Delete bucket type

Nguyen, Kyle kyle.nguyen at
Wed Sep 28 12:59:36 EDT 2016

Thank you for your quick reply, Magnus! We’re considering using bucket type to support multi-tenancy in our system. Hence, all objects stored within the namespace of the bucket type and bucket type need to be removed once the client has decided to opt-out.



From: Magnus Kessler [mailto:mkessler at]
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 2:13 AM
To: Nguyen, Kyle
Cc: Riak Users
Subject: Re: Delete bucket type

On 27 September 2016 at 20:50, Nguyen, Kyle <kyle.nguyen at<mailto:kyle.nguyen at>> wrote:
Hi all,

Is deleting bucket type possible in version 2.1.4? If not, is there any workaround or available script/code that we can do this in a production environment without too much performance impact?



Hi Kyle,

There is currently no option to delete bucket types once they have been created. Are you trying to delete a bucket type and any objects stored within the namespace of the bucket type, or just remove a previously configured bucket type?

In Riak, bucket types have very little operational overhead. They get stored in the cluster meta data and take up a small amount of disk space there. Bucket types are not gossiped around the ring on a regular basis, though, and therefore have not got the negative impact a large number of custom buckets would have. With Riak-2.x we generally recommend storing any configuration in bucket types, rather than creating custom buckets, even if there is only one bucket using that specific configuration.

Kind Regards,


Magnus Kessler
Client Services Engineer
Basho Technologies Limited

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