I was hoping I could get assistance with this error I'm receiving when my Apex classes are running.

Failed First error: Attempt to de-reference a null object

I couldn't find a specific object that would be null in my code and wasn't sure how I could trace it to a line in my code.

In summary I have an active process builder that sends variables to an invokable method, which then runs another class to call out to an external API.


global class InfluitiveEventsAPIHelper {
    //Method that accepts the ContactIDs from Process Builder and process through Influitive's API
    global static void updateContactStateInfo(List<EventsRequest > eventRequest) {
        Id recordId= eventRequest[0].recordId;
        String event_type= eventRequest[0].event_type;
        String points= eventRequest[0].points;
        String stagecode= eventRequest[0].stagecode;

        Contact con = [SELECT Id FROM Contact WHERE Id=: recordId];
        System.debug('updateContactStateInfo, con=' + con);
        Influitive_EventsAPI_Post.postEvent(con.Id, points, event_type, stagecode);


    global class EventsRequest {
        global ID recordId;

        global String event_type;

        global String points;

        global String stagecode;



global class Influitive_EventsAPI_Post {

    public static HttpCalloutMock mock = null; // this is populated while call is from test class

    public class Message {
        public Event event;  // Event information


    //Event information
    public class Event{
        public Contact contact;
        public String points;
        public String type;
        public Stage stage;


    public class Contact {
        public String id;

    public class Stage {
        public String code;

    // this method convert the message object to the JSON string which is used to send information
    // to the Influitive's referral API in a post request
    private static String toJsonString(Message m) {
        return JSON.serializePretty(m.event);

     * it will send the updated event information to the Influitive API.
    @future (callout=true)
    public static void postEvent(Id objectId, String points, String type, String stagecode) {

        Event e = new Event();

        e.contact.id = objectId;
        e.points = points;
        e.type = type;
        e.stage.code = stagecode;

        //retrive Authorization and X Org ID from Custom settings.
        ReferralSettings__c authSettings = ReferralSettings__c.getValues('Authorization');
        ReferralSettings__c xOrgIdSettings = ReferralSettings__c.getValues('X_ORG_ID');

        System.debug('authSettings =' + authSettings  + 'xOrgIdSettings=' + xOrgIdSettings );

        // Instantiate a new HTTP request, specify the method (PUT) as well as the endpoint  
        String url='https://api.influitive.com/events';
        Http h = new Http();
        HttpRequest req = new HttpRequest();
        req.setHeader('Authorization', authSettings.Value__c);
        req.setHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json');
        req.setHeader('X_ORG_ID', xOrgIdSettings.Value__c);

        Message m = new Message();
        m.event = e;

        String body = toJsonString(m);
        System.debug('this is the body');

        HttpResponse res = null;

        if (Test.isRunningTest() && (mock!=null)) {
           res = mock.respond(req);
        } else {
            res = h.send(req);

        System.debug('Response: '+ res.getBody());
        System.debug('Response: '+ res.getStatusCode());
        String sInteger = String.valueOf(res.getStatusCode());

       // Add notes to contact

        note n = new note();
        n.parentId= objectId; //Id of the object for which you want to add this note
        n.body=sInteger + url + authSettings.Value__c + xOrgIdSettings.Value__c; // body of the note. this should be populated from the notes field that you have shown in the screenshot
        n.title = 'Response from Influitive API at ' + datetime.now(); // the title of the note
        n.isPrivate=false;  // if private it will be visible only for the owner and any user with modify all permission
        insert n; //insert the record



System.NullPointerException: Attempt to de-reference a null object

Class.Influitive_EventsAPI_Post.postEvent: line 47, column 1

This is line 47 of my code:

e.contact.id = objectId;
  • Please edit your post to clarify which line is 47, as it appears to be a line which could not throw this error: ReferralSettings__c authSettings = ReferralSettings__c.getValues('Authorization');. – Adrian Larson Oct 12 '17 at 16:24

Set the lookup using the field. Its API Name is ContactId.

e.ContactId = objectId;

When you use e.Contact.Id instead, what you are doing is first retrieving e.Contact, then trying to set a value on it. That wouldn't work for setting the relationship even if this related record weren't null. Here's an equivalent version of what you currently have:

Event e = new Event();
Contact relatedContact = e.Contact; // this value is null
relatedContact.Id = someValue; // here you try to de-reference null.Id

See also:


I resolved the issue as I wasn't instantiating the nested objects.

this did the trick:

//Event information
public class Event{
    public Contact contact = new Contact();
    public String points;
    public String type;
    public Stage stage = new Stage();


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