Is it possible to add/change/delete Community members using Apex? I know how to do this via the UI (see picture below), but I'm looking to automate some things on the demo side of the business for our sales reps.

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    Good question! AFAIK, we might not be able to get this functionality via Apex. I would like to see if anyone have ever solved this using Apex. +1 – Arnold Jr. Jan 13 '20 at 19:38
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    I think you can do it using the Metadata API. Is that an option? – David Reed Jan 13 '20 at 19:39
  • I haven't invoked the Metadata API via Apex before. Where would I go to find examples of that? – Michael Sobczak Jan 13 '20 at 20:06
  • I didn't mean via Apex as such (although that is possible but deeply messy, apex-mdapi) - how are you creating these demo orgs? Can you run an MDAPI deployment as part of the process? – David Reed Jan 13 '20 at 20:14
  • Our demo orgs are Trialforced. I'm not sure if MDAPI can be called as part of the process. – Michael Sobczak Jan 13 '20 at 22:08

Although Salesforce says 'create' allowed on Network Member: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.api.meta/api/sforce_api_objects_networkmember.htm, but seems that not allowed using apex code. No worries, we can make a post REST call for the same:

First add your salesforce base url as remote site setting then add this code as part of your implementation:

        String endpoint = URL.getSalesforceBaseUrl().toExternalForm()+'/services/data/v47.0/sobjects/NetworkMemberGroup';
        HttpRequest httpRequest = new HttpRequest();  
        httpRequest.setHeader('Authorization', 'Bearer ' + UserInfo.getSessionID()); 
        httpRequest.setHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json;charset=UTF-8'); 

        //Change network id and profile/permission set Id
        Http http = new Http();
        HttpResponse httpResponse = http.send(httpRequest);

A very detailed explanation is given here: https://sfdcian.com/manage-community-member-programmatically/

  • How would I use that technique to add community members? – Michael Sobczak Apr 13 '20 at 16:55
  • Add community profile id as ParentId field... – Ayub Apr 13 '20 at 17:54

I feel you can simplify things using the permission set. You can give community access using permission sets.

And the best thing is we can assign permission sets using apex. Thus simplifying your work would be just assigning PS to the select user in apex.

 PermissionSetAssignment psa = new PermissionSetAssignment
    (PermissionSetId = communityAccessPS, AssigneeId = userId);
    insert psa;      

src: Assigning permission set to user in apex

  • I don't think this technique can be used to change the sharing settings for external users to Public Read/Write. – Michael Sobczak Apr 14 '20 at 13:12
  • @MichaelSobczak but main question was how to add or remove community member via apex? And the above solution works? – Pranay Jaiswal Apr 14 '20 at 13:21
  • My mistake! I have two issues going on, both involve community settings. – Michael Sobczak Apr 14 '20 at 13:36

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