Delete Watch API

The DELETE watch API removes a watch from Watcher.


DELETE _xpack/watcher/watch/<watch_id>


When the watch is removed, the document representing the watch in the .watches index is gone and it will never be run again.

Please note that deleting a watch does not delete any watch execution records related to this watch from the watch history.

Deleting a watch must be done via this API only. Do not delete the watch directly from the .watches index using the Elasticsearch DELETE Document API. When X-Pack security is enabled, make sure no write privileges are granted to anyone over the .watches index.

Path Parameters

watch_id (required)
(string) Identifier for the watch.


You must have manage_watcher cluster privileges to use this API. For more information, see Security Privileges.


The following example deletes a watch with the my-watch id:

DELETE _xpack/watcher/watch/my_watch


   "found": true,
   "_id": "my_watch",
   "_version": 2