rpk security acl delete

Delete ACLs.

See the rpk security acl help text for a full write up on ACLs. Delete flags work in a similar multiplying effect as creating ACLs, but delete is more advanced: deletion works on a filter basis. Any unspecified flag defaults to matching everything (all operations, or all allowed principals, etc). To ensure that you do not accidentally delete more than you intend, this command prints everything that matches your input filters and prompts for a confirmation before the delete request is issued. Anything matching more than 10 ACLs doubly confirms.

As mentioned, not specifying flags matches everything. If no resources are specified, all resources are matched. If no operations are specified, all operations are matched. You can also opt in to matching everything with "any": --operation any matches any operation.

The --resource-pattern-type, defaulting to "any", configures how to filter resource names:

  • "any" returns exact name matches of either prefixed or literal pattern type

  • "match" returns wildcard matches, prefix patterns that match your input, and literal matches

  • "prefix" returns prefix patterns that match your input (prefix "fo" matches "foo")

  • "literal" returns exact name matches


Delete all permissions to user bar on topic foo and group g:

rpk security acl delete --allow-principal bar --operation all --topic foo --group g

In a scenario that 2 ACLs were created for the same role (red-role), 1 that allows access to topic foo, 1 that deny access to topic bar:

rpk security acl create --topic foo --operation all --allow-role red-role
rpk security acl create --topic bar --operation all --deny-role red-role

It’s possible to delete one of the roles:

rpk security acl delete --topic foo --operation all --allow-role red-role


rpk security acl delete [flags]


Value Type Description



Allowed host ACLs to remove (repeatable).



Allowed principal ACLs to remove (repeatable).



Allowed role to remove this ACL from (repeatable).



Whether to remove ACLs to the cluster.



Denied host ACLs to remove (repeatable).



Denied principal ACLs to remove (repeatable).



Denied role for ACLs to remove (repeatable).

-d, --dry


Dry run: validate what would be deleted.



Group to remove ACLs for (repeatable).

-h, --help


Help for delete.



Disable confirmation prompt.



Operation to remove (repeatable).

-f, --print-filters


Print the filters that were requested (failed filters are always printed).



Pattern to use when matching resource names (any, match, literal, or prefixed) (default "any").



Topic to remove ACLs for (repeatable).



Transactional IDs to remove ACLs for (repeatable).



Redpanda or rpk config file; default search paths are /var/lib/redpanda/.config/rpk/rpk.yaml, $PWD/redpanda.yaml, and /etc/redpanda/redpanda.yaml.

-X, --config-opt


Override rpk configuration settings. See rpk -X or execute rpk -X help for inline detail or rpk -X list for terser detail.



Profile to use. See rpk profile for more details.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging.