I have created a basic trigger and want to insert a content library whenever an application is created but am receiving this error:

Error: Invalid Data. Review all error messages below to correct your data. Apex trigger GenerateLibraryTrigger caused an unexpected exception, contact your administrator: GenerateLibraryTrigger: execution of AfterInsert caused by: System.DmlException: Insert failed. First exception on row 0; first error: MIXED_DML_OPERATION, DML operation on setup object is not permitted after you have updated a non-setup object (or vice versa): ContentWorkspace, original object: Application__c: []: Trigger.GenerateLibraryTrigger: line 9, column 1


trigger GenerateLibraryTrigger on Application__c (after insert) {

ContentWorkspace lib = new ContentWorkspace();

for(Application__c a: trigger.new){
    insert lib;
    System.debug('lib' + lib);  } }

1 Answer 1


You are going to have to move your logic to a future method to create a separate transaction. To do so, you will need to move this logic to a separate class (which you should be doing anyway). Note that you also should not be calling any DML, futures, etc within a for loop. This is bulkification 101. Create a collection of names, then pass them in once your loop is done.

public class ApplicationService
    public static void createContentWorkspaces(List<Application__c> records)
        Set<String> names = new Set<String>();
        for (Application__c record : records)

    public static void createContentWorkspaces(Set<String> name)
        List<ContentWorkspace> records = new List<ContentWorkspace>();
        for (String name : names) records.add(new ContentWorkspace(Name=name));
        insert records;

See also: Mixed DML Operations in Test Methods.


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