Clear Messages

The Clear Messages operation deletes all messages from the specified queue.


You can construct the Clear Messages request as follows. We recommend HTTPS. Replace myaccount with the name of your storage account, and replace myqueue with the name of your queue.

Method Request URI HTTP version

URI for the emulated storage service

When you're making a request against the emulated storage service, specify the emulator host name and Azure Queue Storage port as, followed by the name of the emulated storage account:

Method Request URI HTTP version

URI parameters

You can specify the following additional parameters on the request URI:

Parameter Description
timeout Optional. The timeout parameter is expressed in seconds. For more information, see Set timeouts for Queue Storage operations.

Request headers

The following table describes required and optional request headers:

Request header Description
Authorization Required. Specifies the authorization scheme, account name, and signature. For more information, see Authorize requests to Azure Storage.
Date or x-ms-date Required. Specifies the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for the request. For more information, see Authorize requests to Azure Storage.
x-ms-version Optional. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. For more information, see Versioning for the Azure Storage services.
x-ms-client-request-id Optional. Provides a client-generated, opaque value with a 1-kibibyte (KiB) character limit that's recorded in the logs when logging is configured. We highly recommend that you use this header to correlate client-side activities with requests that the server receives.

Request body



The response includes an HTTP status code and a set of response headers.

Status code

A successful operation returns status code 204 (No Content).

For information about status codes, see Status and error codes.

Response headers

The response for this operation includes the following headers. The response also includes additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.

Request header Description
x-ms-request-id Uniquely identifies the request that was made. You can use this header to troubleshoot the request. For more information, see Troubleshoot API operations.
x-ms-version Indicates the version of Queue Storage that's used to execute the request. This header is returned for requests made against version 2009-09-19 and later.
Date A UTC date/time value that indicates the time at which the service sent the response.
x-ms-client-request-id Can be used to troubleshoot requests and corresponding responses. The value of this header is equal to the value of the x-ms-client-request-id header, if it's present in the request and the value is at most 1,024 visible ASCII characters. If the x-ms-client-request-id header is not present in the request, this header won't be present in the response.

Response body



Only the account owner can call this operation.


If a queue contains a large number of messages, Clear Messages might time out before all messages have been deleted. In this case, Queue Storage returns status code 500 (Internal Server Error), with the additional error code OperationTimedOut. If you receive this error code, the operation may or may not have succeeded on the server side, and you should query the server state before retrying the operation. If the operation times out and is determined to be unsuccessful on the server side, the client should continue to retry Clear Messages until it succeeds to ensure that all messages have been deleted.

See also

Queue Storage error codes
Authorize requests to Azure Storage
Status and error codes