I am trying to retrieve the layouts of all(standard + custom) objects from a test Enterprise org using package.xml manifest files. There are some customs objects that I have created on this org.

There is a managed package(SalesForece Google Ads,SFGA) installed in this org. This packages contains some customs objects also e.g


My package.xml manifest file tries to fetch layouts. File looks like

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">

In response I get the layouts of standard objects and the custom objects that i created myself. However I do NOT get the layouts of custom objects that belong to that managed package. How can I get the layout of custom objects that belong to a managed package?

Also, will I be able to change the layouts? I know I can change the layouts for standard ones and the ones that i created myself.

  • auny, my mistake, seems this does not apply to layouts. I can download these through eclipse. So you should be able to with ANT. Each package has its own package.xml...
    – dacology
    Jul 10, 2013 at 14:30
  • Which API or method are you talking about? Can you elaborate on the usage of API?
    – auny
    Jul 10, 2013 at 15:34
  • You can use the packageNames attribute in your build.xml file to query the layouts for a managed package (e.g. SFGA). This will cause the objects and layouts to be downloaded from that package. You can then modify the layouts and upload your changes.
    – sfdcfox
    Jul 10, 2013 at 16:07
  • Did you mean to say package.xml when you said build.xml? So from your comment i take that changes can be done on layouts from 3rd party managed packages. I initially thought that it would not be possible
    – auny
    Jul 10, 2013 at 18:22

2 Answers 2


To fetch objects from a managed package using the unmanaged package.xml, you need to explicitly call for each object, as the wildcard only retrieves objects outside a package.

To retrieve layouts you need to include the full (namespaced) object name before the hyphen, and the full (namespaced) layout name after the hyphen.

So for a packaged layout over a standard object you need to retrieve

<Object Name>-<namespace>__<Layout Name>

and for a packaged layout over a packaged object

<namespace>__<Object Name>-<namespace>__<Layout Name>

I have used the Salesforce for Social Media app as an example.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">
        <members>Campaign-sf4twitter__Campaign Layout</members>
        <members>Case-sf4twitter__SfSocial Case Layout</members>
        <members>Contact-sf4twitter__SfSocial Contact Layout</members>
        <members>Lead-sf4twitter__SfSocial Lead Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Fcbk_Page_Admin__c-sf4twitter__Facebook Page Admin Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Fcbk_Page__c-sf4twitter__FCBK Page Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Fcbk_User__c-sf4twitter__FCBK User Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Twitter_Account__c-sf4twitter__Twitter Account Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Twitter_Contributor__c-sf4twitter__Twitter Contributor Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Twitter_Conversation__c-sf4twitter__Conversation Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Twitter_Followers__c-sf4twitter__Twitter Follower Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Twitter_Scheduler__c-sf4twitter__Twitter_Scheduler Layout</members>
        <members>sf4twitter__Twitter_Search__c-sf4twitter__Twitter Search Layout</members>

If you retrieve profiles at the same time then these profiles will also include the layout assignments.

You can also use an ant list call to retrieve the names of all layouts to use in your package.xml with one major caveat. The list metadata call drops the second namespace, so you'll get sf4twitter__Twitter_Search__c-Twitter Search Layout instead of sf4twitter__Twitter_Search__c-sf4twitter__Twitter Search Layout

  • The problem is that I do not know the names of the customs objects and their respective managed packages in advance.
    – auny
    Jul 23, 2013 at 18:32
  • You should be able to use listMetadata to obtain a list of layouts.
    – sfdcfox
    Jul 23, 2013 at 22:05
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    <target name="list-layouts"> <!-- Retrieve the contents into another directory --> <sf:listMetadata username="${sf.sbu}" password="${sf.sbp}" serverurl="${sf.sbs}" resultFilePath="Layout" metadataType="Layout" /> </target>
    – sfdcfox
    Jul 23, 2013 at 22:07
  • The result will be a file that describes the name of each layout, even those in managed packages: FileName: layouts/... I recommend a Perl or Ruby script to parse the output into an XML file for you to copy/paste into your package.xml file.
    – sfdcfox
    Jul 23, 2013 at 22:08
  • You Saved my day, even Mavensmate has this bug, we can select the page layout, but it doesn't retrieve.
    – Ankuli
    Jul 15, 2016 at 14:57

You can retrieve all components if you know package name

<target name="retrieve">
    packageNames="Zuora Quotes"/>

Script will return package.xml, where under namespacePrefix you can get prefix name and just append to all needed componets:



    <members>Quote__c-Quote Layout - Renewal V8%2E0</members>


    <members>zqu__Quote__c-zqu__Quote Layout - Renewal V8%2E0</members>

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