How to Delete Document in ElasticSearch?

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How to Delete Document in ElasticSearchLearn how to Delete Document in ElasticSearch. delete by id, delete by name, delete by matching criteria, etc.

1. Delete document in Elasticsearch

You can delete using cURL or any rest client that open source enthusiasts have created for Elasticsearch.

By end of this post, you can learn following:

  • how to delete elastic document doc id by using cURL?
  • how to delete type of elastic by using cURL?
  • how to delete document by matching query using cURL?
  • how to delete document by documentID using Rest Client?

2. Delete Document by doc id using cURL

Format of curl query as follows:

curl -XDELETE localhost:9200/index/type/documentID

for example:

curl -XDELETE localhost:9200/location/restro/1

Note: here , after port number (9200) , location string which is index name of elastic and restro is type, which comes under index name “location”. and “1” is the documentId all are in path parameter

You get reply from curl output as to whether this was successful or not.

3. Delete delete document in Elasticsearch by CURL

Delete by type by leaving documentID in the url.

curl -XDELETE localhost:9200/location/restro


4. Delete Document by Matching Query Using CURL

You can delete by query with a match all , for example , here “location” is indexName and type name

curl -XDELETE 'http://localhost:9200/location/restro/_query' -d '{
    "query" : { 
        "match_all" : {}

5. Delete document by documentId Using Rest Client

Service Input

  1. Service URL: http://localhost:9200/myindex/mytype/AVc7yauYQTyMXgOVj2NC
  2. Http method : Delete
  3. Content-Type: application/json

Service Output

"acknowledged": true

Once deleted and you are trying to delete again, you should get error similar as follows:

            "reason":"no such index",
      "reason":"no such index",

6. Reference

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