rpk topic delete

Delete topics.

This command deletes all requested topics, printing the success or fail status per topic.

The --regex or -r flag opts into parsing the input topics as regular expressions and deleting any non-internal topic that matches any of expressions. The input expressions are wrapped with ^ and $ so that the expression must match the whole topic name (which also prevents accidental delete-everything mistakes).

The topic list command accepts the same input regex format as this delete command. If you want to check what your regular expressions will delete before actually deleting them, you can check the output of rpk topic list -r.


Deletes topics foo and bar:

rpk topic  delete foo bar

Deletes any topic starting with f and any topics ending in r:

rpk topic  delete -r '^f.*' '.*r$'

Deletes all topics:

rpk topic  delete -r '.*'

Deletes any one-character topics:


rpk topic delete [TOPICS...] [flags]


Value Type Description

-h, --help


Help for delete.

-r, --regex


Parse topics as regex; delete any topic that matches any input topic expression.



Comma-separated list of broker <ip>:<port> pairs (for example, ` --brokers ',,' ` ). Alternatively, you may set the REDPANDA_BROKERS environment variable with the comma-separated list of broker addresses.



Redpanda config file, if not set the file will be searched for in the default locations.



SASL password to be used for authentication.



The authentication mechanism to use. Supported values: SCRAM-SHA-256, SCRAM-SHA-512.



The certificate to be used for TLS authentication with the broker.



Enable TLS for the Kafka API (not necessary if specifying custom certs).



The certificate key to be used for TLS authentication with the broker.



The truststore to be used for TLS communication with the broker.



SASL user to be used for authentication.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging (default false).