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Is it possible to get the way a method is called in Apex? In my case, I need to determine how a trigger fires: if its called from a external API (jsForce) or if a user deletes a record through the normal Salesforce UI.

I know all of this can be monitored but I need the context in my Apex Trigger Handler.

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Triggers run at the database layer and hence are agnostic about how invoked. Options to distinguish external API from run of the mill UI operation:

  • ExternalAPI uses a specific userName as context user
  • ExternalAPI uses a user assigned a specific custom permission

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