I have a requirement where i have to download archived content from external system. However, salesforce does not allow to get archived content from REST API.

The way i can download the archived content is using servlet.shepherd url (/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/0691g00000abcde). For this, I have to be logged in the system and then only i can download which is not possible when trying to retrieve content from external application.

So, I thought of creating a site in salesforce that can be accessed by any guest user. A vf page is associated with the site called TestVFPage.

<apex:page action="{!haveContent}" controller="SQX_TEST_APX">

The controller method is

public class SQX_TEST_APX {
    public PageReference haveContent(){
return new PageReference('/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/0691g000000ABCDEF');

Using above code, I can download the content in incognito mode in browser. However, I want to get the content as api call from external system. I get the following response using POSTMAN,

   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">


        function redirectOnLoad() {
if (this.SfdcApp && this.SfdcApp.projectOneNavigator) { SfdcApp.projectOneNavigator.handleRedirect('/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/0691g000000dXzNAAU'); }  else 
if (window.location.replace){ 
} else {
window.location.href ='/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/0691g000000dXzNAAU';



So, Is it possible to get archive content from external system as api calls (or sth similar).

I understand that unarchived content can be retrieved using REST calls. I want archived content and feed it to a system.

1 Answer 1


You might want to check this video explaining how to "Download Attachments & Files from Salesforce using NodeJs application"

The script uses jsforce to connect to salesforce and runs a query to download files.

Its about downloading attachments but you can adapt the query for ContentDocument with isArchived = true and other filters for your use case.

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