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SidharthSidharth 

Get Field Description in Apex Code

Hi,

Is there any way to get description of all fields of an object in apex code?
Able to query inline text help, label, api name, length etc, but not the description.
Any workaround/trick ?

Thanks
Sid
Ashish_SFDCAshish_SFDC
Hi , 


You have to use the describe calls to get all the details of a field. 

See the links below,

Is there anyway to get the name/label of a field without doing a field describe?

http://salesforce.stackexchange.com/questions/32436/is-there-anyway-to-get-the-name-label-of-a-field-without-doing-a-field-describe

getting Value of a field by its Name in apex salesforce

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15114586/getting-value-of-a-field-by-its-name-in-apex-salesforce


Regards,
Ashish
Vishant ShahVishant Shah
Map<String, Schema.SObjectField> fMap = Schema.getGlobalDescribe().get(objectName.toLowerCase()).getDescribe().Fields.getMap();
        list<string> selectFields = new list<string>();
        
        if (fMap != null){
            for (Schema.SObjectField ft : fMap.values()){ // loop through all field tokens (ft)
                Schema.DescribeFieldResult fd = ft.getDescribe(); // describe each field (fd)
                system.debug(fd); /// your field action here
            }
        }
This is the code you need 
Anup ShindeAnup Shinde
You cannot get the Description using Describe calls in APEX.

A trick (and a very difficult one) is to use the Metadata API. You can do this via APEX - but the process is async. Since you want to fetch the information, it would require "retrieve" calls - and those are seriously difficult to do in APEX.

http://andyinthecloud.com/2013/10/27/introduction-to-calling-the-metadata-api-from-apex/

http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/api_meta/api_meta.pdf


RadnipRadnip
FYI I raised this as an issue with the Salesforce product manager a couple of weeks ago who was surprised it wasn't available in describe calls and is looking to get it in the roadmap.
Ashish_SFDCAshish_SFDC
Hi All, 


The Idea: Object/Field Description text available to API and APEX Describe call , please vote for the same. 

https://success.salesforce.com/ideaView?id=08730000000gO3LAAU

Also See the blog: Getting Salesforce Field Metadata the Easy Way

http://blog.jeffdouglas.com/2011/10/20/getting-salesforce-field-metadata-the-easy-way/


Regards,
Ashish




SidharthSidharth
As an alternate solution, i am trying to maintain a excel/csv file under SF documents/StaticResource. This excel file will contain the description.
But not sure how to GET and DISPLAY that excel file in VF Page. Any ideas ?
TC DeveloperTC Developer
http://dhawalsaiya-salesforce.blogspot.com/2012/01/displaying-images-in-visual-force-page.html. read the file and do the needful 
Joe Markey 6Joe Markey 6
I was able to get sObject metadata using the following:

public class SObjectMetadata {
        public String fieldName {get;set;}
        public Schema.DisplayType fieldType {get;set;}
        public String sObjectName {get;set;}
        public SObjectMetadata(String pFieldName, Schema.DisplayType pFieldType, String pSobjectName) {
            this.fieldName = pFieldName;
            this.fieldType = pFieldType;
            this.sObjectName = pSobjectName;
        }
    }

@AuraEnabled
    public static String getsObjectMetadata(String pSobject) {
        List<SObjectMetadata> sObjectMetadataList = new List<SObjectMetadata>();
        Map<String, Schema.SObjectField> fieldMap = Schema.getGlobalDescribe().get(pSobject).getDescribe().fields.getMap();
        for(Schema.SObjectField ft : fieldMap.values()) {
            Schema.DescribeFieldResult fd = ft.getDescribe();
            sObjectMetadataList.add(new SObjectMetadata(fd.getName(), fd.getType(), pSobject));
        }
        
        return JSON.serialize(sObjectMetadataList);
    }