By default if we delete item, it stores into Recycle Bin. This is desire and essential behavior.

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But if we want delete item permanently, can we do using any config change?

Please suggest any approach.

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There is RecycleBinActive setting.

Change it to false and it should do the trick.

Just create a patch file Disable.Recycle.Bin.config and add it to App_Config/Include folder:

<configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/" xmlns:x="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/">
      <setting name="RecycleBinActive">
        <patch:attribute name="value">false</patch:attribute>

We can do this using Sitecore PowerShell Extensions.

If don't want to store item into Recycling Bin, need to pass Permanently parameter. This is very fast and easy way which is recommended for bulk items deletion.

Below is sample example:

New-UsingBlock (New-Object Sitecore.Data.BulkUpdateContext) {
  Get-Item "master:/content/Something" | Remove-Item -Recurse -Permanently

If you're working with a large volume of data. In those cases you might also want to introduce the Sitecore.Data.BulkUpdateContext technique, which will improve performance by avoiding event etc.

Note: Because this does disable events etc. You will probably need to re-index and run a smart publish once the items are deleted.

Please go through link https://doc.sitecorepowershell.com/working-with-items.html for more details .

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If we passing Permanently - Specifies the item should be deleted rather than recycled.


If you only need to do it occasionally, you can use the good old DB Browser at https://your-sitecore/sitecore/admin/dbbrowser.aspx.

The database browser


To do this manually on an occasional basis hold the shift key while pressing the delete key or choosing "Delete" of the context menu.

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