I am trying to retrieve Settings Metadata using Metadata API. The request body is as follows:-

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/"xmlns:tns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">

The output is showing me error enter image description here

But when I am trying to retrieve these same settings through workbench, I am able to successfully do it. Here is my package.xml


Here is output from the workbench

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Any lead, what I am doing wrong in the SOAP call. anything would be highly appreciable

  • Security related note: Try to mask the secrets like session id when posting an example otherwise it might be taken advantage of by some bad actors.
    – metasync
    Mar 4, 2022 at 6:42

1 Answer 1


You are missing apiVersion field in the soap request. I believe that field auto-populated by workbench. If you don't specify, sfdc will assume it as first supported version (in my case it was 12). You can check this by viewing the package.xml returned in the retrieve response.

  • Whatever listmetadata is showing in the response.. I am trying to retrieve those settings only.. Mar 4, 2022 at 7:03
  • +1 <result> <createdById>0055f000002stKHAAY</createdById> <createdByName>Peter Parker</createdByName> <createdDate>1970-01-01T00:00:00.000Z</createdDate> <fileName>settings/DevHub.settings</fileName> <fullName>DevHub</fullName> <lastModifiedById>0055f000002stKHAAY</lastModifiedById> <lastModifiedDate>1970-01-01T00:00:00.000Z</lastModifiedDate> <type>Settings</type> </result> @metasync Mar 4, 2022 at 7:08
  • Thanks, Buddy..! This is working Mar 4, 2022 at 10:21

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