Delete a role in ASP.NET Identity


In order to delete an existing role in ASP.NET Identity, we use the Delete method.


The Delete method deletes the role passed as a parameter and returns the result of the operation as an IdentityResult object.

IdentityResult result = RoleManager.Delete(role);

The Delete method is called by the RoleManager, which is responsible for performing the role-related operations.


We use the Get method to get the ApplicationRoleManager from the OwinContext.

private ApplicationRoleManager _roleManager;
public ApplicationRoleManager RoleManager
        return _roleManager ?? HttpContext.GetOwinContext().Get<ApplicationRoleManager>(); 

    private set
        _roleManager = value;

Check the Roles management section, for more information about the configuration of the RoleManager.


public ActionResult DeleteRole(DeleteRoleViewModel model)
    if (ModelState.IsValid)
        IdentityRole roleToDelete = RoleManager.FindById(model.RoleId);

        if (roleToDelete == null)
            return HttpNotFound();

        IdentityResult result = RoleManager.Delete(roleToDelete);
        if (result.Succeeded)
            return RedirectToAction("Index", "Home");

        foreach (string error in result.Errors)
            ModelState.AddModelError("", error);

    return View(model);

In the above example, we get the information of the role to delete via an HTTP Post request. We use the FindById method to find the role to delete by its id and then we use the Delete method in order to delete this role. We access the Succeeded property of the IdentityResult object to check if the opration was successful. If it is not the case, we loop through the list of Errors and we add them to the ModelState by using the AddModelError method.

The DeleteRoleViewModel object is the ViewModel that we are using in order to render and validate the DeleteRole view.

public class DeleteRoleViewModel
    public string RoleId { get; set; }


In order to use the Get method, the Delete method, the IdentityResult object, and the IdentityRole object, you have to include the following namespaces :

using Microsoft.AspNet.Identity;
using Microsoft.AspNet.Identity.EntityFramework;
using Microsoft.AspNet.Identity.Owin;