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How to delete all files in a folder by API

How to delete all files in a folder by API

lyza3
Explorer | Level 4

Hi API Team,

I am using dropbox folders temporarily to upload videos to youtube. I need to clean/delete files from Dropbox files after I upload them to youtube since I don't need them anymore and to free up space in Dropbox.

1. Do you have a setting where we can set time to delete files? ex: every day, every Monday at 23:59
2. Do you have a cron job/automation/bot/software that will clean folders for example at 23:59 every day?

 

 I am able to delete individual files and folders as follows (API Doc):

curl -X POST https://api.dropboxapi.com/2/files/permanently_delete \
    --header "Authorization: Bearer " \
    --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
    --data "{\"path\": \"/Homework/math/Prime_Numbers.txt\"}"

 How to delete all files in a folder with out deleting the folder? Something like *.* for all files:

{
    "path": "/uploads/*.*"
}

 I could not interpret the path pattern - path String(pattern="(/(.|[\r\n])*)|(ns:[0-9]+(/.*)?)|(id:.*)")

Can you please guide me to delete all files in a folder ?

Thanks!

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Re: How to delete all files in a folder by API

Greg-DB
Dropboxer

The Dropbox API does not offer a way to configure automatic deletions like this, nor does it offer a way to specify a wildcard like that or otherwise just delete everything in a particular folder without deleting the folder itself, but I'll pass this along as a feature request. I can't promise if or when that might be implemented though.

 

Instead, you'd need to specify each item you do want to delete. Also, /2/files/permanently_delete is for permanently deleting; you can use /2/files/delete_v2 to just delete things. (Deleted items are automatically permanently deleted after a certain amount of time. You can find more information in the help center.) Also, you can use /2/files/delete_batch to delete multiple items at once (though you still need to specify each one).

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Re: How to delete all files in a folder by API

Greg-DB
Dropboxer

The Dropbox API does not offer a way to configure automatic deletions like this, nor does it offer a way to specify a wildcard like that or otherwise just delete everything in a particular folder without deleting the folder itself, but I'll pass this along as a feature request. I can't promise if or when that might be implemented though.

 

Instead, you'd need to specify each item you do want to delete. Also, /2/files/permanently_delete is for permanently deleting; you can use /2/files/delete_v2 to just delete things. (Deleted items are automatically permanently deleted after a certain amount of time. You can find more information in the help center.) Also, you can use /2/files/delete_batch to delete multiple items at once (though you still need to specify each one).

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