Organize workspace objects into folders

This article explains how to use folders to organize your workspace objects.


Folders contain all static assets within a workspace: notebooks, libraries, files (in Databricks Runtime 11.3 LTS and above), experiments, and other folders. Icons indicate the type of the object contained in a folder. Click a folder name to open or close the folder and view its contents.

Open folder

To perform an action on a folder, click the Down Caret at the right side of a folder and select a menu item.

Folder menu

Special folders

A Databricks workspace has three special folders: Workspace, Shared, and Users. You cannot rename or move a special folder.

Workspace root folder

To navigate to the Workspace root folder:

  1. In the sidebar, click Workspace.

  2. Click the Scroll Left Icon icon.

The Workspace root folder is a container for all of your organization’s Databricks static assets.

Workspace Root

Within the Workspace root folder:

  • Shared Icon Shared is for sharing objects across your organization. All users have full permissions for all objects in Shared.

  • Users Icon Users contains a folder for each user.

By default, the Workspace root folder and all of its contained objects are available to all users. You can control who can manage and access objects by setting permissions.

To sort all objects alphabetically or by type across all folders, click the Down Caret to the right of the Workspace folder and select Sort > [Alphabetical | Type]:

Workspace Sort

User home folders

Each user has a home folder for their notebooks and libraries:

Workspace label > Home Folder

By default objects in this folder are private to that user.


When you remove a user from a workspace, the user’s home folder is retained. If you re-add a user to the workspace, their home folder is restored.

Workspace object operations

The objects stored in the Workspace root folder are folders, notebooks, files (in Databricks Runtime 11.3 LTS and above), libraries, and experiments. To perform an action on a Workspace object, right-click the object or click the Menu Dropdown at the right side of an object.

Object menu

From the drop-down menu you can:

  • If the object is a folder:

  • Clone the object. (Files cannot be cloned.)

  • Rename the object.

  • Move the object to another folder.

  • Move the object to Trash. See Delete an object.

  • Export a folder or notebook as a Databricks archive.

  • If the object is a notebook, copy the notebook’s file path.

  • Set permissions on the object.

In addition to the procedures listed in this article, you can also do the following:

Access recently used objects

You can access recently used objects by clicking Recents Icon Recents in the sidebar or the Recents column on the workspace landing page.


The Recents list is cleared after deleting the browser cache and cookies.

Move an object

To move an object, you can drag-and-drop the object or click the Menu Dropdown or Down Caret at the right side of the object and select Move:

Move object

To move all the objects inside a folder to another folder, select the Move action on the source folder and select the Move all items in <folder-name> rather than the folder itself checkbox.

Move folder contents

Delete an object

To delete a folder, notebook, library, repository, or experiment, click the Menu Dropdown or Down Caret at the right side of the object and select Move to Trash. Contents of the Trash folder are automatically deleted permanently after 30 days.

You can permanently delete an object in the Trash by selecting the Menu Dropdown to the right of the object and selecting Delete Immediately.

Delete immediately

You can permanently delete all objects in the Trash by selecting the Menu Dropdown to the right of the Trash folder and selecting Empty Trash.

Empty trash

You can also delete objects with the databricks workspace delete or databricks workspace rm commands in the Databricks CLI, and the POST /api/2.0/workspace/delete operation in the Workspace API 2.0.


If you delete an object using the Databricks CLI or the Workspace API 2.0, the object doesn’t appear in the Trash folder.

Restore an object

You restore an object by dragging it from the Trash Trash folder to another folder.