drupal 8.4.2

custom media solution


I can not delete files permanently which created as media entity.


  1. Created an image media entity.
  2. /admin/content/files claims status permanent and used in 2 places.
  3. After deleting newly created media entity from UI /admin/content/media.
  4. /admin/content/files says status permanent and used in 1 places.

Even cron run after 6 hours (as described in file settings) file still exist on the server.

Is there any safest or best way to delete those unused file permanently?

  • Does it exist in an entity revision somewhere? Was the media entity deleted?
    – Kevin
    Jan 3, 2018 at 16:12
  • @kevin Yes i confirm media entity deleted. Though it works before drupal core 8.4 .* release. As unused files status changed to temporary and used in 0 places and after cron run 6 hours it delete the file. After 8.4.* default file setting of make_unused_managed_files_temporary set to false. Jan 3, 2018 at 16:13

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You have to delete old versions of entities (articles etc.) where you used the files for the files to get the "used in 0 places" under /admin/content/files. After that status should be changed to temporary with option make_unused_managed_files_temporary set to true.


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