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July 15, 2007

Delete a file from Google Code

Filed under: cssutils — see @ 1:39 pm

I finally found the link to delete a file from a Google Code project. I had some very buggy releases of cssutils which I already labelled as “deprecated” but could not found any way to delete these files. The help does not help much (there is not really a lot there) so I looked through the community groups and found something. On the file detail view of a file there is a section “Edit Download” which I assumed to have delete option as well. But a link to delete is actually to be found on the right side of the main menu bar at the top! I totally failed to see this link as it is quite small and so thought there is no way to delete a file…

Anyway, the most offending files (which were useless and big) are removed apart from this file which somehow won’t delete… The system does show the link to the delete page but there is no delete button as there is for other files. I could not even hack the form, I tried using a different form and replace the filename parameter or I renamed the “deprecated” button to “delete” but no way (I did try it for 2 minutes with Firebug only though). So I put a custom label on it just to mark it and let it stay, at least for now.

But very strange indeed. Deleting files from Google Code is too complicated and I seem to have triggered a bug too…


  1. Thanks! Made my life easier today.

    Comment by billy — January 27, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  2. Just saw there now is an explanation why the download cannot be removed: “This file has been downloaded 56 times. It is part of your project history and may no longer be deleted.”. I wonder what happens if I get to the end of the quota of 100MB (still like that I think) and cannot delete any files as most will probably be part of the projects history…

    Comment by see — February 1, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

  3. Thanks for posting this! That link is definitely placed by a coder or someone with next to no UI skills :)

    Comment by Jensa — April 15, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  4. Thanks for the help…appreciate it.

    Comment by prashanta — January 12, 2009 @ 10:39 am

  5. Thanks man. You made my day..

    Comment by Manu George — February 10, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  6. Thanks! How could I have missed it… :)

    Comment by Herman — February 16, 2009 @ 10:42 am

  7. Ok, a little more detail on this most precious gem..

    from “Downloads”, find “Edit Column Spec” from the files list table header, right hand side under the ellipses.

    to the list headers (Columns), add “EditDownload”… Update..

    then you’ll get a head named “Edit Download” with value “—”.. click that value.. get a new presentation of the download..

    now in the secondary toolbar, the line under the line that includes “Project Home” and “Source” and “Administer”
    you have “New Download” on the left, a string of ~search~ stuff, and then .. drumroll.. ta da(!).. “Delete”.. punch that bugger and be free from your errors! :)

    Comment by John — March 24, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  8. Thanks so much, this was really helpful.

    Comment by faisal — August 12, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

  9. Far easier, though it was difficult to find. Simply click above the tags of a download, and you will be redirected to the download details. No need to add the “EditDownload” column.

    Comment by Daniel Alonso — October 2, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  10. lol
    I thought, that there there is no removal. Very long searched, but it has appeared, that searched badly.
    Thanks for the help.

    Comment by Komarik — July 15, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

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