servicePrincipal: removeKey

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Remove a key credential from a servicePrincipal. This method along with addKey can be used by a servicePrincipal to automate rolling its expiring keys.


Create servicePrincipal and Update servicePrincipal operations can continue to be used to add and update key credentials for any servicePrincipal with or without a user's context.

As part of the request validation for this method, a proof of possession of an existing key is verified before the action can be performed.


Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) Application.ReadWrite.All, Directory.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) None.
Application Application.ReadWrite.OwnedBy, Application.ReadWrite.All, Directory.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

POST /servicePrincipals/{id}/removeKey

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.
Content-Type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, provide the following required properties.

Property Type Description
keyId Guid The unique identifier for the password.
proof String A self-signed JWT token used as a proof of possession of the existing keys. This JWT token must be signed using the private key of one of the servicePrincipal's existing valid certificates. The token should contain the following claims:
  • aud - Audience needs to be 00000002-0000-0000-c000-000000000000.
  • iss - Issuer needs to be the id of the servicePrincipal that is making the call.
  • nbf - Not before time.
  • exp - Expiration time should be "nbf" + 10 mins.

Here is a code sample that can be used to generate this proof of possession token.


If successful, this method returns a 204 No content response code.


The following is example shows how to call this API.


The following is an example of the request.

Content-Type: application/json

    "keyId": "f0b0b335-1d71-4883-8f98-567911bfdca6",


The following is an example of the response.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content