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am trying to do a simple operation "Delete file from document library using CSOM" As i have only the Relative path http://hostname/subsite/subsite/doclibname/sample.docx

I used below code to get the File object and then delete it.

Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File file = clientContext.Web.GetFileByServerRelativeUrl(relativePath);                    
clientContext.Load(file);
file.DeleteObject();
clientContext.ExecuteQuery();

The code executes without errors. However the file doesn't get deleted.

Googled for it. Getting solutions of using LibraryName. However in real scenario i won't be getting the document library name. I will be just getting URL.

Kindly advise.

  • It seems issue of the file path only. What is the full path you are passing in "relativePath" variable ? Try accessing "file.Name" after loading file, to verify that you are able to load the file using URL. Yashesh Nagori – Yashesh Nagori Mar 20 '18 at 9:32
  • Hi Yahesh, Thank you for your reply. I added "ClientContext.ExecuteQuery();" line after Load() and checked for File.Name it is showing File name. The value for "relativePath" is "Departments/IT/testdoclib/sample.docx" Kindly advise – shoab Mar 20 '18 at 10:15
  • Note: If the file does not exist, the Delete method silently fails and does not throw a FileNotFoundException So try and load: .Load(file, f => f.Exists); and check the property after execute – Anders Aune Mar 20 '18 at 11:22
  • Hi Andres, i checked in the document library itself. It is there as it is. – shoab Mar 20 '18 at 11:31
  • No... You are supposed to check in CSOM if you can access the file before deleting it, not the UI – Heiko Hatzfeld_MSFT Mar 20 '18 at 12:56
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Please use relative path as: "/subsite/subsite/doclibname/sample.docx".

Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File file = clientContext.Web.GetFileByServerRelativeUrl("/subsite/subsite/doclibname/sample.docx");

You are passing absolute path and trying to get file using relative one.

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