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    The delete() method of the IDBObjectStore interface returns an IDBRequest object, and, in a separate thread, deletes the current object store. This is for deleting individual records out of an object store.


    var request = objectStore.delete(recordKey);


    An IDBRequest object on which subsequent events related to this operation are fired. The request.result attribute is set to undefined.


    This method may raise a DOMException with a DOMError of the following types:

    Exception Description
    TransactionInactiveError This IDBCursor's transaction is inactive.
    ReadOnlyError The transaction mode is read-only.
    InvalidStateError The cursor was created using IDBindex.openKeyCursor, is currently being iterated, or has iterated past its end.
    DataError The key is not a valid key or a key range


    In the following code snippet, we open a read/write transaction on our database and delete one specific record out of our object store using delete() — a sample record with the key "Walk dog". For a full working example, see our To-do Notifications app (view example live.)

    // Let us open our database
    var DBOpenRequest ="toDoList", 4);
    DBOpenRequest.onsuccess = function(event) {
      note.innerHTML += '<li>Database initialised.</li>';
      // store the result of opening the database in the db variable. This is used a lot below
      db = DBOpenRequest.result;
      // Run the deleteData() function to delete a record from the database
    function deleteData() {
      // open a read/write db transaction, ready for deleting the data
      var transaction = db.transaction(["toDoList"], "readwrite");
      // report on the success of opening the transaction
      transaction.oncomplete = function(event) {
        note.innerHTML += '<li>Transaction completed: database modification finished.</li>';
      transaction.onerror = function(event) {
        note.innerHTML += '<li>Transaction not opened due to error: ' + transaction.error + '</li>';
      // create an object store on the transaction
      var objectStore = transaction.objectStore("toDoList");
      // clear all the data out of the object store
      var objectStoreRequest = objectStore.delete("Walk dog");
      objectStoreRequest.onsuccess = function(event) {
        // report the success of our delete operation
        note.innerHTML += '<li>Record deleted.</li>';


    The key of the object(s) to be deleted.


    Specification Status Comment
    Indexed Database API
    The definition of 'delete()' in that specification.
    Candidate Recommendation  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 23webkit
    10 moz
    16.0 (16.0)
    10, partial 15 7.1
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support 4.4 22.0 (22.0) 1.0.1 10 22 Not supported

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