I am trying to delete a list that contains documents using the SharePoint 2010 CSOM and am using the following code:

//find the 'Project Documents' library and delete it
var list = context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle("Project Documents");


But I always get the exception "This list cannot be deleted". The list is empty, but still I am not able to delete it. What am I doing wrong?


I think we have to load the web object first, before you retrieve any lists from it.

Follow the example from MSDN (paraphrased) :

function deleteList(siteUrl) {
    var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext(siteUrl);
    var oWebsite = clientContext.get_web();
    this.listTitle = 'Project Documents';

    this.oList = oWebsite.get_lists().getByTitle(listTitle);

        Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQuerySucceeded), 
        Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQueryFailed)

function onQuerySucceeded() {
    var result = listTitle + ' deleted.';

function onQueryFailed(sender, args) {
    alert('Request failed. ' + args.get_message() + 
        '\n' + args.get_stackTrace());
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    Isn't that the same as what I'm doing above in C#? I have the context loaded, and I can access the Web using context.Web and then just grab the list using .GetByTitle("Project Documents"). I'm not sure how the .js above is loading anything any different. I don't have the ability to call .GetLists, but instead just grab the list by title. – awh112 Jan 16 '15 at 20:16
  • So, I have found that if I go into PowerShell and do $list.AllowDeletion = $True, I can do it. Apparently when I created the lists programmatically I didn't set that field and it doesn't allow me to delete unless I change that. – awh112 Jan 16 '15 at 20:20
  • List deletions are set to true for SharePoint generated lists, such as for publishing, workflow, BI features, etc. Thanks for sharing! – Mike Jan 16 '15 at 20:28

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