Delete file


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.



Path Parameters

stringin pathrequired

The unique identifier that represents 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://* the file_id is 123.

Request Headers

stringin header

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.



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

application/jsonClient error

Returned when the access token provided in the Authorization header is not recognized or not provided.

application/jsonClient error

Returned if the file is not found or has already been deleted, or the user does not have access to the file.

application/jsonClient error

Returned if the file_id is not in a recognized format.

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.

application/jsonClient error

An unexpected client error.

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Request Example

curl -i -X DELETE "" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>"
await client.FilesManager.DeleteAsync(id: "11111");
BoxFile file = new BoxFile(api, "id");
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