In a custom (Visualforce) setup page, I would like to provide links that open the "Manage" view for some of our custom settings.

Can URLFOR (or some other mechanism) provide such a URL? This also needs to work in Lightning Experience.


If you simply navigate to Setup > Custom Settings, and then copy the Manage link, it will look like below:


So it should be fairly easy to generate programatically in Apex.

String relativePath = '/setup/ui/listCustomSettingsData.apexp';
String queryString = '?id=' + SObjectType.My_Setting__c.getKeyPrefix();
String manageUrl = URL.getOrgDomainUrl() + relativePath + queryString;

If you are creating this link in Visualforce and don't want to use Apex, I think it should still work using the $ObjectType global variable.

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  • We have been burned a lot by this sort of URL hacking failing in Lightning so was wondering if there is a documented API approach. – Keith C Jun 5 '19 at 14:50
  • @KeithC - if you've been burned by doing this programmtically in the past, can you store the URL for the custom setting in your custom setting (or another custom setting)? – PartOfTheOhana Jun 5 '19 at 15:12
  • A Custom Label would be more appropriate here if that sort of configurability is desired. – Adrian Larson Jun 5 '19 at 15:58

Managing Custom Settings in Lightning are always a challenge in my view. I would suggest taking a look at what Salesforce.org does here in the NPSP Package:

Basically, they created a wrapper VF page that then lets you navigate to each setting that lives in its own included VF page, and you can then edit/update with a simple shared controller. Yes, it is more overhead, but I just implemented it for someone else who had a bunch of settings for their managed package, and it provides a simple interface to update all custom settings.

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  • Thanks for this; probably a bit too much work for my case but good to know. – Keith C Jun 5 '19 at 14:51

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