I'm trying to embed a visualization/chart from an external SQL tool via a VisualForce iframe section on the Salesforce Account page layout. To do this, I need to append the account name into the SQL report URL.

I've managed to get the VisualForce page setup to display the visualization/chart properly, but I'm having trouble with my Controller to have it pull the Account Name of the current account page.

Any help to get this working would be greatly appreciated.

<apex:page standardController="Account">
<iframe src="https://modeanalytics.com/reports/bca8c3be75b6/runs/be5b8b8f62c0/?run=now&param_domain={!Account.Name}" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe>
  • I'm having trouble with my Controller to have it pull the Account Name of the current account page. you want to get current Account Name? as per your above code looks like you r not using extension controller
    – Ratan Paul
    Jan 9, 2016 at 9:01
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    Did you set the id parameter in the url when viewing the page?
    – martin
    Jan 9, 2016 at 9:07
  • are you running into this issue - help.salesforce.com/… ? (see Browser tools console)
    – cropredy
    Jan 9, 2016 at 19:35
  • Thanks for these replies. Admittedly I'm pretty new to working with controllers and extensions. How does one set the id parameter? I assume that is the account record ID? Jan 11, 2016 at 17:31

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Apart from the addition of URLENCODE to handle cases where the Account name included e.g. spaces:

<apex:page standardController="Account">
<iframe src="https://modeanalytics.com/reports/bca8c3be75b6/runs/be5b8b8f62c0/?run=now&param_domain={! URLENCODE(Account.Name) }" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe>

as martin pointed out you do need to supply an Account ID as otherwise the standard controller thinks it is working on a new Account that doesn't have an ID or name. So the request URL needs to be of this form:


where 001i000000UBpmI is an existing Account ID. This will successfully add the Account name to the iframe URL.

  • Keith -- I understood the OP has a "standard" Account pagelayout with an embedded VF page, so the /apex/yourPageName?.... construction doesn't apply. Or am I missing something here? Standard account View page will implicitly have the account Id
    – cropredy
    Jan 9, 2016 at 19:20
  • @crop1645 You are right - I didn't read the question carefully enough.
    – Keith C
    Jan 9, 2016 at 19:45
  • correct - I have a standard account page layout with an embedded VF page. Coincidentally, all of our Account Names are in an email domain format (apple.com, salesforce.com, etc.) so there shouldnt be any additional formatting necessary. Jan 11, 2016 at 17:28
  • @AlexMiller Just FYI, the @ symbol is encoded as %40 by a lot of encoding utilities such as JavaScript's encodeURIComponent.
    – Keith C
    Jan 11, 2016 at 20:53

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