How to delete AWS S3 bucket?

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Let’s start:

You can delete an empty Amazon S3 bucket. Before deleting a bucket, consider the following:

  • Bucket names are unique. If you delete a bucket, another AWS user can use the name.

  • If the bucket hosts a static website, and you created and configured an Amazon Route 53 hosted zone, then you must clean up the Route 53 hosted zone settings that are related to the bucket.

  • If the bucket receives log data from Elastic Load Balancing (ELB): We recommend that you stop the delivery of ELB logs to the bucket before deleting it.
  • After you delete the bucket, if another user creates a bucket using the same name, your log data could potentially be delivered to that bucket.

So, now let’s start to delete the S3 Bucket.

Step1: Select the Bucket

  • Go to the Buckets list page
  • Select the bucket name, that you want to delete
  • Click on Delete button


Step2: Fix the Error

  • When you click the Delete, then it will thrown error if bucket is not empty.
  • So make sure the Bucket is empty before deleting it.


Step3: Delete bucket objects

  • Go back to the bucket and select all the objects
  • Click Delete button


Step4: Confirm Object Delete Dialog

  • Confirm the confirm delete dialog
  • Just type permanently delete on the field
  • Click Delete Objects


Step5: Object Deletion Message

** After successfully deleting objects, It’ll show the success message


Step6: Repeat step1.

  • Now bucket is Empty.
  • You can repeat the Step1 to delete the bucket.
  • Here, I’m assuming we have not configured any statis website or Route 53 hosted zone
  • After selecting the bucket, click on Delete


Step7: Confirm Object Deletion Dialog

  • Now confirm the dialog.
  • Just type bucket name skillshats-s3-bucket in the field.
  • Click on the Delete Bucket


Step8: Success Message

  • After deleting the bucket, It’ll show the success message.
  • Now if you want to create another bucket, then click on Create Bucket.


If you are unable to delete an Amazon S3 bucket, consider the following:

  • Make sure the bucket is empty – You can only delete buckets that don’t have any objects in them. Make sure the bucket is empty.

  • s3:DeleteBucket permissions – If you cannot delete a bucket, work with your IAM administrator to confirm that you have s3:DeleteBucket permissions in your IAM user policy. For information about how to view or update IAM permissions, see Changing permissions for an IAM user in the IAM User Guide.

  • s3:DeleteBucket deny statement – If you have s3:DeleteBucket permissions in your IAM policy and you cannot delete a bucket, the bucket policy might include a deny statement for s3:DeleteBucket. Buckets created by ElasticBeanstalk have a policy containing this statement by default. Before you can delete the bucket, you must delete this statement or the bucket policy.

You have successfully deleted the S3 Bucket.

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