Resource purge

Resource purge

The Networking service provides a purge mechanism to delete the following network resources for a project:

  • Networks
  • Subnets
  • Ports
  • Router interfaces
  • Routers
  • Floating IP addresses
  • Security groups

Typically, one uses this mechanism to delete networking resources for a defunct project regardless of its existence in the Identity service.


  1. Source the necessary project credentials. The administrative project can delete resources for all other projects. A regular project can delete its own network resources and those belonging to other projects for which it has sufficient access.

  2. Delete the network resources for a particular project.

    $ neutron purge PROJECT_ID

    Replace PROJECT_ID with the project ID.

The command provides output that includes a completion percentage and the quantity of successful or unsuccessful network resource deletions. An unsuccessful deletion usually indicates sharing of a resource with one or more additional projects.

Purging resources: 100% complete.
Deleted 1 security_group, 2 ports, 1 router, 1 floatingip, 2 networks.
The following resources could not be deleted: 1 network.

The command also indicates if a project lacks network resources.

Tenant has no supported resources.
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