Usually, it’s quite easy to delete an AWS WAF, or Web ACL. But sometimes you may come across the following error when attempting to delete the actual WAF:
AWS WAF couldn’t perform the operation because your resource is being used by another resource or it’s associated with another resource.
What this means
When you get this error, it means that there is something attached to the WAF that is currently using it.
This could be an
API Gateway, an
Application Load Balancer, or potentially some
Rule Sets that are still attached.
How to delete the AWS WAF / Web ACL
Step 1. Disassociate AWS Resources
Web ACLs tab, select the WAF that you would like to delete. In my case it is
waf-test-1 as shown in the image above.
Navigate over to
Associated AWS resources and you will see which AWS resources are attached.
Click on each item, and then click on the
Disassociate button to release the AWS resource.
remove in the modal box that appears.
Do the same for any other items in the list.
When you have completed this, there should be no AWS resources left in the
Associated AWS resources list.
Step 2. Delete the AWS WAF / Web ACL
You can now navigate back to
Web ACLs, select the WAF and click the
delete into the modal box that appears.
You have now successfully deleted the
AWS WAF Web ACL.