I have a long list of "related lists" available to me that I can put on a Contact layout. I would like to display these same related lists on a visualforce page using <apex:relatedList> and the Contact standard controller...however, I'm not able to do this because they are not lookup fields, and I cannot find the child relationship names.

Does that mean that I'm not able to use them with <apex:relatedList>?

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    Can you give an example of one of these related lists you are unable to display? Feb 2, 2016 at 18:53
  • One of them relates to a custom object "Proposal__c". Another is a field on "Property__c", "Primary_Contact__c"--looks like Property(Primary Contact). Another is "Notes & Attachments". None of these are from Lookup fields, but they are all available as related lists.
    – MRG
    Feb 2, 2016 at 18:58
  • I do not know if you'll be able to get Notes & Attachments, but you should definitely be able to get the other relationships. Both Lookup and Master Detail relationships can be shown with apex:relatedList, and you can get the relationship name from them by looking at the field detail. Feb 2, 2016 at 19:00
  • Is something wrong with my visualforce then? <apex:page standardController="Contact" showHeader="false" sidebar="false" > <apex:relatedList list="Proposals" /> </apex:page>
    – MRG
    Feb 2, 2016 at 19:11
  • Content cannot be displayed: 'Proposals' is not a valid child relationship name for entity Contact
    – MRG
    Feb 2, 2016 at 19:12

1 Answer 1


I found the solution here: VF Page to Show Related Lists from Lookup Object on my Main Object

The problem was that I needed to add an __r to the end of the "child relationship name". New Apex: PROPOSAL

<apex:relatedList title="" subject="{!Contact}" list="Proposals__r" />


<apex:relatedList title="" subject="{!Contact}" list="Properties1__r" />
  • that is already mentioned in many documents :)
    – Himanshu
    Feb 2, 2016 at 19:50

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