Retention policy

A retention policy blocks permanent deletion of content for a specified amount of time. Admins can create retention policies and then later assign them to specific folders or their entire enterprise. To use this feature, you must have the manage retention policies scope enabled for your API key via your application management console.

This resource has a few variations that can be encountered when using the API.

The fields that are part of the standard variant are generally returned when the resource is requested via its own API endpoints. For example, when retrieving a file by ID, it will return these fields unless the fields parameter has been specified.


The unique identifier that represent a file version.


Value is always retention_policy

string / date-time

When the retention policy object was created

A mini user object representing the user that created the retention policy


The disposition action of the retention policy. This action can be permanently_delete, which will cause the content retained by the policy to be permanently deleted, or remove_retention, which will lift the retention policy from the content, allowing it to be deleted by users, once the retention policy has expired.

Value is one of permanently_delete,remove_retention

string / date-time

When the retention policy object was last modified

Some Policy Name

The name given to the retention policy


The type of the retention policy. A retention policy type can either be finite, where a specific amount of time to retain the content is known upfront, or indefinite, where the amount of time to retain the content is still unknown.

Value is one of finite,indefinite

string / int32

The length of the retention policy. This length specifies the duration in days that the retention policy will be active for after being assigned to content. If the policy has A policy_type of indefinite, the retention_length will also be indefinite.


The status of the retention policy. The status of a policy will be active, unless explicitly retired by an administrator, in which case the status will be retired. Once a policy has been retired, it cannot become active again.

Value is one of active,retired

Response Example

  "id": 12345,
  "type": "retention_policy",
  "created_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "created_by": {
    "id": 11446498,
    "type": "user",
    "login": "",
    "name": "Aaron Levie"
  "disposition_action": "permanently_delete",
  "modified_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "policy_name": "Some Policy Name",
  "policy_type": "finite",
  "retention_length": 365,
  "status": "active"