I want to display the message at another page when user click a button. Such as the user clicks button at Page A, then my action method will redirect user to Page B and show the message which is defined in the Page A controller.

Page A and Page B not use the same controller.

String pageHeaderReferer = ApexPages.currentPage().getHeaders().get('Referer'); 
if((pageHeaderReferer != null && pageHeaderReferer.containsIgnoreCase('Page1')) || isLtIE9()) 
    ApexPages.addMessage(new ApexPages.Message(ApexPages.Severity.INFO, message)); 

Be careful, using the above code in IE8 that there is no 'Referer' value.

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The easiest way would be to pass the message as a parameter when redirecting the user, then have the second controller add that parameters content to the page.

Controller 1

public PageReference GoToPage2()
  ApexPages.PageReference pr = new ApexPages.PageReference(Page.Page2);
  pr.GetParameters().Put('message', 'Hello, World!');
  return pr;

Page 1

<apex:commandButton action="{!GoToPage2}" value="Page 2!"/>

Controller 2

public void Init()
  String message = '' + ApexPages.CurrentPage().GetParameters().Get('message');
  String pageHeaderReferer = ApexPages.currentPage().getHeaders().get('Referer'); 

  // Use the referrer parameter to only show the message when coming from Page 1
  if(pageHeaderReferer != null && pageHeaderReferer.containsIgnoreCase('Page1') && message != 'null')
    ApexPages.CurrentPage().AddMessage(new ApexPages.Message(ApexPages.Severity.Info, message));

Page 2

<apex:page controller="Page2Controller" action="{!Init}">

The exact message syntax might be a little off, will double check it. It's one of those things I can remember when I'm coding but not when I'm just writing in the browser!

  • Thanks, but I think this will add a new parameter in the URL, if the user refresh the Page 2, the message will display again. I just want the message to display only one time.
    – Jair
    Jun 30, 2013 at 4:15
  • You can always clear the parameter after reading it. An alternative mechanism would be writing it to a temporary object or custom setting (the latter might be better).
    – Matt Lacey
    Jul 1, 2013 at 0:11
  • String pageHeaderReferer = ApexPages.currentPage().getHeaders().get('Referer'); if(pageHeaderReferer != null && pageHeaderReferer.containsIgnoreCase('Page1')) { ApexPages.addMessage(new ApexPages.Message(ApexPages.Severity.INFO, message)); }
    – Jair
    Jul 2, 2013 at 6:22
  • @LaceySnr Is it possible to make a conditional display? I have a situation where 'Submit' and 'Cancel' buttons on page 1 are going to redirect to the Page 2 but I want to display different messages according to the button's action. or do I have post a separate question for this?
    – Seesh
    Nov 18, 2014 at 0:13
  • @Seesh A new quesiton is best, you'll get rep that way!
    – Matt Lacey
    Nov 18, 2014 at 2:08

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