I am displaying some records in table format on my Visualforce Page. I want to check if a Map instance is empty before displaying it. I have tried with:


and also with:


But it is not working. I know one workaround to use a Boolean property in the controller and set the rendered attribute based on that. But I don't want to create extra variables in the controller. Can we achieve this logical check in the Visualforce Page itself?

  • With rendered="{!NOT(ISBLANK(cons[0]))}" ?
    – SF_user
    Jan 3 '17 at 14:21
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    Possible duplicate of Is it possible to test list size from a VisualForce page?
    – Adrian Larson
    Jan 3 '17 at 15:24
  • I think whilst the "solution" is the same, the difference in the wording and context of the question means this might be a valid question/answer as would be expected to find in a search. People looking to find if a "map is empty" in visualforce might not search for "how to test a list size" ? (just my thoughts) Jan 3 '17 at 17:19
  • Just because we close as a dupe doesn't mean it's a bad question! But it helps link them as essentially the same issue, which I think they are here. And it doesn't at all hurt the search-ability of this question. If it did, I'd probably reconsider my vote.
    – Adrian Larson
    Jan 3 '17 at 17:57
  • @AdrianLarson while it should be a dupe, since maps and lists SHOULD work the same, unfortunately they don't; using map.size as would work on a list, comes up with a compile time error.
    – Aequitas
    Nov 24 '17 at 3:31

The below solution does not work reporting this compile error when the page is saved:

Unknown property 'cons.size'

If cons is a map field of the controller, I would expect this to work:

rendered="{! cons.size > 0 }"

as a reference to cons is a reference to the map keys.

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    For Map , Size is not valid in visual force page . Thanks
    – veera
    Jan 4 '17 at 10:47
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    @veera Just tried it and similar permutations and you are right... Looks like an extra controller property is needed.
    – Keith C
    Jan 4 '17 at 11:25

I have had success with this approach:


Note you can always replace IF(condition, true, false) with simply condition. The statements are functionally equivalent, but the former is redundant and bloats compile size.

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    It is not working for Map. Please suggest any other way to do. Thanks
    – veera
    Jan 4 '17 at 10:47

It seems that you cannot directly reference the size of a Map in VF. You can add a small helper to return the size, however:

public Integer mapSize {get{
    mapSize = mapVariable.values().size();
    return mapSize;

It is less convenient than getting the value directly on the VF but it works.

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