Delete Version (Data Management)


Deletes the specified version from the input enterprise, workgroup, or desktop geodatabase.


  • Only the version's owner can delete the version.

  • A parent version cannot be deleted until all dependent child versions are deleted.

  • Versions are not affected by changes occurring in other versions of the geodatabase.

  • Versioning tools only work with enterprise, workgroup, and desktop geodatabase data. Personal and file geodatabases do not support versioning.

  • This tool supports deleting a branch version through the version service.


DeleteVersion(in_workspace, version_name)
ParameterExplanationData Type

Specifies the database connection file to the enterprise, workgroup, or desktop geodatabase containing the version to be deleted. The default is to use the workspace defined in the Current Workspace environment.

For branch versioning, you can use a feature service URL (that is, https://mysite.mydomain/server/rest/services/ElectricNetwork/FeatureServer) or a feature layer portal item. You can also delete a branch version via a database connection file (connected to a branch versioned workspace) when connected as the geodatabase admin user (sde).


Specifies the name of the version to be deleted.

For branch versioning, the name of the branch version to delete should be fully qualified. E.g. servicename.portaluser.versionname.


Derived Output

NameExplanationData Type

The updated input workspace.


Code sample

DeleteVersion example (stand-alone script)

The following stand-alone script demonstrates how use the DeleteVersion tool to delete a version.

# Description: Deletes a version

# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set local variables
inWorkspace = "c:/Connections/whistler@gdb.sde"
versionName = "myVersion2"

# Execute DeleteVersion
arcpy.DeleteVersion_management(inWorkspace, versionName)


Licensing information

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  • Standard: Yes
  • Advanced: Yes

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