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    Searching Salesforce Metadata Using The Force.com IDE

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  1. Parker Edelmann

    September 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Nice article Brent! I’m already somewhat (okay, not really) familiar with the Force.com IDE, but that’s an excellent way to use it! I had always thought of it as just a tool for migrating metadata, but I guess I’m wrong! That’s a great way to search for where fields are used, and look at one angle of what impact removing a custom field will make. I’ll make sure to keep this use case in mind the next time I need to perform a task like this.




  2. Randi Thompson

    September 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Brent, this is soooo timely! I did get a JRE Missing error message when I installed Eclipse. Do I need to install BOTH the JRE and the JDK or just one of the other?



  3. Stephen Stanley

    September 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Brett a minor typo in the text

    “Patters” should be “patterns” in the file selection dialog


    • Brent Downey

      September 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Good catch, Stephen! I’ve updated the post.


  4. Katie Rowe

    September 27, 2016 at 11:13 am


    Having trouble installing the force.com plugin, it gives me the error:

    Unable to connect to repository https://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse45/content.xml

    I believe I’ve configured my proxy settings correctly, any idea what could be causing this error? I’ve installed older versions of eclipse and the plugin before without this problem…


    • Katie Rowe

      September 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Never mind, my IT guy helped me figure it out. Apparently I had to remove my proxy settings and go on our guest network in order to install the plugin, but then I had to add the proxy settings back in order to create the force.com project. I don’t understand proxy settings, but at least it’s working for me now.


      • Brent Downey

        September 30, 2016 at 8:29 am

        Cool! Glad you were able to get it working!


  5. Jayne Monat

    January 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This is so helpful! I have been looking for a way to search for a fields use in reports so this post is exactly what I needed! It also finally pushed me to explore the Force.com IDE! Thank you for writing this.


  6. Hybin

    January 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Great article especially helpful for admins like me trying to clean up my other thanks for putting all this info together.


    • Brent Downey

      January 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks for reading! Glad you found it useful!


  7. Garrett

    February 17, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Good post on searching metadata via force.com IDE. I need to do exactly the project you described (figure out where Opportunity Stage is used) and your post was very helpful, especially the sections from “Creating a force.com Project” on down.

    However, I had great difficult downloading Eclipse and JRE until I accessed the following YouTube video:


    The video gives simple step-by-step instructions for getting JRE and Eclipse installed, in 7 minutes. I futzed around for 30 minutes trying to get it tow work before I found this video.


    • Brent Downey

      February 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for sharing that video Garrett! Very helpful.


  8. Jeremy Tull

    February 27, 2017 at 10:28 am

    SO HELPFUL! This is exactly what I needed. I wish this was built into Salesforce so the process could be quicker but at least we have this for now. Thanks so much for posting!


    • Brent Downey

      February 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Awesome! Glad you found it useful Jeremy! Thanks for reading.


  9. Jeremy Evans

    December 20, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Hi Brent,

    Thanks for this article, very helpful. Looks like the interface for eclipse has since been updated. There’s a few more tabs that come up in the search window i.e. “Remote Search”. My question is which tab is the best to use to query reports? Also what other settings should be considered; file name patter/folderl/scope etc. Thanks for your help


  10. Michael Shumenko

    March 22, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Nice post! But I prefer to use JetForcer. I find it more convenient for Force.com development.

    Try out https://jetforcer.com/get-started


  11. Alejandro

    May 14, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Brent,
    This is a great article, my problem is what happens if you search for a field called “Sale__c” but you also have another that is called “Is_Sale__c”? I have more than a 2000 results of usage but they are mixed between Sale__c and Is_Sale__c. How can I search only for Sale__c?
    Thanks for you help.


    • Brent Downey

      May 22, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      I don’t recall what the setting or option is off the top of my head, but there is an option for an exact search which would limit your query to the provided text.


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