DML Commands - File Staging


Removes files that have been staged (i.e. uploaded from a local file system or unloaded from a table) in one of the following Snowflake internal stages:

  • Named internal stage.

  • Stage for a specified table.

  • Stage for the current user.

Note that using the command to remove files from an external stage might work but is not officially supported.

REMOVE can be abbreviated to RM.

See also:



REMOVE internalStage [ PATTERN = '<regex_pattern>' ]


internalStage ::=
  | @[<namespace>.]%<table_name>[/<path>]
  | @~[/<path>]

Required Parameters


Specifies the location in Snowflake where files are staged:


Files are removed from the specified named internal stage.


Files are removed from the stage for the specified table.


Files are removed from the stage for the current user.


  • namespace is the database and/or schema in which the named internal stage or table resides. It is optional if a database and schema are currently in use within the session; otherwise, it is required.

  • path is an optional case-sensitive path for files in the cloud storage location (i.e. files have names that begin with a common string) that limits access to a set of files. Paths are alternatively called prefixes or folders by different cloud storage services.

The string can be enclosed in single quotes, which allows special characters, including spaces, in location names (e.g. '@"my stage"').

Optional Parameters

PATTERN = 'regex_pattern'

Specifies a regular expression pattern for filtering files to remove. The command lists all files in the specified path and applies the regular expression pattern on each of the files found.

Usage Notes

  • The command removes all directories and files that match a specified path. For example, the following statement would match any of the following objects in the mytable table stage:

    • myobject.csv.gz (file)

    • myobject (directory)

    • myobject_new (directory)

    rm @%mytable/myobject;
  • To remove all files for a specific directory, include a forward-slash (/) at the end of the path. For example:

    rm @%mytable/myobject/;
  • If a REMOVE statement is interrupted before it has completed running, any files already removed by the statement are not restored.


Remove all files from the path1/subpath2 path in a named internal stage named mystage:

REMOVE @mystage/path1/subpath2;

Remove all files from the stage for the orders table:

REMOVE @%orders;

Use the abbreviated form of the command to remove files whose names match the pattern *jun* from the stage for the current user:

RM @~ pattern='.*jun.*';