The HTTP DELETE request method deletes the specified resource.

Request has body May
Successful response has body May
Safe No
Idempotent Yes
Cacheable No
Allowed in HTML forms No

Syntax

DELETE /file.html HTTP/1.1 

Example

Request

DELETE /file.html HTTP/1.1

Responses

If a DELETE method is successfully applied, there are several response status codes possible:

  •  A 202 (Accepted) status code if the action will likely succeed but has not yet been enacted.
  • A 204 (No Content) status code if the action has been enacted and no further information is to be supplied.
  • A 200 (OK) status code if the action has been enacted and the response message includes a representation describing the status.
HTTP/1.1 200 OK 
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:28:00 GMT

<html>
  <body>
    <h1>File deleted.</h1> 
  </body>
</html>

Specifications

Specification Title
RFC 7231, section 4.3.5: DELETE Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

See also

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