How to Delete Disqus Threads

Disqus Threads

Unfortunately, there’s no direct way to delete threads with Disqus.

However, the following is the best workaround possible in order to pseudo-delete them:

Optional Step

If it’s important to you that the comments themselves are deleted and not be accessible anywhere, you’ll need to delete them individually first, from:

Replace yoursite with your site slug.

Step 1.

Create a new page on your website:, and block it from being indexed in search engines with: <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> (because this page will serve no purpose to being seen by your site visitors).

Step 2.

Go through all threads on, one by one, page by page, and wherever you find a thread for a page that has been deleted or that you otherwise wish to remove, change the URL to:, changing the number for each one,,, etc., for as many threads as there are that you wish to remove (you might be surprised at how many are floating around).

Step 3.

Open up Notepad or TextEdit and add the following:,,,

I’d recommend preparing your first line with the correct site info, then dupe that 9 more times so you have a set of 10, add a blank line at the bottom, copy that, and paste that over and over for as many threads as there are that need to be removed. Then go through each line, one by one, numbering them accordingly, remove the blank line at the bottom when done, and save as a text file, delete.txt or whatever is fine.

Step 4.

Now, go to:, click “Start URL mapper”, and submit your text file.

That’s it, you’re done. Note that it’ll probably take a few hours to complete. Technically, you didn’t really delete the threads. More so, you merged them all into one thread. You might also want to make sure to close that thread. Anything you to delete in the future, just merge into

Not the prettiest solution, but probably the best tutorial written to date on the only option available to us.

  • TweetsTeam

    What a stupid thing? Every app and other company have delete button for every little things. Why do you do this with your users?
    The delete function is important as the creation.

  • I understand your frustration. However, I can tell you, having worked on many projects, that behind the scenes, it’s usually not an issue of it just being an oversight, something the programmers are incapable of adding, or something they’ve arbitrarily chosen to ignore. Usually, there’s a specific reason, an internal policy, or monetary, time, or programmatic reasons.

    In other words, it might cost too much time and money to implement the necessary changes to make it happen for it to be worth it. Some times, it’s not as simple as flipping a switch. It might require a complete overhaul of the system just to implement a way to directly delete threads.

    That would be my best guess, and also that we’ll see the option implemented at some point, but not until other higher priority changes take place for a major version upgrade.

    Looking on the bright side, considering some companies simply don’t allow you to delete your content, once created, as a policy (which I think is wrong), at least we do have a removal option here.

  • TweetsTeam

    I understand it, but if I good remember, the delete function was in an older version.
    For example, what do you know, how many user will use a forum engine, what have not topic delete function? :D It is a must have function, or a draw/paint app what have not eraser tool :D I really think, that if I can find an other company, like disqus and they have delete button, I will delete my disqus account because it is joke…

  • Livefyre looks like the most popular alternative: I cannot vouch for whether they have a better system for deleting or other pros and cons compared to Disqus, but there will always be one compromise or another required, when using free software.

  • TweetsTeam

    Yeah, I know, “free” things are not ery good (but they have money from premium things).
    Thanks for the link. Good luck.

  • You’re welcome.

  • Rather than letting us delete discussion, I think a reasonable solution could be automatically deleting discussion when the link to the discussion page is broken… By this way, if I delete a page, the relative discussion will be deleted, too.
    Another thing I haven’t understood is: is there a timeout with an automatic closing of a discussion? Some days ago I opened a new discussion, no one left any answer, and in a little time I’ve found my discussion automatically closed? I even can’t re-open my discussion… Why this kind of policy?
    P.S. Sorry if I’ve missed something in what I’ve written, I’m italian.

  • When I read this article ,I think the author must be a smart guy! but when I read the comments ,I want to know what the relationship about you and “Disqus”?

  • My relationship with Disqus is that I use and appreciate their free service. It’s helpful to me. Your implication that because I’m not being too critical of them so perhaps I work for them or am otherwise affiliated with them is based simply on the fact that I understand both sides of it, having been both a user of tech services and a provider of them.

    While I, like anyone else, hate when things don’t work, hate having to deal with customer support reps, I’ve also been the one having to provide customer support, and many users/customers often have unrealistic expectations and their complaints and demands aren’t very reasonable.

    That’s probably more of an in-depth answer than you required, but I try to be as honest and detailed as I can when someone has a question for me.


  • Thank you very much. I asked this question because TweetsTeam said “Why do you do this with your users?” and you replied a long answer which I didn’t read, I thought you’re a employee of Disqus, I read it just now. It’s my fault. And forgive my bad English.


  • Ah, I see. Yeah, he said:

    “Why do you do this with your users?”

    Honest mistake. But, yeah, he was just asking rhetorically of the Disqus service, not actually asking me.

    By the way, your English and grammar, compared to most native English speakers, is actually quite good. :)

  • Thank you.

    You’re a nice man.

  • You’re welcome. :)