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We are implementing a high-security project which will be manage packaged.We are planning to use custom metadata types to store master data in 2 tables. These 2 tables are like a master->detail.I had a plan to make them Protected so that the subscriber org is not allowed to edit/delete. If the records are Protected, then can the subscriber org edit the existing records using Metadata API?

Please share your knowledge/opinion on this question.

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    No. Subscriber org can't do anything with protected records by any way.
    – Mr.Frodo
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 6:13

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As per my knowledge and understanding, once you create your manage package which will include custom metadata records as well are not editable/deletable, but then the end environment can add the records on top of it. In custom metadata the records are similar to metadata in Custom Metadata Types, So after building manage package the user will not be able to delete like any other manage package components.

Refer below link for more details:

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/modules/custom_metadata_types/units/custom_metadata_types_manageability

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