Delete a Machine Image



Deletes the specified machine image. No response is returned. When you no longer need a machine image that you've registered in Compute Classic, you can delete the image.

You can't delete system-provided machine images that are available in the /oracle/public container.


If you delete a machine image that's used in an orchestration, then when that orchestration is stopped and re-started, the instances won't be created.

Deleting an image removes the image from your Compute Classic account. However, the image file in your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic account is not deleted. You can register this image in your Compute Classic account again later, if required. You'll only need to remember the name of the .tar.gz image file that is available in your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic account. For instructions to permanently remove a machine image file from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic, see the Deleting Machine Image Files from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic tutorial


  • Ensure that the machine image you want to delete isn't used in any orchestration.
  • Ensure that you have selected a replication policy for your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic instance. See Selecting a Replication Policy for Your Service Instance in Using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic.

Required Role: To complete this task, you must have the Compute_Operations role. If this role isn't assigned to you or you're not sure, then ask your system administrator to ensure that the role is assigned to you in Oracle Cloud My Services. See Modifying User Roles in Managing and Monitoring Oracle Cloud.


Supported Media Types
Path Parameters
  • The three-part name of the object (/Compute-identity_domain/user/object).

Header Parameters


Supported Media Types

204 Response

No Content. See Status Codes for information about other possible HTTP status codes.


cURL Command

The following example shows how to delete a machine image, /Compute-acme/, by submitting a DELETE request on the REST resource using cURL. For more information about cURL, see Use cURL.

Enter the command on a single line. Line breaks are used in this example for readability.

curl -i -X DELETE
     -H "Cookie: $COMPUTE_COOKIE"
  • COMPUTE_COOKIE is the name of the variable in which you stored the authentication cookie earlier. For information about retrieving the authentication cookie and storing it in a variable, see Authentication.

  • is an example REST endpoint URL. Change this value to the REST endpoint URL of your Compute Classic site. For information about finding out REST endpoint URL for your site, see Send Requests.

  • acme and are example values. Replace acme with the identity domain ID of your Compute Classic account, and with your user name.

No response is returned for this request.