Delete a DriveItem

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Delete a DriveItem by using its ID or path. Deleting items using this method moves the items to the recycle bin instead of permanently deleting the item.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Files.ReadWrite Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Files.ReadWrite Files.ReadWrite.All
Application Files.ReadWrite.All Sites.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

DELETE /drives/{drive-id}/items/{item-id}
DELETE /groups/{group-id}/drive/items/{item-id}
DELETE /me/drive/items/{item-id}
DELETE /sites/{siteId}/drive/items/{itemId}
DELETE /users/{userId}/drive/items/{itemId}

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.
if-match String. If this request header is included and the eTag (or cTag) provided doesn't match the current tag on the item, a 412 Precondition Failed response is returned and the item won't be deleted.


Here's an example of how to call this API.



If successful, this call returns a 204 No Content response to indicate that resource was deleted and there was nothing to return.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content

Error responses

See Error Responses for more info about how errors are returned.