doctl compute droplet delete xyz when there are <>1 droplets with the name xyz

I need to delete all droplets with the name xyz. However when I run:

doctl compute droplet delete xyz -f

However this only works if there is exactly one droplet with the name xyz.

If there are >1 droplets I get:

Error: There are 2 Droplets with the name "xyz"; please provide a specific Droplet ID. [1111111, 9999999]

If there are 0 droplets I get:

Error: Droplet with the name "xyz" could not be found.

The problem is that I don’t know how many droplets have the name xyz when my script is run.

I tried:

doctl compute droplet delete xyz -f --all

But the --all flag does not exist. What would you recommend if I want to delete all droplets (I want this to work if there are 0, 1, 2, … n droplets, not just if there is exactly one droplet)

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Bobby Iliev
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April 3, 2024
Accepted Answer

Hello Albert,

Indeed, as the --all flag doesn’t exist for the doctl compute droplet delete command, you can achieve your goal by combining a few commands. You can list all Droplets, filter those with the name ‘xyz’, extract their IDs, and then delete each one. Here’s how you can do it in a shell script or command line:

doctl compute droplet list --format "ID,Name" --no-header | grep " xyz" | awk '{print $1}' | xargs -I {} doctl compute droplet delete {} -f

This command sequence does the following:

  • Lists all Droplets, outputting only their ID and Name without headers.
  • Filters the list to include only those with the name ‘xyz’.
  • Extracts the IDs of these Droplets.
  • Passes each ID to doctl compute droplet delete to delete the Droplets without confirmation prompts.

Note that this is a destructive action so make sure to test this script with caution, especially when using -f to force deletion without confirmation. You can for example only run the first part to view the IDs that will be passed to the delete command:

doctl compute droplet list --format "ID,Name" --no-header | grep " xyz" | awk '{print $1}'

Regarding your suggestion to have a more straightforward way to handle this, I recommend submitting a feature request to the doctl GitHub repository. You can propose the addition of an --all flag or a similar feature that allows users to delete multiple droplets by name more seamlessly. Here’s the link to create a new issue: Submit a Feature Request to doctl.

If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!



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