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How to delete whole page tree with Rest API

How to delete all 2500 pages having their common ancestor id using rest api?

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DPK J Community Leader Jan 16, 2020

@WojciechThis is going to be a multi step process,

  1. Fetch ID of ancestor page
  2. From above API you will get ANCESTOR_ID, now you will need to search for all children on this ancestor, for that you can use CQL based search api
    1. API reference -
    2. CQL search reference -
    3. GET <BASE_URL>/rest/api/content/search?cql=ancestor=ANCESTOR_ID
  3. Above API will give you paginated list content, and from that you can delete elements one by one
    1. API reference -
    2. DELETE <BASE_URL>/rest/api/content/{CONTENT_ID}


I hope this points you to right direction.

I was afraid I'd have to do it one by one - that can take a while...

DPK J Community Leader Jan 16, 2020

@Wojciech  Yup! this is time consuming stuff.

I have also seen this add-on popping up in various discussions/questions related to deleting page tree -

Have a look if this can help you.

It's ridiculous to pay additionally for functionality that is already there... 

My solution was to ask administrator with highest privileges to click "delete page" and "delete child pages". It took few minutes.

Seems my space privileges weren't enough for this number of subpages.
Also DELETE requests take 2-4 seconds each, so it would take a lot of time to do it that way

DPK J Community Leader Jan 20, 2020

I happy that your issue is resolved.

I know prices of some add-on which just replicate existing features are not justified at all, it just lack of effective documentation by Atlassian.

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