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delete file in sharepoint document library created in same flow

Building a flow that creates a new folder in the Sharepoint Shared Document Library.


To do that it seems you need to create a file with a new folder path as a work around since Flow doesn't support creating folders (unbelieveable).


While this workaround works, you're left with a useless file.


I want to delete that file once it is created. Seems simple right? 


I have created this simple flow, which works.

- When new list item is created

- Create File

- Update item with path to new folder


When I try to add 'delete file' I use the same syntax to point to the file but I get an error saying the file is not found.even though error log displays the correct path to the file.


I assume this is because when the 'delete file' action occurs, the file has not yet been created???


If this is the case, how can I wait until the file is created to initiate the 'delete file' action?  I have tried adding as much as a 30 second delay between 'create file' and 'delete file' actions with no luck.


This shouldn't be so difficult to simply create a folder, just saying..





Here is the error log.

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Hi @Anonymous


The problem are in the 'Delete action' this not transform the string to uri, it is a bug.

But we have a way to workarround this, follow this steps:


1 - Copy all content that you put in 'File Identifier' field

2- Open the 'Expression' tab and paste the content in field


3- remove the '@' and '{' and '}' from the text

   - in my example the first content was:

     /Anotaes do Comercial/@{body('Criar_arquivo')?['Name']}/test.txt 

     after :

     /Anotaes do Comercial/body('Criar_arquivo')?['Name']/test.txt 


4 - put it inside an encodeUriComponent('PUT THE LAST STEP RESULT HERE')

5 - Save and Done!!!


Hope this helps!

Best Regards,


Gustavo Moraes


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When this bug will be solved ???


I'm trying Gustavo's suggestions without any positive results !!!

It seems that now MS Flow (now) put automatically the encodeUriComponent function, but I was unable to save my workflow without errors.

My File Identifier is "/Documenti SITG/[NAME]" (where [NAME] is the Dynamic Content tag.

How can I convert it in the right way for the Delete File action ?


Someone could help me ???


Thank you very much.

Riccardo Germinario


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When you say 'put it inside  encodeUriComponent - where do you do that within the flow?



I guess in your example you are referring to the following expression, right?


encodeUriComponent(concat('/Anotaes do Comercial/',body('Criar_arquivo')?['Name'],'/test.txt'))


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Just to confirm with anyone watching this thread from the Microsoft Team, this still seems to be an issue.

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But hey... they just announced more new connections with obscure 3rd party software that hardly anyone likely uses.


Something like being able to create a folder or delete a file required to be created as a work around to creating a folder...

or how about creating a subsite using a Flow?


Way to address basic use cases MS. 




When I try this, I get "invalid expression".

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