First time post here and I'm quite new to the SF ecosystem as well. I'm currently trying to figure out how to properly form queries using SOQL + REST.

Ideally what I am trying to do is query an endpoint like:


I've read a few different ways to go about doing this, but I'm not sure if creating a query like this is the best way, or it using the query() endpoint is better.

I'm just looking for some guidance on pulling back open opportunities at this point.

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Your query does not use valid syntax. There are a few things you need to fix:

  • Your SELECT clause must contain a comma delimited list of fields to return
  • You need a FROM clause that tells the system which object to query
    • The API Name of the object you are trying to query is Opportunity, not Opportunties
  • You cannot use a LIKE clause on Id values. If you have an exact value to filter on, use =
  • If you want to pull back all open Opportunity records, filter on the IsClosed field.

If you're going to use the REST API, note also from Execute a SOQL Query in the Force.com REST API Developer Guide that you have a couple more issues you need to fix in your endpoint path:

  • You must add /query/ after the version (i.e. /v37.0/query/?q=...)
  • You must start with a leading slash (i.e. /services/...)

Putting it all together, you are looking for something along these lines:

  • Thank you for the feedback. The query you provided did work for what I was looking for. I appreciate the link as well - everyone seems to write their queries differently, so I'm just trying to learn best practices before I get too far into it. Jan 30, 2017 at 16:38
  • what about if i want to write something like that >> Select AccountId, Name, Account.Name from Contact where Name like '%john doe%' << should i put '+' between john and doe !?
    – KhogaEslam
    Jun 30, 2019 at 20:15
  • You should post that as a separate question. Please refrain from asking questions via comment.
    – Adrian Larson
    Jun 30, 2019 at 20:17

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