We want to be able to use the debugging (breakpoints etc) that is available in SFDX scratch orgs for our managed packages. One of them has exceeded the default 3 million Apex character limit: developer edition orgs can have this raised via a support case.

Do SFDX scratch orgs impose the 3 million character limit, and if they do is there any way to get that limit raised for scratch orgs?

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I just checked in a Scratch org I created yesterday. It is a standard Developer Edition org.

You are currently using 1,797,594 characters of Apex Code (excluding comments and @isTest annotated classes) in your organization, out of an allowed limit of 10,000,000 characters. Note that the amount in use includes both Apex Classes and Triggers defined in your organization.

Seems that they default to a higher character limit.

More official answer from Salesforce DX Trailblazer community group.

A DE scratch org indeed has a default limit of 10M characters of apex code. We increased the number to accommodate requests for a higher limit and due to the inability to configure this in the scratch definition. We will evaluate if the default should be decreased with an added scratch def feature. [We] are also working on ways to better document the default limits.

Guess it would take too long to wait for Salesforce support to bump up the Apex limit on each new scratch org, so easier to just start with the higher limit.

  • That's great - thanks. (Yes I should have looked but didn't think to...)
    – Keith C
    Jan 18, 2018 at 19:42
  • @KeithC I'm trying to find some official documentation about the higher than normal limit. Seems like it could create some problems if you then try to deploy to an org with standard limits. Jan 18, 2018 at 19:43
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    The packaging org and some other dev orgs that we work in already have their limit increased via a support case: I guess that would be the way out for other orgs if work in the scratch org results in more than the 3 million characters.
    – Keith C
    Jan 18, 2018 at 19:47

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