I have written a trigger by seeing various website but I am unable to. My parent object is standard object and child object is custom. How can I write a simple trigger to auto populate some fields in parent object when child record is inserted having lookup to parent?

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    Try using Process Builder first. You may not need to write code at all.
    – sfdcfox
    Apr 23, 2017 at 14:55

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For your requirement, I have written a trigger on Custom Object whose parent is a Standard object.

I have created a custom object named Custom Object for make it easy to understand by its name only that it is a custom object. And the Parent of this custom object is a Standard object that is Account.

Custom Object----> Custom_Object__c Fields---> Account_Name__c(lookup for Account) -Age__c(number) -Contact_Number__c(Phone).

And I have also made some custom fields in Account to store the value from the custom object when I auto populate the value of the field via a trigger.

Standard Object---> Account Fields---> CO_Name__c(text) -CO_Age__c(number) -CO_Contact_Number__c(phone).

Trigger on Custom_Object__c

trigger TriggerOnCustomObject on Custom_Object__c (before insert){

Trigger Class:

public class AutoFillTheAccountFields{
    public static void demo(list<Custom_Object__c> COlist){
        set<ID> AccIDSet = new set<ID>();
        list<Account> acclist = new list<Account>();
        map<ID , Account> accmap = new map<ID , Account>();
        list<Account> updateAcclist = new list<Account>();
        for(Custom_Object__c CO : COlist){
            if(CO.Account_Name__c != Null){
        if(AccIDSet.size() > 0){
            acclist = [ SELECT Id , CO_Name__c , CO_Age__c , CO_Contact_Number__c FROM Account WHERE ID IN: AccIDSet ];
        for(Account acc : acclist){
            if(accmap.get(acc.Id) == Null){
                accmap.put(acc.Id , acc);
        for(Custom_Object__c cust : COlist){
            if(cust.Account_Name__c != Null){
                Account acc = accmap.get(cust.Account_Name__c);
                acc.CO_Name__c= cust.Name;
                acc.CO_Age__c = cust.Age__c;
                acc.CO_Contact_Number__c = cust.Contact_Number__c;
         update updateAcclist;



Do you really need a trigger here? Try out if you can do this in Process Builder as you might save yourself a lot of time maintaining that trigger later on.

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