This operation also supports the use of conditional headers to delete the container only if a specified condition is met. For more information, see Specifying Conditional Headers for Blob Service Operations.

Request Body


Sample Request

Request Syntax:

Request Headers:
x-ms-version: 2011-08-18
x-ms-date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:44:34 GMT
Authorization: SharedKey devstoreaccount1:t7mf5htNuwLFX9g0S2LDdRtRn1FQzMAluBvHy1QPpnM=

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

Status Code

A successful operation returns status code 202 (Accepted).

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

Response Headers

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 Blob service used to execute the request. This header is returned for requests made against version 2009-09-19 and above.


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

Response Body


Sample Response

Response Status:
HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

Response Headers:
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: application/xml
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:45:00 GMT
x-ms-version: 2011-08-18
Server: Windows-Azure-Blob/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0

Only the account owner may call this operation.

When a container is deleted, a container with the same name cannot be created for at least 30 seconds; the container may not be available for more than 30 seconds if the service is still processing the request. While the container is being deleted, attempts to create a container of the same name will fail with status code 409 (Conflict), with the service returning additional error information indicating that the container is being deleted. All other operations, including operations on any blobs under the container, will fail with status code 404 (Not Found) while the container is being deleted.

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