Delete Table

The Delete Table operation deletes the specified table and any data it contains.


You can construct the Delete Table request as follows. HTTPS is recommended. Replace myaccount with the name of your storage account, and mytable with the name of the table to be deleted.

Method Request URI HTTP version
DELETE'mytable') HTTP/1.1

Emulated storage service URI

When you make a request against the emulated storage service, specify the emulator hostname and Azure Table Storage port as, followed by the emulated storage account name.

Method Request URI HTTP version
DELETE'mytable') HTTP/1.1

Table Storage in the emulated storage service differs from the Azure Table Storage in several ways. For more information, see Differences between the storage emulator and Azure Storage services.

URI parameters


Request headers

The request must include the Authorization header, and either the Date or x-ms-date header, as specified in Authorize requests to Azure Storage. Additional headers are described in the following table.

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.
Content-Type Required. Specifies the content type of the payload. Possible values are:

- application/atom+xml (versions prior to 2015-12-11 only)
- application/json

For more information, see Payload format for Table Storage operations.
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. For more information, see Monitor Azure Table Storage.

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 and Table Storage error codes.

Response headers

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

Response header Description
x-ms-request-id This header uniquely identifies the request that was made, and can be used for troubleshooting the request. For more information, see Troubleshooting API operations.
x-ms-version Indicates the version of Table Storage used to run 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 response was initiated. This service generates this value.
x-ms-client-request-id You can use this header 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. The value is at most 1,024 visible ASCII characters. If the x-ms-client-request-id header isn't present in the request, this header won't be present in the response.

Response body



Only the account owner can call this operation.


When you successfully delete a table, it's immediately marked for deletion and is no longer accessible to clients. The table is later removed from Table Storage during garbage collection.

Note that deleting a table is likely to take at least 40 seconds to complete. If you attempt an operation against the table while it's being deleted, the service returns status code 409 (Conflict). The service returns additional error information indicating that the table is being deleted.

See also

Table Storage error codes
Setting the OData data service version headers
Authorize requests to Azure Storage
Status and error codes