[ aws . iam ]



Deletes the specified IAM user. Unlike the Amazon Web Services 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>]


--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.

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal’s quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

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.