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How I can retrieve "Community" metadata in Salesforce and will make to deploy for example to QA org. Need I create community/site in QA with equal site name how in DevOrg before deployment?.

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How I can retrieve "Community" metadata in Salesforce and will make to deploy for example to QA org

depends on which deployment tool r u using?

--if you using change set just follow "community deployment by change set" below link

-- by sfdx you have to create package.xml as below code snippet then retrieve by using sfdx command

sfdx force:source:retrieve --manifest manifest\package.xml  -u source org

Need I create community/site in QA with equal site name how in DevOrg before deployment?.

---yes you have to create Community with same name in your target org before deployment.

My very rough notes below:

Community metadata deployment is not straightforward like others. some of the things you need to do in manually in target org like (publish & assign audiences). for community deployment you have to follow the order strictly other wise it 'll get errors keep on.

--if your using change set deployment, Network is main key metadata component for choose.community deployment by change set

-- if you want deploy by SFDX you have to follow below steps.

  1. first deployed the Community's Apex framework like(objects,fields,lightning components,apex classes/triggers)
  2. and then the Network/CustomSite/SiteDotCom metadata,
  3. and finally the Branding and Content Asset metadata

your package.xml should be like below.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">
    <types>
        <members>DSN</members>
        <name>CustomSite</name>
    </types>
    <types>
        <members>DSN</members>
        <name>Network</name>
    </types>
    <types>
        <members>DSN_C</members>
        <name>SiteDotCom</name>
    </types>
    <types>
        <members>A_Faculty</members>
        <members>B_Faculty</members>
        <members>C_Faculty</members>
        <name>Audience</name>
    </types>
    <types>
        <members>cbDSN_Community</members>
        <name>NetworkBranding</name>
    </types>    
    <version>46.0</version>
</Package>
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  • Thanks for the open answer. Can I deploy metadata from DevOrg to DevOrg or I can only from sandbox to prodactionOrg?
    – Igor
    Commented Jul 25, 2019 at 16:15
  • yes you can deploy metadata again which deployment tool? by sfdx command 'sfdx force:mdapi:deploy -d mdapi-community/unpackaged -u target-org`
    – sdandamud1
    Commented Jul 25, 2019 at 16:24
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You can refer to Metadata developer guide for metadata names.

It would be CommunityTemplateDefinition.

You can refer to https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.api_meta.meta/api_meta/meta_communitytemplatedefinition.htm for all the sub-metadata for community.

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