Working with a very large and complex salesforce setup, we have a custom object with several lookup fields to external objects. These are easy to check.

I was hoping there would be an easy way to list all fields which "reference" this object (albeit a lookup or a formula).

I've looked in the Schema Builder, however that just produces an unintelligible mass of lines of which I cannot see how to highlight a single line of differentiate between an "inbound" and "outbound" relationship reference.

Any thoughts?

  • You can bring all of the fields/objects into Eclipse, and grep search the project.
    – dphil
    Jun 12, 2014 at 13:57

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One way is to use workbench, it will list all child relationships for any object:

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Workbench uses the force.com Describe methods, they are available in the SOAP API, REST API and Apex.

  • Is there any way to find Formula that reference an object or field on an object?
    – Nick
    Jun 12, 2014 at 13:48
  • Out of the box: not that I know. You could download metadata(config) and search the files, either the eclipse IDE or Mavensmate IDE are capable of this. Jun 12, 2014 at 13:51

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