I have a class(batch apex) wherein i am querying(and filtering) and getting a list of records. I need to access these records inside a visual force email template by using <apex:repeat>. However this is the error i am getting when trying to save the template:

Unknown property 'core.email.template.EmailTemplateComponentController

This is the template snippet :

<apex:repeat var="i" value="{!lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam}">

Is what i am trying to do achievable in vf email templates.

  • It seems that lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam isn't reachable by your template. What is this field, list or relationship name? Commented May 3, 2016 at 4:05
  • @Ilya Lepesh lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam is a list of records. The requirement is to iterate over this list inside the vf email template.
    – starhunter
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 8:16

2 Answers 2


If you want to display list in Visualforce email template, you should iterate through all childred related to object from which the template retrieves merge field data. Or you can include a custom component in a Visualforce email template that uses that custom controller.

Error you having after saving you snippet, describes that property doesn't exist. I think you aren't using apex:repeat properly. If you related type is relatedToType="Account" and Child Relationship Name is lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam (assume that you have object Defaulter) repeat should access list through object:

<apex:repeat var="i" value="{!relatedTo.lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam}">

Check your relathionship name, you could miss letter s : e.g.lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeams

In case when you are using component, make sure that lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam has public access modifier in controller:

private final List<Defaulter> defaulters;

public findDefaulters() {
    defaulters = [select Location__c, .. from Defaulter where ..];
//should be accessed by component
public List<Defaulter> getlstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam() {
    return defaulters;

If I read your question right, you have a batch class that generates a list of records that you want to show in a VF email template

First principles:

  • The Email Template has a relatedTo (setWhatId(..)) and a recipient (setWhoId(..)).
  • Any list you generate in the VF email template has to be derivable from relatedTo or (less likely) recipient

So, you're going to need to persist the members of lstDefaulters_DeliveryTeam so that they are accessible from the value of setWhatId(..). @IlyaLepesh gives an example.

If this isn't practical, you can abandon the template altogether and just construct your own HTML in a setHtmlBody(...) method call

  • As relatedTo can only be an sobject.,that means i cannot access a list created in the batch class in the vf email template?
    – starhunter
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 9:41
  • @starhunter -- If the list created in the batch class is persisted in the database and is a child of relatedTo, then yes, the VF template can access. Otherwise, you have to construct the htmlBody yourself in the batch class without resort to using the template
    – cropredy
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 13:12

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