Post-publish delete

There are a number of reasons you may want to delete documents after they are published. For example, you may find your profile settings are not what you intended or they are incorrect. Maybe it's an incorrect custodian assignment, or you ran processing in the wrong workspace. It may just be a cost consideration where you need to reduce the amount of data for review.


Use the Delete mass action on the Documents view to delete multiple files (after they have been discovered and published.) To view a list of previously deleted files, navigate to the Files tab and open the Deleted Documents view.

You can configure which documents to delete, including the option to remove all duplicates and associated files from the same data source. Relativity automatically includes any duplicate records of a primary document deleted from the same processing data source.

Since Relativity removes all duplicates within the same data source, you do not need to work with any automatically promoted files.

For information on reporting what was deleted, see Master Document Replacement Summary.

Running post-publish delete

To mass delete documents after discovery and publish, perform the following:

  1. Navigate to the Documents tab and select the documents you want to delete.
    Document list showing three records selected
  2. Select the Delete mass operation.
    The delete mass action
  3. You see a confirmation modal with the following settings options:
    • Delete settings—selects the scope of the delete action for deleting files in the same data source. The following options are available:
      • Documents, duplicates, and all associated files—deletes all documents, duplicates, images, and natives from within the same data source. Associated objects are unlinked. This option is the default.
      • Only images—deletes only images and leaves parent documents in place.
      • Only natives—deletes only natives and leaves parent documents in place.
      • Image(s) and native(s)—deletes only images and natives and leave parent documents in place.
    • Force delete—files are deleted even if there are redactions, highlights, or transcript tags. You can only disable this option when deleting images or natives.
    • Create audit snapshot—when enabled, this option creates an additional audit record of every field value associated with the document before it is deleted. Use caution when enabling this option as it can increase on the size of the audit table and will slow down the mass delete process.
    • Promote duplicates—when enabled, duplicates from other data sources are retained and published, replacing deleted files. This option only applies to data sources outside of the original data source.
      Post publish delete confirmation

Interacting with deleted documents

To view deleted documents, navigate to the Files tab and select the Deleted Documents view.

To view errored documents, navigate to the Files tab and select either the Current Errored Files or All Errored Files view. See Processing error overview for more details on processing errors.

Retrying delete errors

Navigate to the Deleted Documents view to see a record of all deleted documents. The Processing Deletion? field is the yes/no indicator for deleted documents. You can filter by Error Message to see the errors that occurred during deletion. Some errors can be retried using the Retry Errors mass actions option. Once deleted, documents are excluded from further processing operations (such as deduplication, retry, and republish.)

Discovered Files deleted documents view retry delete button