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pages/{pageid} (DELETE)


Deletes a page and optionally descendant pages by moving them to the archive

  • REST Method: DELETE
  • Method Access: public

Uri Parameters

Name Type Description
pageid string either an integer page ID, "home", or "=" followed by a double uri-encoded page path

Query Parameters

Name Type Description
authenticate bool? Force authentication for request (default: false)
redirects int? If zero, do not follow page redirects.
recursive bool? only delete page or delete page and descendants. Default: false

Return Codes

Name Value Description
OK 200 Request completed successfully
Bad Request 400 Invalid input parameter or request body
Forbidden 403 Update/delete access to the page is required
Not Found 404 Requested page could not be found

Message Format


<deletedpages count="{int}">
    <page id="{int}" href="{uri}">

Implementation Notes

When a page is deleted, the page and all files on it are moved into the archive.  A page is never permanently deleted; it will remain in the archive until it is restored (POST:archive/pages/{pageid}/restore).  While a page is in the archive, it cannot be modified.

If the recursive=true query parameter is specified, the page and all its descendants will be deleted.  Otherwise, if the page has descendants, a placeholder parent page will be created for them.

Use GET:pages to retrieve a list of existing pages.

C# Code Sample: Delete a Page

The following code example deletes the page with ID 41:

Sample Code

Plug p = Plug.New("http://deki-hayes/@api/deki");
p.At("users", "authenticate").WithCredentials("admin", "password").Get();
p.At("pages", "41").Delete();

Sample Response from executing Code

<deletedpages count="1">
    <page id="41" href="http://deki-hayes/@api/deki/pages/41">
        <title>Page Title</title>

Curl Code Sample: Remove a Page

The following command deletes page "foo":

Sample Code

curl -u username:password -X DELETE -i http://mindtouch.address/@api/deki/pages/=foo

Implementation notes 

curl flags

Provides external user authentication.
Specifies the HTTP request method.
Outputs the HTTP response headers. Useful for debugging.

Sample Response

Page name = Starfleet

HTTP Response Headers

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 22:30:13 GMT
Server: Dream-HTTPAPI/ Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
Content-Length: 243
Content-Type: application/xml; charset=utf-8
X-Data-Stats: request-time-ms=22; mysql-queries=16; mysql-time-ms=20;
X-Deki-Site: id="default"
Via: 1.1 dekiwiki

HTTP Response Body

Content-Type: application/xml

<deletedpages count="1">
  <page id="569" href="">


  • To delete a page and its sub-pages, append "?recursive=true" to the end of the path. e.g:
curl -u username:password -X DELETE -i
  • Deleted pages are placed in the archive, where they can be either restored or permanently deleted.


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