delConfig deletes DataPower objects. Similar to export, it uses regular expression patterns, which match class names and object names, to determine what to delete.

It is often desirable to delete all objects related to a particular DataPower service, e.g., when deleting a Web services proxy, it may be necessary to delete the policy and the rules used by the proxy. You can accomplish this by deleting all objects prefixed with the name of the service (e.g., “testService.*”, as this is the naming convention used by DataPower when creating services. In case there are dependencies between objects (e.g., a rule might be referenced by a policy and so the policy can be deleted only after the rule is deleted), delConfig will attempt to run the delete request multiple times until all matching objects are deleted.

It has been noticed that some versions of DataPower firmware have a bug causing DataPower to reference a non-existing parent object. This may prevent delConfig from deleting dependendent objects. To suppress the “object can’t be deleted because it’s referenced by another object” error, run delConfig with quiet set to “true”.

Run this command in the “dry-run” mode first to see what objects will be deleted, to avoid deleting items by accident.

You can specify objects to delete using classPattern/namePattern attributes and/or using the nested object element.


Attribute Description Required
objects Comma-delimited list of regexp patterns to delete in the format “class:name, class:name”. Class and name could be optional, e.g., “class, class” or “:name”. No
exclude Comma-delimited list of regexp patterns to exclude from deletion in the format “class:name, class:name”. No
classPattern Regular expression defining what classes (types) are to be deleted. No
namePattern Regular expression defining object names to be deleted. No

If set to true, do not fail in case of deletion errors, e.g., if no matching object is found.

Defaults to false, meaning that if any of the nested object elements did not result in a match, an exception will be thrown.


If set to true, do not delete anything, just print the matched objects.

Defaults to false.

CLI alias: domains

Comma-delimited list of regular expression patterns defining what domains to apply the command to. Use ‘.*’ for all domains except the default. Use ‘.*,default’ to include the default domain.

Defaults to the current domain. The current domain is specified using the dpDomain property or domain attribute of the task.


object Nested Element

Attribute Description Required
class Regular expression defining what classes (types) to be deleted. Yes, unless name was provided.
name Regular expression defining object names to be deleted. Yes, unless class was provided.


This example deletes the Web services proxies with the name starting with “test”. If no such proxy exists, the task will complete successfully because of the “quiet” setting.

dpbuddy delConfig -quiet -objects "WSGateway:test.*"
<dp:delConfig quiet="true" dryRun="true" objects="WSGateway:test.*" />

You can find more examples under samples in your distribution or online.