I want to get all of the custom settings in a list and then according to the custom setting i want to build a query? Can someone suggest how i can do that.

For eg: i have a custom setting as A1, A2,A3. I want to do something like: List<A1> A1list = A1.getall().values(); I have to repeat the same code for all. How can i optimise this, by using something like sObject.getGlobaldescribe().

Thanks in advance.

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If your Custom Setting were named Custom_Setting__c, you could do the following:

List<Custom_Setting__c> customSettings = new List<Custom_Setting__c>();
for (Custom_Setting__c customSetting : [SELECT Name FROM Custom_Setting__c])

However, since they are all different Custom Settings you would need to do separate queries, which would be more expensive than

List<Custom_Setting_A__c> listA = Custom_Setting_A__c.getAll().values();
List<Custom_Setting_B__c> listB = Custom_Setting_B__c.getAll().values();
List<Custom_Setting_C__c> listC = Custom_Setting_C__c.getAll().values();

That's about as lightweight as it will get.

  • Thanks for the reply. I want to remove the section "List<Custom_Setting_A__c> listA = Custom_Setting_A__c.getAll().values(); List<Custom_Setting_B__c> listB = Custom_Setting_B__c.getAll().values(); List<Custom_Setting_C__c> listC = Custom_Setting_C__c.getAll().values();" i.e. specifiying the name of the custom setting.getall.values(). That means i want ot make it more generic. Is this not possible.
    – Sushma Rao
    Aug 1, 2013 at 3:59
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    No. They're essentially separate objects. It's like if you were trying to combine a query for Opportunities and Contacts, except you can't even use lookups to get around query limitations.
    – Adrian Larson
    Aug 1, 2013 at 18:18

There is a slightly round-about way of getting the list of Custom Settings using the metadata api. In this example, i use the REST api to access it.

You can get you all of the objects in your org. Each type of Custom Setting is saved as a different custom object definition. So, if you iterate through this list, only look at those objects that have the 'customSetting' property = true. Here's an abbreviated version of how I do it in Groovy with the REST API (some sections omitted). You can find documentation about the response in the REST API Guide

def conn = new SfRestConnection(username, password, clientId, clientSecret, SfRestConnection.SfAuthenticationEndpointForProd)

//as an example: https://na1.salesforce.com/services/data/v26.0/sobjects/ 
def results = conn.get('sobjects', null, null)
for(def obj in results.sobjects)
        println obj.name

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