I am trying to migrate object permissions using metadata deploy in workbench.I am facing an issue - although I have explicitly stated the standard object in package.xml, the object permissions are not present in zip file that gets downloaded in retrieve(All the object level permissions are set to false in source org for that object). Here is my package.xml(I have included only contract):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata"> <types> <members>Contract</members> <name>CustomObject</name> </types> <types> <members>*</members> <name>Profile</name> </types> <version>36.0</version> </Package>

And here is the profile xml that gets downloaded:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <Profile xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata"> <custom>true</custom> <fieldPermissions> <editable>false</editable> <field>Contract.ActivatedById</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>false</editable> <field>Contract.ActivatedDate</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.BillingAddress</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.CompanySignedDate</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.CompanySignedId</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.ContractTerm</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.CustomerSignedDate</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.CustomerSignedId</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.CustomerSignedTitle</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.Description</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>false</editable> <field>Contract.EndDate</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>false</editable> <field>Contract.Name</field> <readable>false</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.OwnerExpirationNotice</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>false</editable> <field>Contract.Pricebook2Id</field> <readable>false</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.ShippingAddress</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.SpecialTerms</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <fieldPermissions> <editable>true</editable> <field>Contract.StartDate</field> <readable>true</readable> </fieldPermissions> <loginIpRanges> <endAddress></endAddress> <startAddress></startAddress> </loginIpRanges> <userLicense>Salesforce</userLicense> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ApiEnabled</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>AssignTopics</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ChatterEditOwnPost</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ChatterFileLink</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ChatterInternalUser</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ChatterInviteExternalUsers</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ChatterOwnGroups</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ConvertLeads</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>CreateCustomizeReports</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>CreateTopics</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>DistributeFromPersWksp</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>EditOppLineItemUnitPrice</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>EditTask</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>EditTopics</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>EmailMass</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>EmailSingle</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>EnableNotifications</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>LightningExperienceUser</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>RunReports</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>SelectFilesFromSalesforce</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>SendSitRequests</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ShowCompanyNameAsUserBadge</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>SubmitMacrosAllowed</name> </userPermissions> <userPermissions> <enabled>true</enabled> <name>ViewHelpLink</name> </userPermissions> </Profile>

So I have two questions: 1. Why are permissions are view setup and configuration not present in downloaded metadata from source? 2. Why are the object persmissions not downloaded for contract?

Both of the permission mentioned in the above two question are false in source org.


  • The profile you have pasted here, is this the standard one or the custom one? Sep 18, 2016 at 3:53
  • Its a custom profile cloned from Standard user and modified. Sep 18, 2016 at 4:05
  • 1. I think that is something which should be done manually, but not very confirm on this. 2. For first time i got the same result as you received. Profile was having only field level security settings and not object level but second time when i included custom object then it started giving all settings including object permissions. Sep 18, 2016 at 4:33
  • Yes, that was my initial guess too.However I didn't come across any documentation regarding this unusual behaviour.Hence I just want to confirm. Sep 18, 2016 at 4:36

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A bunch of metadata in Profiles are designed as a sparse matrix. In other words, if the security is set to false, it will not be present in the XML returned to you. This makes sense from salesforce perspective as they treat absence as a negative value. However, if you need to make changes to the XML after getting it from salesforce, this becomes a problem. Or worse, if you are trying to "turn off" permissions at the destination.

No way around this at the moment. You have to do this manually at the destination. Or edit the XML manually and then migrate.

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  • Thanks!Any documentation/ pointers to this kind of behaviour from salesforce ? Or is this just an observation. Oct 1, 2016 at 16:51

Are your orgs on different versions? I am facing a similar issue and it's due to my sandbox org being winter 17 and my production instance on Summer 16. I receive an error regarding the ShowCompanyNameAsUserBadge permission, as it doesn't seem to be included in the summer 16 metadata.


I'm dealing with this error when moving lot of metadata from a Pre-release Winter'16 Org to a Summer'16 Org using the Force Migration Tool.

After a few errors like that, I think I do not need the <userPermissions> section on my profiles XML files, so after the last deployment y remove the entire <userPermissions> block from my XML files before deploy the package, using this regular expression for replacement


So I recommend to remove the entire <userPermissions> block from the XML profiles files if you are not updating user permisssions, anyway if you want to migrate user permissions you can do with an "only profiles" package, I mean...

Use this package.xml for retrieve profiles from source org, it will retrieve only Org related permissions, won't include any object, field, class or page permissions, then deploy the retrieved files, maybe you get some errors because Org incompatible permissions, you must remove those permissions from the files.

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

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