AWS Secrets Manager

2018/08/08 - AWS Secrets Manager - 1 updated api methods

Changes  This release introduces a ForceDeleteWithoutRecovery parameter to the DeleteSecret API enabling customers to force the deletion of a secret without any recovery window

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{'ForceDeleteWithoutRecovery': 'boolean'}

Deletes an entire secret and all of its versions. You can optionally include a recovery window during which you can restore the secret. If you don't specify a recovery window value, the operation defaults to 30 days. Secrets Manager attaches a DeletionDate stamp to the secret that specifies the end of the recovery window. At the end of the recovery window, Secrets Manager deletes the secret permanently.

At any time before recovery window ends, you can use RestoreSecret to remove the DeletionDate and cancel the deletion of the secret.

You cannot access the encrypted secret information in any secret that is scheduled for deletion. If you need to access that information, you must cancel the deletion with RestoreSecret and then retrieve the information.


  • There is no explicit operation to delete a version of a secret. Instead, remove all staging labels from the VersionStage field of a version. That marks the version as deprecated and allows Secrets Manager to delete it as needed. Versions that do not have any staging labels do not show up in ListSecretVersionIds unless you specify IncludeDeprecated .

  • The permanent secret deletion at the end of the waiting period is performed as a background task with low priority. There is no guarantee of a specific time after the recovery window for the actual delete operation to occur.

Minimum permissions

To run this command, you must have the following permissions:

  • secretsmanager:DeleteSecret

Related operations

  • To create a secret, use CreateSecret .

  • To cancel deletion of a version of a secret before the recovery window has expired, use RestoreSecret .

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

type SecretId


param SecretId


Specifies the secret that you want to delete. You can specify either the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) or the friendly name of the secret.

type RecoveryWindowInDays


param RecoveryWindowInDays

(Optional) Specifies the number of days that Secrets Manager waits before it can delete the secret.

This value can range from 7 to 30 days. The default value is 30.

type ForceDeleteWithoutRecovery


param ForceDeleteWithoutRecovery

(Optional) Specifies that the secret is to be deleted immediately without any recovery window. You cannot use both this parameter and the RecoveryWindowInDays parameter in the same API call.

An asynchronous background process performs the actual deletion, so there can be a short delay before the operation completes. If you write code to delete and then immediately recreate a secret with the same name, ensure that your code includes appropriate back off and retry logic.


Use this parameter with caution. This parameter causes the operation to skip the normal waiting period before the permanent deletion that AWS would normally impose with the RecoveryWindowInDays parameter. If you delete a secret with the ForceDeleteWithouRecovery parameter, then you have no opportunity to recover the secret. It is permanently lost.




Response Syntax

    'ARN': 'string',
    'Name': 'string',
    'DeletionDate': datetime(2015, 1, 1)

Response Structure

  • (dict) --

    • ARN (string) --

      The ARN of the secret that is now scheduled for deletion.

    • Name (string) --

      The friendly name of the secret that is now scheduled for deletion.

    • DeletionDate (datetime) --

      The date and time after which this secret can be deleted by Secrets Manager and can no longer be restored. This value is the date and time of the delete request plus the number of days specified in RecoveryWindowInDays .