Deletes a message that has been consumed.

Name Value
API DeleteMessage
Action mns:DeleteMessage
Resource acs:mns:$region:$accountid:/queues/$queueName/messages


You can call this operation to delete a message that has been consumed. You must use the receipt handle to identify the message. The receipt handle was returned after the message was last consumed. You can delete the message only before the time that is specified by the NextVisibleTime parameter. After the specified time, the message changes to the Active state and the receipt handle expires. To delete the message, you must retrieve a new receipt handle after the message is consumed again.


Each request consists of the following parts:

  • Request line

    DELETE /queues/$queueName/messages? ReceiptHandle=<receiptHandle> HTTP/1.1

  • Operation-specific URI parameter

    Parameter Description Required
    ReceiptHandle The receipt handle that was returned when the message was last consumed. For more information, see ReceiveMessage. Yes
  • Operation-specific request headers


  • Request Body



Each response consists of the following parts:

  • HTTP Status Code

    HTTP/1.1 204 No Content

  • Operation-specific response headers


  • Response Body



Sample requests

DELETE  /queues/$queueName/messages? ReceiptHandle=MbZj6wDWli+QEauMZc8ZRv37sIW2iJKq3M9Mx/KSbkJ0 HTTP/1.1
Host: $
Date: Wed, 28 May 2012 22:32:00 GMT
x-mns-version: 2015-06-06
Authorization: MNS 15B4D3461F177624206A:xQE0diMbLRepdf3YB+FIEXA****           

Sample success responses

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content
x-mns-version: 2015-06-06           

Special Error

Error code Error message HTTP status code
QueueNotExist The queue name you provided is not exist. 404
InvalidArgument The value of Element should between Low and High seconds/bytes. 400
ReceiptHandleError The receipt handle you provide is not valid. 400