barman-cloud-backup-delete - Man Page

Delete backups stored in the Cloud


barman-cloud-backup-delete [Options] SOURCE_URL SERVER_NAME


This script can be used to delete backups previously made with the barman-cloud-backup command. Currently AWS S3, Azure Blob Storage and Google Cloud Storage are supported.

The target backups can be specified either using the backup ID (as returned by barman-cloud-backup-list) or by retention policy. Retention policies are the same as those for Barman server and work as described in the Barman manual: all backups not required to meet the specified policy will be deleted.

When a backup is successfully deleted any unused WALs associated with that backup are removed. WALs are only considered unused if:

  1. There are no older backups than the deleted backup or all older backups are archival backups.
  2. The WALs pre-date the begin_wal value of the oldest remaining backup.
  3. The WALs are not required by any archival backups present in cloud storage.

Note: The deletion of each backup involves three separate delete requests to the cloud provider (once for the backup files, once for the file and once for any associated WALs). If you have a significant number of backups accumulated in cloud storage then deleting by retention policy could result in a large number of delete requests.

This script and Barman are administration tools for disaster recovery of PostgreSQL servers written in Python and maintained by EnterpriseDB.

Positional Arguments


URL of the cloud source, such as a bucket in AWS S3. For example: s3://BUCKET_NAME/path/to/folder (where BUCKET_NAME is the bucket you have created in AWS).


the name of the server as configured in Barman.


-h, –help

show a help message and exit

-V, –version

show program's version number and exit

-v, –verbose

increase output verbosity (e.g., -vv is more than -v)

-q, –quiet

decrease output verbosity (e.g., -qq is less than -q)

-t, –test

test connectivity to the cloud destination and exit

-b BACKUP_ID, –backup-id BACKUP_ID

a valid Backup ID for a backup in cloud storage which is to be deleted


used instead of –backup-id, a retention policy for selecting the backups to be deleted, e.g. “REDUNDANCY 3” or “RECOVERY WINDOW OF 2 WEEKS”


run without actually deleting any objects while printing information about the objects which would be deleted to stdout

–cloud-provider {aws-s3,azure-blob-storage,google-cloud-storage}

the cloud provider to which the backup should be uploaded

-P, –profile

profile name (e.g. INI section in AWS credentials file)


override the default S3 URL construction mechanism by specifying an endpoint.

–credential {azure-cli,managed-identity}

optionally specify the type of credential to use when authenticating with Azure Blob Storage. If omitted then the credential will be obtained from the environment. If no credentials can be found in the environment then the default Azure authentication flow will be used.


For Boto:

For AWS:

For Azure Blob Storage:

For Google Cloud Storage: * Credentials:

Only authentication with GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS env is supported at the moment.


If using --cloud-provider=aws-s3:

If using --cloud-provider=azure-blob-storage:

If using --cloud-provider=google-cloud-storage * google-cloud-storage

Exit Status




The delete operation was not successful


The connection to the cloud provider failed


There was an error in the command input

Other non-zero codes



Barman has been extensively tested, and is currently being used in several production environments. However, we cannot exclude the presence of bugs.

Any bug can be reported via the Github issue tracker.



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June 27, 2022 Barman User manuals Version 3.0.1