[ aws . iam ]



Deletes the specified IAM user. Unlike the AWS Management Console, when you delete a user programmatically, you must delete the items attached to the user manually, or the deletion fails. For more information, see Deleting an IAM User . Before attempting to delete a user, remove the following items:

  • Password ( DeleteLoginProfile )

  • Access keys ( DeleteAccessKey )

  • Signing certificate ( DeleteSigningCertificate )

  • SSH public key ( DeleteSSHPublicKey )

  • Git credentials ( DeleteServiceSpecificCredential )

  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) device ( DeactivateMFADevice , DeleteVirtualMFADevice )

  • Inline policies ( DeleteUserPolicy )

  • Attached managed policies ( DetachUserPolicy )

  • Group memberships ( RemoveUserFromGroup )

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


--user-name <value>
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--user-name (string)

The name of the user to delete.

This parameter allows (through its regex pattern ) a string of characters consisting of upper and lowercase alphanumeric characters with no spaces. You can also include any of the following characters: _+=,.@-

--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml (string) Reads arguments from the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, those values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally. This may not be specified along with --cli-input-yaml.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. Similarly, if provided yaml-input it will print a sample input YAML that can be used with --cli-input-yaml. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean) Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


To delete an IAM user

The following delete-user command removes the IAM user named Bob from the current account:

aws iam delete-user --user-name Bob

For more information, see Deleting a User from Your AWS Account in the Using IAM guide.