You can see global methods in the managed package classes via Web UI. I have hundreds of managed package API classes that I need to search through by a keyword, to find a method that does what I need (or to know if there is even one like that).

Normally I run a full-text search of the Salesforce project in the IDE when I need to find something, but this does not work with managed classes, as their code in IDE is completely hidden, it's not even importing the global method definitions.

Any advice? I really would rather not spend hours opening each API class manually in the web UI whenever I need to find something.

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    Not an answer per-se, but potentially useful: I see from your comment on a deleted answer this is about the c2g namespace prefix, better known as FinancialForce accounting. I'll note there's web-based API documentation at developer.financialforce.com/technical-reference Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 1:54

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I have just been playing with the tooling API and discovered that it would be possible to retrieve the global method names for Apex classes within a managed package.

You could write a script that first queries all managed Apex classes (classes that have a namespace - there might be a better way to do this?):


And then retrieve the symbol table for each of these classes:


Response will contain a symbol table with global method names/types, properties etc which should look something like:

"SymbolTable": {
    "constructors": [],
    "externalReferences": [],
    "innerClasses": [],
    "methods": [ 
    "namespace": "NS",
    "properties": [

You could parse this to output a nice list that could serve as the documentation you are after.

Sorry that I haven't pieced together all of the puzzle. If you think that you would like to continue down this path I can work with you towards a proper solution.

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    I was toying with this too. I'm probably going to make it into a VF page... It's too useful not to.
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 22:50
  • Yes, although it looks like one would need to do a separate callout for each ApexClass in order to retrieve all of the symbol tables. I wonder if there is a more efficient way of achieving this? Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 23:56
  • @sfdcfox You might be interested in the Apex Tooling API, this blog has an example of querying the Symbol table using SOQL, the example is for a specific class but can be used to return multiple. andyinthecloud.com/2014/03/17/… Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 11:22
  • @luke.mcfarlane You can actually retrieve the Symbol Table as part of your first query, just include it as a field in the select, thus you will get a list back of all symbol tables for selected classes, SELECT ID, SymbolTable, NamespacePrefix FROM ApexClass WHERE NamespacePrefix ... Note that in the documentation it states that this results in a demand compile if things are not in the salesforce cache for example, if you get a timeout you can try again or i typically just ensure the user does a Compile All Classes before trying again from the Apex Class page. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27
  • That's nifty. I can use that directly in the code I deleted, I suppose...
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 16:50

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