I came across something weird, SOQL which has a filter as cross-Object picklist field doesn't return rows, even if records exist.

Minimum viable code to replicate:

  1. Create a new custom metadata type, Name it as 'Parent'
  2. Create a picklist filed on it, name it as 'Type__C' and provide 2 value choices for it namely 'Option1' and 'Option2'
  3. Create a new record for Parent, name it as 'Dad' and chose 'Type__c' as 'Option1'
  4. Create a new custom metadata type , Name it as 'Child'
  5. On child, create a new custom metadata relationship field name it as 'Parent__c'
  6. Create a new record of Child and select parent as 'Dad' record (As in step 3)
  7. Now run this SOQl

    SELECT DeveloperName,Id,Parent__r.Type__c FROM Child__mdt where Parent__r.Type__c='Option1'

It will return zero rows, even if It has records that meet these criteria.

Converting that field (Type__c) from Picklist to free-text makes it work, but then I cannot use the restricted picklist feature and it is now more prone to errors.

I cannot use, validation rule as well because it has 20+ values so it will be overhead to do.

Does anyone know about this bug? I couldn't find it on known issue as well. Is there any workaround for this?

Edit: If I direct query parent object with the same filter, it works. :(

Edit (18/12/2018) : After days of back and forth, they have recognized this as a bug (W-5709686 ), and there is No ETA for the fix.

  • Is it normal picklist, or multivalue? I am thinking about INCLUDE operator in WHERE clause, could that be a point?
    – patryk
    Jun 18, 2018 at 17:47
  • Normal picklist, no multislect Jun 18, 2018 at 17:48
  • As of this writing, the bug is still not fixed. Another confirmation of the issue clarifies that it's an internally-logged bug, thus not on Known Issues site.
    – identigral
    Feb 27, 2020 at 3:57

1 Answer 1


The reason of this issue is that query field on parent returns [Object object] which is unable to capture it and equate with String type value(s).

The work-around can be that use inner SOQL from Parent metadata to Child metadata, like

List<Parent__mdt> lstEntitlementMetadata = [SELECT Id, Type__c, 
(SELECT Id FROM Child_relationship_name__r) 
FROM Parent__mdt WHERE Type__c='Option1'];

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