Deleting Plots in Python/v3

How to delete plotly graphs in python.

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Imports and Credentials

In additional to importing python's requests and json packages, this tutorial also uses Plotly's REST API

First define YOUR username and api key and create auth and headers to use with requests

In [1]:
import plotly
import plotly.plotly as py

import json
import requests
from requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth

username = 'private_plotly' # Replace with YOUR USERNAME
api_key = 'k0yy0ztssk' # Replace with YOUR API KEY

auth = HTTPBasicAuth(username, api_key)
headers = {'Plotly-Client-Platform': 'python'}, api_key=api_key)

Trash and Restore

Create a plot and return the url to see the file id which will be used to delete the plot.

In [32]:
url = py.plot({"data": [{"x": [1, 2, 3],
                         "y": [4, 2, 4]}],
               "layout": {"title": "Let's Trash This Plot<br>(then restore it)"}},
              filename='trash example')


Include the file id in your request.
The file id is your username:plot_id#

In [33]:
fid = username+':18'

The following request moves the plot from the organize folder into the trash.
Note: a successful trash request will return a Response [200].

In [34]:''+fid+'/trash', auth=auth, headers=headers)
<Response [200]>

Now if you visit the url, the plot won't be there.
However, at this point, there is the option to restore the plot (i.e. move it out of trash and back to the organize folder) with the following request:


This request CANNOT!!!!!!! be restored. Only use permanent_delete when absolutely sure the plot is no longer needed.

In [35]:
url = py.plot({"data": [{"x": [1, 2, 3],
                         "y": [3, 2, 1]}],
               "layout": {"title": "Let's Delete This Plot<br><b>FOREVER!!!!</b>"}},
              filename='PERMANENT delete ex')
In [36]:
fid_permanent_delete = username+':79'

To PERMANENTLY delete a plot, first move the plot to the trash (as seen above):

In [37]:''+fid_permanent_delete+'/trash', auth=auth, headers=headers)
<Response [200]>

Then permanent delete.
Note: a successful permanent delete request will return a Response [204] (No Content).

In [38]:
requests.delete(''+fid_permanent_delete+'/permanent_delete', auth=auth, headers=headers)
<Response [204]>

Delete All Plots and Grids PERMANENTLY!

In order to delete all plots and grids permanently, you need to delete all of your plots first, then delete all the associated grids.

In [ ]:
def get_pages(username, page_size):
    url = ''+username+'&page_size='+str(page_size)
    response = requests.get(url, auth=auth, headers=headers)
    if response.status_code != 200:
    page = json.loads(response.content)
    yield page
    while True:
        resource = page['children']['next']
        if not resource:
        response = requests.get(resource, auth=auth, headers=headers)
        if response.status_code != 200:
        page = json.loads(response.content)
        yield page

def permanently_delete_files(username, page_size=500, filetype_to_delete='plot'):
    for page in get_pages(username, page_size):
        for x in range(0, len(page['children']['results'])):
            fid = page['children']['results'][x]['fid']
            res = requests.get('' + fid, auth=auth, headers=headers)
            if res.status_code == 200:
                json_res = json.loads(res.content)
                if json_res['filetype'] == filetype_to_delete:
                    # move to trash
          ''+fid+'/trash', auth=auth, headers=headers)
                    # permanently delete
                    requests.delete(''+fid+'/permanent_delete', auth=auth, headers=headers)

permanently_delete_files(username, filetype_to_delete='plot')
permanently_delete_files(username, filetype_to_delete='grid')