mc rb


The mc rb command removes one or more buckets on MinIO or another S3-compatible service.

To remove only the contents of a bucket, use mc rm instead.


mc rb permanently deletes bucket(s) on the target deployment, including any and all object versions and bucket configurations such as lifecycle management or replication.

You can also use mc rb against the local filesystem to produce similar results to the rm --rf commandline tool.

The following command removes the mydata bucket on the myminio MinIO deployment:

mc rb --force myminio/mydata

The command has the following syntax:

mc [GLOBALFLAGS] rb             \
                 --force        \
                 [--dangerous]  \
                 ALIAS [ALIAS...]
  • Brackets [] indicate optional parameters.

  • Parameters sharing a line are mutually dependent.

  • Parameters separated using the pipe | operator are mutually exclusive.

Copy the example to a text editor and modify as-needed before running the command in the terminal/shell.



Required The alias of a MinIO or other S3-compatible service and the full path to the bucket to remove. For example:

mc rb --force myminio/mydata

Omit the bucket path to perform a site-wide removal of buckets on the MinIO deployment. This operation requires specifying --dangerous to explicitly acknowledge the permanent removal of all data on the deployment. For example:

mc rb --force --dangerous myminio

For removing a directory and its contents on a local filesystem, specify the full path to that directory. The --force flag is ignored if specified. For example:

mc rb ~/data/myolddata

You can specify multiple ALIAS targets consisting of either MinIO or local filesystem directories. The command attempts to remove all specified targets. For example:

mc rb --force myminio/mydata ~/data/myolddata

Required Safety flag to confirm removal of the bucket contents.


Optional Directs mc rb to perform a site-wide removal of all buckets on each specified ALIAS (e.g. myminio/).

If any ALIAS specifies a filesystem directory, this option results in the removal of all subdirectories and files at that directory path similar to rm --rf.


Running mc rb --dangerous is irreversible. Exercise all possible due diligence in ensuring the command applies to only the desired ALIAS targets prior to execution.

Global Flags

This command supports any of the global flags.


Remove a Bucket

mc rb --force ALIAS/PATH
  • Replace ALIAS with the alias of a configured S3-compatible host.

  • Replace PATH with the path to the bucket to remove.


S3 Compatibility

The mc commandline tool is built for compatibility with the AWS S3 API and is tested with MinIO and AWS S3 for expected functionality and behavior.

MinIO provides no guarantees for other S3-compatible services, as their S3 API implementation is unknown and therefore unsupported. While mc commands may work as documented, any such usage is at your own risk.