I am trying to insert a list of records with a CreatedDate of my choosing. I read the documentation about what settings are needed to grant access to insert values for the audit fields.

I have enabled the user interface setting "“Set Audit Fields upon Record Creation” and “Update Records with Inactive Owners” User Permissions" and created a permission set that grants me access.


However, I am still getting the error: "Field is not writeable: Account.CreatedDate".

Example script below:

List<Account> createddatelist =
[SELECT name, createddate FROM Account WHERE id = '001a000001kXUZT'];


DateTime testdate = DateTime.newInstance(1990, 3, 17);

for(Account acct : createddatelist){

acct.createddate = testdate;
acct.name = 'test of date';


insert createddatelist;
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    Mercury86.. have you try to execute this code from dev console is it working ? – Ratan Paul Apr 7 '16 at 15:27
  • @sfdcweb Yes, that is were the error is coming from. Mark Keats has answered this question. The documentation above mentions that I can only do it via the API. I still find it strange that I cannot do so via the dev console, but per the documentation Mark Keats is correct. – Steel Reserve 211 Apr 7 '16 at 15:31
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    Mercury86.... Just now I have tested in my org. I am creating Account record with createdDate 1990 in my apex class it is working... is your permission set set audit checkbox is enabled ? – Ratan Paul Apr 7 '16 at 15:33
  • @sfdcweb I just tried again now, still the same error. Data Loader did work tho. – Steel Reserve 211 Apr 7 '16 at 15:43
  • @AllabouttheW: I don't see Created date field in mapping of data loader? – Gurmeet singh Sep 20 '19 at 16:27

The 'Set Audit Fields upon Record Creation' feature only applied to records created using the API, not from Apex code.

  • Ah shoot, your right!. It says right there on the documentation. – Steel Reserve 211 Apr 7 '16 at 15:24
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    Yes. The data loader would work fine. – Mark Keats Apr 7 '16 at 15:26
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    @MarkKeats when we try to create Account from dev console? is it an API call ? – Ratan Paul Apr 7 '16 at 15:29
  • @MarkKeats I just now tried in my org.. I am able to create account from apex code and I also tried to create from dev console. in both scenario it is creating Account. – Ratan Paul Apr 7 '16 at 15:33

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