Deletes an empty bucket. The request fails if there are any objects in the bucket, but the request succeeds if the bucket only contains incomplete uploads, such as ongoing XML API multipart uploads.

The DELETE Bucket method is a simple DELETE request with bucket scope. You must have the project owners role to delete buckets. Also, all DELETE Bucket requests must be authenticated.

As a best practice, after you delete all of the objects from a bucket you should set the bucket ACLs so that no users can create objects in the bucket.

If there are objects in the bucket when you attempt to delete it you will get a 409 Conflict status code and the body of the error response will contain BucketNotEmpty in the Code element.

If the bucket does not exist you will get a 404 Not Found status code and the body of the error response will contain NoSuchBucket in the Code element.

Query string parameters

This request does not typically include query string parameters.

See signed URL query string parameters for information on the parameters you include when creating and using signed URLs.

Request headers

Header Description Required
Authorization The authentication string for the request. Yes

The length of the request body without headers (in bytes).

* Not required for requests that use chunked transfer encoding.

Date The date and time of the request. Yes
Host The URI for Cloud Storage. For more information, see Request Endpoints. Yes
x-goog-user-project The project to be billed for charges associated with the request. No

Request body elements

This request does not include an XML document in the request body.

Request syntax

Date: DATE
Content-Length: 0

Response headers

The request can return a variety of response headers depending on the request headers you use.

Response body elements

The response does not include an XML document in the response body.


The following example deletes a bucket named travel-maps.


Date: Mon, 15 Feb  2010 11:00:00 GMT
Content-Length: 0
Authorization: Bearer ya29.AHES6ZRVmB7fkLtd1XTmq6mo0S1wqZZi3-Lh_s-6Uw7p8vtgSwg


HTTP/1.1 204 No Content
Date: Mon, 15 Feb  2010 11:00:01 GMT
Expires: Mon, 15 Feb  2010 11:00:01 GMT