Rclone Delete file through API

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Leverage operations/deletefile API.

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone v1.65.2

  • os/version: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 10.0.22631.3155 (x86_64)
  • os/type: windows
  • os/arch: amd64
  • go/version: go1.21.6
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: cmount

Are you on the latest version of rclone? You can validate by checking the version listed here: Rclone downloads

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)


The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

Using http://<rclone base url>/operations/deletefile with Basic authorization and JSON body of 
{"fs": "<rclone remote URL>/<folder>/<file>.txt"}

Output of the Postman call. The idea is to delete a single file within a directory through API.

"error": "Didn't find key "remote" in input",
"input": {
"fs": "//.txt"
"path": "operations/deletefile",
"status": 400


  1. operations/delete - which deletes the directories, is working fine though in API
  2. operarions/deletefile works fine in CLI (using rclone deletefile) but yields above error in API.

You are not providing correct parameters. Check docs:

operations/deletefile: Remove the single file pointed to

This takes the following parameters:

fs - a remote name string e.g. "drive:"
remote - a path within that remote e.g. "dir"

Example usage:

$ rclone tree myremote:
└── testdir
    └── test.txt

Using CLI:

$ rclone deletefile myremote:testdir/test.txt

Using RC (rclone rcd --rc-addr --rc-no-auth):

$ curl -X POST ''

Thanks! I was passing them as JSON body and now changed them to querystring and it works fine. Appreciate your help.

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