Bulk delete object APIedit

Deprecated in 8.7.0.

To be removed in an upcoming version

Remove multiple Kibana saved objects.

Once you delete a saved object, it cannot be recovered.

For the most up-to-date API details, refer to the open API specification.


POST <kibana host>:<port>/api/saved_objects/_bulk_delete

POST <kibana host>:<port>/s/<space_id>/api/saved_objects/_bulk_delete

Path parametersedit

(Optional, string) An identifier for the space. If space_id is not provided in the URL, the default space is used.

Request bodyedit

(Required, string) Valid options include visualization, dashboard, search, index-pattern, config.
(Required, string) The object ID to remove.

Query parametersedit


(Optional, boolean) When true, force delete objects that exist in multiple namespaces. Note that the option applies to the whole request. Use the delete object to specify per-object delete behavior.

Use this if you attempted to delete objects and received an HTTP 400 error with the following message: "Unable to delete saved object that exists in multiple namespaces, use the force option to delete it anyway"

When you bulk delete objects that exist in multiple namespaces, the API also deletes legacy url aliases that reference the object. These requests are batched to minimise the impact but they can place a heavy load on Kibana. Make sure you limit the number of objects that exist in multiple namespaces in a single bulk delete operation.

Response codeedit

Indicates a successful call. Note, this HTTP response code indicates that the bulk operation succeeded. Errors pertaining to individual objects will be returned in the response body. Refer to the example below for details.

Response bodyedit

(array) Top-level property that contains objects that represent the response for each of the requested objects. The order of the objects in the response is identical to the order of the objects in the request.

Saved objects that cannot be removed will include an error object.


Delete three saved objects, where one of them does not exist and one exists in multiple namespaces:

$ curl -X POST api/saved_objects/_bulk_delete
    type: 'visualization',
    id: 'not an id',
    type: 'dashboard',
    id: 'be3733a0-9efe-11e7-acb3-3dab96693fab',
    type: 'index-pattern',
    id: 'd3d7af60-4c81-11e8-b3d7-01146121b73d',

The API returns the following:

  "statuses": [
      "success": false,
      "id": "not an id",
      "type": "visualization",
      "error": {
        "statusCode": 404,
        "error": "Not Found",
        "message": "Saved object [visualization/not an id] not found",
      "success": true,
      "id": "be3733a0-9efe-11e7-acb3-3dab96693fab",
      "type": "dashboard",
      "success": false,
      "id": "d3d7af60-4c81-11e8-b3d7-01146121b73d",
      "type": "index-pattern",
      "error": {
        "statusCode": 400,
        "error": "Bad Request",
        "message": "Unable to delete saved object id: d3d7af60-4c81-11e8-b3d7-01146121b73d, type: index-pattern that exists in multiple namespaces, use the \"force\" option to delete all saved objects: Bad Request",