Recipe: Delete a Synced Realm from ROS 2.x

Author: Eric Maxwell
Language: REST
Date: November 9, 2017

As you’re developing with the Realm Platform, there may be a time when you want to completely remove a Realm database from your Realm Object Server. This is very easy to do. All it takes is a simple REST call.

Pre-heat your oven

Before deleting the Realm from ROS, make sure that any / all clients (iOS, Android, Js, etc.) has already deleted the app or database locally. If this is not done, they will try to upload their copy of the database - which might have been replaced in the meantime.

Start Baking!

You can delete a Realm in the Realm Object Server by making an HTTP DELETE in the form of http[s]://IP:PORT/realms/files/:realmPath with realmPath being the path to the realm such as /<userId>/myRealm which is URI encoded.

So for example

Let’s say I had a database at the path (in a locally running ROS instance)


An admin token of


I could delete that database using that token by making an HTTP DELETE call to
## Note the encoded slash in the database path $userId%2Fdatabase

Full example using wget

Erics-MacBook-Pro:~ ericmaxwell$ wget --method DELETE --header 'Authorization: eyJhcHBfaWQiOiJpby5yZWFsbS5hdXRoIiwiaWRlbnRpdHkiOiJfX2FkbWluIiwiYWNjZXNzIjpbImRvd25sb2FkIiwidXBsb2FkIiwibWFuYWdlIl0sInNhbHQiOiI1MjYyNTUyMyJ9:ii1TmI40IE4pI2NO7xR/ZDLjq9ufKoRSKf+9yH3RALe+r9hpJxha2f8WBe8TmJgvNwBSlaIfCaH1nK19xirrv8BM9DLfowI25AaK+IXj0ylXD4tqsCpo4UkAagbgWCc/zKpj9YGzQJV22JYKtv5Q7Tdg9GVWev5dWQi/m+JY7tArYaaH46sxOYFsEHKxJ+Oi/KXXZu4KhzcssWf5n4bbgHDICl/CA9gX97r3DxPrn0AVlqKDcVZbAqlEIQhzzgrsoMlhUa9KaTxiXVvAIkS8X0axDtHMAwndNhcKnfJIK7wOg43tbsqcoVQQUoO4X/voDb+FZWnlNNl5mvRnvSDKhw=='


--2017-11-08 09:17:29--

Connecting to connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 2 [application/json]
Saving to: ‘8ec309f8cdbc42e8583d427f0ef91f81%2Feventblank’

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