Is it possible to dynamically retrieve the fields on a certain layout? Possibly through something like DescribeLayout()? I'm having trouble finding examples on how to build a lightning component with just the fields that are in a specific page layout.


You can synchronously pull details of a page layout in Apex using the Apex Metadata API. Here's a quick example of walking through the layout metadata, freely adapted from Trailhead:

List<Metadata.Metadata> layouts = 
                                 new List<String> {'Account-Account Layout'});

Metadata.Layout layoutMd = (Metadata.Layout)layouts.get(0);
for (Metadata.LayoutSection section : layoutMd.layoutSections) {
    for (Metadata.LayoutColumn column : section.layoutColumns) {
        if (column.layoutItems != null) {
            for (Metadata.LayoutItem item : column.layoutItems) {

If you inspect the log after running this in Execute Anonymous, you'll find, e.g.,

11:56:57:079 USER_DEBUG [10]|DEBUG|Name
11:56:57:079 USER_DEBUG [10]|DEBUG|ParentId
11:56:57:079 USER_DEBUG [10]|DEBUG|Phone

and so forth.

  • One more question :) Is it possible to getLabel() on the field? – Jeff May 25 '18 at 22:39
  • Oddly, the Metadata.LayoutItem class doesn't include the label, but you can easily get it from the Describe API. – David Reed May 25 '18 at 22:42
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    Is there any way to get fields in the order present on the page layout? – Krishnan Mishra Nov 21 '19 at 7:43
  • @KrishnanMishra Metadata mentioned above has layout sections with layout columns with fields in the order like in page layout in UI. You can also use Tooling API for this – Igor Vasylevskyi Oct 21 '20 at 11:55

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