I have just installed and configured Visual Studio Code. I have authorized my staging organization which contains a grip of apex classes and custom objects. How can I download the existing code into the newly created project?

I get no results with:

sfdx force:source:retrieve --sourcepath c:\Users\*****\Projects\****\force-app

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Another option is to use the SFDX: Create Project With Manifest command in VS Code (equivalent to using sfdx force:project:create with the -x or --manifest option), which will create your project with a manifest/package.xml file, that includes wildcard selectors for all the custom code types: ApexClass, ApexComponent, ApexPage, ApexTestSuite, ApexTrigger, and AuraDefinitionBundle, as well as StaticResource. Once you've authorized to a dev org or sandbox org that has code in it, you can use SFDX: Retrieve Source in Manifest From Org within VS Code. You can right-click on the package.xml file or use the command palette to find the command. This command is equivalent to sfdx force:source:retrieve -x ./manifest/package.xml.

  • Nice -- Learned something! Commented May 8, 2019 at 14:13
  • Thank you for you direction here, it was very helpful. Commented May 8, 2019 at 19:54
  • Really helpful :) Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 5:50

You don't need --sourcepath. It looks at where you are pointing and tries to pull items which match what you have there already.

What you do need is a package.xml file to get your entire metadata database; you might need help getting that file for your particular org.

Instead, you can do the following to get going with Apex or Lightning Component development:

force:project:create -n MyProject
cd MyProject
sfdx force:source:retrieve -m CustomObject
sfdx force:source:retrieve -m ApexClass
sfdx force:source:retrieve -m ApexPage
sfdx force:source:retrieve -m ApexClass
sfdx force:source:retrieve -m AuraDefinitionBundle
sfdx force:source:retrieve -m LightningComponentBundle

or you can use this nifty one-liner:

sfdx force:source:retrieve -m CustomObject,ApexClass,ApexPage,ApexTrigger,LightningComponentBundle,AuraDefinitionBundle

That will populate your source tree, and --sourcepath will work when it's pointed at one of those folders.

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    Just saw your version. PS you can combine -m params, like -m CustomObject,ApexClass,ApexPage,ApexTrigger,LightningComponentBundle,AuraDefinitionBundle.
    – sfdcfox
    Commented May 7, 2019 at 18:09
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    I kinda like to spread out the code when teaching! Commented May 7, 2019 at 18:22
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    Thank you this is very helpful. I wish I could mark two correct answers. Commented May 8, 2019 at 19:53

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