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i think my title gives you the problem. I want to mass delete reports i belive you can do this via Eclipse IDE Plug-In, however i dont want to go down this route, is it possible to do it by using the Apex data loader or even demand tools ?

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I have actually found a GREAT way to do this in bulk even if you don't have Eclipse. It involves building a fairly simple destructivechanges.xml file and deploying it through Workbench.

First, you have to build your file. You basically just need two datapoints:

  1. The DeveloperName of the report (you can get this by querying the standard Report object).
  2. The DeveloperName of the Folder the report is in (from the report object, confusingly, the folder id is the Ownerid field. Then just query the standard Folder object and get the name from there).

Then just create a destructivechanges.xml that looks like this in your favorite text editor (I use Sublime). Pay special attention that you use the correct slash in between the folder and report names:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">
    <types>
        <members>FolderDeveloperName1/ReportDeveloperName1</members>
        <members>FolderDeveloperName2/ReportDeveloperName2</members>
        <name>Report</name>
    </types>
    <version>36.0</version>
</Package>

Also create a package.xml that looks like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">
    <version>36.0</version>
</Package>

Put both files in a folder name src and zip it up (make sure you are doing it as a .zip file).

Now go to https://workbench.developerforce.com and go to Migration--Deploy. Click Choose File and upload your zip file. I recommend doing this in test first just to be sure you did it right. Click Next and it will run. All the reports you have specified will be deleted once the deployment is finished. It is glorious.

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It is not possible to delete reports using data loader, if you attempt a delete on the Report SObject you will be greeted with:

DML operation DELETE not allowed on Report

DemandTools only lets you manipulate the data as well.

There are a few alternative options in How to mass delete old reports? Options.

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