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Deprovision users and archive folders

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Deprovision users and archive folders

This script allows you to deprovision and delete a list of users. It performs the following steps:

  1. Transfers the user content to the current admin user's root folder under Employee Archive.
  2. Deletes the user.



Install the latest version of dotnet core.

MacOS & Linux

Install PowerShell. Run the pwsh command to test the installation.


Depending on the directory you are running the command in, the output may differ. For example:

PowerShell 7.2.5
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.
Type 'help' to get help.
PS /Users/user/repos/boxcli/examples> 

If you encounter issues make sure you installed both dotnet core and PowerShell.

Box application

To use the script, you will need a Box application with OAuth 2.0 authentication. If you don't have one, go to your developer console, and follow the guide Setup with OAuth 2.0.

Configure the script

Clone the boxcli GitHub repository or download the files from examples directory.

git clone

Set your own path to the CSV file with the list of employees.

$EmployeeList = "./Employees_to_delete.csv"

Customize the Employees_to_delete.csv input file of employee accounts you want to delete by providing their email addresses. For example:

Managed User 1,

(Optional) To skip transfer of user content before deleting the user, set the TransferContent parameter to N.

$TransferContent = "N"

(Optional) Change the EmployeeArchiveFolderName to any name of your choice.

$EmployeeArchiveFolderName = "Employee Archive"

Run the script

Change the directory to the folder containing the script. In this example, it is the User Deprovisioning folder.

rvb@lab:~/box-cli/examples/User Deprovisioning$ pwsh
PowerShell 7.2.4
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.
Type 'help' to get help.
PS /home/rvb/box-cli/examples/User Deprovisioning>

Run the script.


When the script run is completed, you will see the following output or a similar one.

Transfered employee content Managed User 1
with User ID: 19927131476 to Employee Archive Folder
Deleted user 19927131476
Deleted employee Managed User 1


Logs are stored in a logs folder located in the main folder. You have access to these log files:

  • Users_Deprovision_all.txt that contains all log entries
  • Users_Deprovision_errors.txt that contains only errors.