I have successfully created a PushTopic through the PHP Force Workbench running locally. Then, I monitor the results under the 'Streaming Push Topics' feature in Workbench.

Here is the PushTopic:

PushTopic pushTopic = new PushTopic();
pushTopic.Name = 'ContactUpdates';
pushTopic.Query = 'SELECT LastName, FirstName, MailingStreet, MailingCity, MailingState, MailingPostalCode, Id FROM Contact';
pushTopic.ApiVersion = 37.0;
pushTopic.NotifyForOperationCreate = true;
pushTopic.NotifyForOperationUpdate = true;
pushTopic.NotifyForOperationUndelete = true;
pushTopic.NotifyForOperationDelete = true;
pushTopic.NotifyForFields = 'Referenced';
insert pushTopic;

Notice I am explicitly declaring NotifyForOperationUpdate. When I monitor this stream, I get notifications for the account creations, but not for the account updates. Specifically, I was updating the LastName and FirstName fields.

When I create a new PushTopic and specificy NotifyForFields as 'All', I am able to see updates.

I can certainly use 'All' with the significant downside of getting updates that do not matter to the application.

Question 1: Why does updating FirstName and LastName not work for 'Referenced' fields, but does work for 'All', since the query SELECT clause includes FirstName and LastName?

NOTE: this is not a duplicate of Streaming API : not getting updates for some standard fields as I am specifying explicit Apex options and for a different API version. However, the answer may be the same for both (which could be as simple as, "it is a bug in SalesForce Streaming API").

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    Nice first question!
    – Adrian Larson
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 18:20
  • Thanks @AdrianLarson! I've worked with StackOverflow a fair amount, so trying to follow same procedures. Nice to see the community is friendlier on this side ;)
    – ryanm
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 18:28

2 Answers 2


You have to add in your query the Name field :

Your query would look like this : SELECT Name, LastName, FirstName, MailingStreet, MailingCity, MailingState, MailingPostalCode, Id FROM Contact

Then when you update the lastname or firstname it will send a notification.

salesforce documentation : https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.api_streaming.meta/api_streaming/pushtopic_queries_compound_fields.htm

  • @ryanm you should accept this answer. The official docs referred to clearly states why your update is not firing and how to fix the issue.
    – JannieT
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 7:54
  • It seems this issue also affects lead as well. Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 23:20
  1. Try adding a where clause (it can be something that is always expected to be true such as created date after 1900)
  2. Change NotifyForFields to Select
  • Thanks for the ideas! I am no longer actively working on this project, so it may take some time for me to vet these. Meanwhile, if anyone in the community can test / vet these and they work, please let me know. While #1 may work, it is a workaround. I'm OK with workarounds, so long as they are long-term (won't get munged by an API minor version update) and they fix the glitch. Seems the glitch is on SalesForce's side for this problem.
    – ryanm
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 15:48

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