Removing an index

Removing an index will delete all its data and configuration files. You cannot bring back a deleted index.

You can remove an index in FlexSearch in two ways:

  1. Using one of the FlexSearch clients (C#, TypeScript or JavaScript)
  2. By submitting the HTTP request yourself (using a tool like Fiddler, for example)

For demonstration purposes, let’s asume we already have an index named contact.

You might also consider just closing an index, as oposed to deleting it. By closing an index you keep all the data, but the index cannot be changed or searched in any way. See closing an index sample. You can reopen that index at any time.

Removing an index using the C# client

First you need to get hold of an API that has the DeleteIndex web service method. You can use either the CommonApi or the IndicesApi:

var indicesApi = new IndicesApi("http://localhost:9800");

Now we can call the DeleteIndex method, supplying the name of the index as a parameter. The response doesn’t contain any data, it just contains the Error part.

var response = indicesApi.DeleteIndex("contact");

// This method doesn't return any significant data. It just reports any errors.
if (response.Error?.Message != null)

Removing an index by writing the HTTP request ourselves

Please have a look at the REST documentation for Index Management APIs.