I have a PushTopic created, and have a VF page with some js in it that subscribes to the topic and logs any results to the console. I've verified that I'm getting results if I'm logged in as a standard user viewing the VF page. However, if I'm logged in as a customer community user, I see no results -- I also see no errors, which is frustrating.

I'm fairly certain the issue is the customer community profile does not have access to the PushTopic object. I haven't been able to find anything in the docs, though, that says that only standard users can be granted permissions on that object.

Is there something that I'm missing? Perhaps there a trick to making PushTopics available to community users? Or does the streaming API truly only work for standard users?

  • Have you tried adding without sharing to the class that surfaces the PushTopic query? And are these Customer Community Login Users or just guests? Apr 21, 2014 at 19:14
  • They are authenticated Customer Community users, not the guest site user. Unfortunately without sharing won't work because of the need to limit the topic results to records the authenticated user owns.
    – Tim Smith
    Apr 21, 2014 at 20:03
  • So you have a PushTopic for each user...? Can you check this out and give feedback? salesforce.stackexchange.com/a/30223/320 Apr 21, 2014 at 20:08
  • No just one topic, as the query respects sharing rules. There are other reasons that prevent us from losing the with sharing -- it is good to know about the supported expressions, though, so thanks!
    – Tim Smith
    Apr 21, 2014 at 21:35
  • Did you ever find a solution to give access to customer community users?
    – Jorjani
    Jun 28, 2016 at 15:38

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You cannot give community users access to the Push Topic object. it is not available on profiles and if you try to assign it via permission sets, you get the error "Can't assign permission set StreamingAPI to user xxxxxxx. The user license doesn't allow the permission: Read Push Topics"

  • Is this for sure the case? i.e., There is no way to give access to customer community users?
    – Jorjani
    Jun 28, 2016 at 15:36
  • I wasn't able to find any documentation or confirmation, just to see that it does not show on the Profile and throws that error when assigning a permission set. I did try talking to one of the engineers at the world tour and they didn't seem familiar with the limitation. You can always try reaching out to your account exec and ask them if this is something they could enable for you.
    – brezotom
    Jun 28, 2016 at 16:54

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