Delete a file

delete
https://api.box.com/2.0
/files/:file_id

Deletes a file, either permanently or by moving it to the trash.

The the enterprise settings determine whether the item will be permanently deleted from Box or moved to the trash.

Request

application/json

Path Parameters

stringin pathrequired
12345

The unique identifier that represent a file.

The ID for any file can be determined by visiting a file in the web application and copying the ID from the URL. For example, for the url https://*.app.box.com/files/123 the file_id is 123.

Request Headers

stringin headeroptional
1

Ensures this item hasn't recently changed before making changes.

Pass in the item's last observed etag value into this header and the endpoint will fail with a 412 Precondition Failed if it has changed since.

Response

none

Returns an empty response when the file has been successfully deleted.

application/jsonClient Error

Returns an error when the If-Match header does not match the current etag value of the file. This indicates that the file has changed since it was last requested.

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Request Example

cURL
curl -X DELETE https://api.box.com/2.0/files/12345 \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>"
.NET
await client.FilesManager.DeleteAsync(id: "11111");
Java
BoxFile file = new BoxFile(api, "id");
file.delete();
Python
client.file(file_id='11111').delete()
Node
client.files.delete('11111', { etag: '5' })
	.then(() => {
		// File successfully deleted
	})
	.catch(err => {
		if (err.statusCode === 412) {
			// Precondition failed — the file was modified before the deletion was processed
			// Read the file again to ensure it is safe to delete and then retry
		}
	});