I am trying to avoid using any SOAP service for such simple operations as below:

  • The picklist of all Lead Statuses (including inactive)
  • The picklist of Stages/Statuses attached to a Record Type
  • The picklist of all Task types

Taking the last requirement, this should be possible with the Tooling API with a soql query

I am told there are 3 fields:

  1. Fullname
  2. Sorted
  3. StandardValue (the picklist array)

How am I supposed to query this? I have tried SELECT StandardValue FROM StandardValueSet Where Fullname = 'Task.Type' and this returns an error:

SELECT StandardValue FROM StandardValueSet ^ ERROR at Row:1:Column:8 No such column 'StandardValue' on entity 'StandardValueSet'. If you are attempting to use a custom field, be sure to append the '__c' after the custom field name. Please reference your WSDL or the describe call for the appropriate names.

How does anyone manage to work with Salesforce with such poor documentation?

1 Answer 1


You can run this query SELECT id,durableid,metadata,fullname,masterlabel FROM StandardValueSet where masterlabel='TaskType' where MetaData object will be having the picklist values in an array variable standardvalue

You can check in workbench to understand more about the underlying architecture. I've attached a snapshot below. And follow is the rest query to check in workbench:

Note: masterLabel/DurableId filter is mandatory for the qyery.

Workbench Picklist TaskType Query Response

For any other standard picklist to query you can use following link to get associated masterLabel/DurableId Labels for Standard Picklist Values

  • Thanks so much. I managed to solve my second requirement with a simple query SELECT Metadata FROM BusinessProcess Where Id = '019xxx' The first requirement is impossible, there seems to be no way to find out inactive lead statuses. Aug 13, 2017 at 17:25
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    Thank you for your answer @RSG, is it possible to then update a StandardValueSet?
    – Blake
    Jan 19, 2023 at 19:55

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