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Delete a child database from the current database.


fauna delete-database DBNAME [OPTIONS]


The delete-database command deletes a child database. If you don’t pass any options at the command line, Fauna uses the default options in the fauna-shell configuration file.

This command deletes the database and all of its contents.

It is not possible to use this command to delete a parent or peer database. To delete a database outside of the current database, use the Fauna Dashboard.


Argument Description


The name of the database to delete.


Option Description


Optional Fauna server domain, that is, the hostname where Fauna is running. Defaults to db.fauna.com.


Optional name of the endpoint to use for the command.


Optional connection port. Defaults to 8443.


Optional connection scheme. Must be one of https or http. Defaults to https.


Optional secret to use. A secret authenticates your connection to Fauna, and connects you to a database.


Optional connection timeout, an integer number of milliseconds. When the interval has elapsed, fauna-shell stops waiting for a response and displays an error.

The default is zero, which means that fauna-shell waits until a response is received.


Assume that the current database has only one child database, my-test-db. To delete it, run:

$ fauna delete-database my-test-db
deleting database 'my-test-db'
database 'my-test-db' deleted

To verify that the database is deleted, run fauna shell and query the list of child databases and note that there are now none:

Connected to https://db.fauna.com:443
Type Ctrl+D or .exit to exit the shell
> Database.all()
  data: [
      name: "production",
      coll: Database,
      ts: Time("2023-08-21T23:28:56.840Z"),
      global_id: "ywz5gew1syrre"
      name: "internal",
      coll: Database,
      ts: Time("2023-08-21T23:28:56.840Z"),
      global_id: "ywz5gew1syyre"

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