Delete all sas datasets from a library

This post is part of 'SAS | Proc datasets' series

Below are a few scenarios where we want all the sas datasets from a specific library to be deleted.

  • At the start of a sas program such that the previously created datasets do not impact the current run of the program
  • When writing complex programs which create lot of intermediate datasets which need not be stored
  • When executing a macro which creates a lot of intermediate temporary datasets multiple times with in a SAS session

Proc datasets of SAS can be used to specifically delete ONLY the datasets from a library.

proc datasets library=work memtype=data kill;



  • library= option is used to the name of the required library
  • kill option on proc datasets is used to delete the sas files
  • By default, kill option deletes sas datasets, views, format catalogues
  • The key here is to specify the option memtype=data on the proc datasets to explicity specify that only datasets have to be deleted

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