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Deletes a data encryption key with the specified UUID from the key vault associated to the database connection.

deleteKey() has the following syntax:

keyVault = db.getMongo().getKeyVault()
keyVault.deleteKey(UUID("<UUID String>"))

The UUID is a BSON binary data object with subtype 4.

Returns:A document indicating the number of deleted keys.

The mongosh client-side field level encryption methods require a database connection with client-side field level encryption enabled. If the current database connection was not initiated with client-side field level encryption enabled, either:

The following example is intended for rapid evaluation of client-side field level encryption. For specific examples of using KeyVault.deleteKey() with each supported KMS provider, see Delete a Data Encryption Key.


Start the mongosh client.

mongosh --nodb

To configure client-side field level encryption for a locally managed key, generate a base64-encoded 96-byte string with no line breaks.

const TEST_LOCAL_KEY = require("crypto").randomBytes(96).toString("base64")

Create the client-side field level encryption options using the generated local key string:

var autoEncryptionOpts = {
"keyVaultNamespace" : "encryption.__dataKeys",
"kmsProviders" : {
"local" : {
"key" : BinData(0, TEST_LOCAL_KEY)

Use the Mongo() constructor with the client-side field level encryption options configured to create a database connection. Replace the mongodb:// URI with the connection string URI of the target cluster.

encryptedClient = Mongo(

Retrieve the KeyVault object and use the KeyVault.deleteKey() method to delete the data encryption key with matching UUID:

keyVault = encryptedClient.getKeyVault()

If successful, deleteKey() returns output similar to the following:

{ "acknowledged" : true, "deletedCount" : 1 }


See also:

← KeyVault.createDataKey()

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