I want to return a URL with a location hash in a page reference, but it appears that the system strips it out. Anybody know of a way to make this work without resorting to javascript? I can think of some ways to do it like that but I'd rather stick with standard functionality if possible.

This code:

 ApexPages.PageReference pr = new ApexPages.PageReference('/apex/APage#' + obj.Get('Id'));
 return pr;

Results in this URL in the browser:


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  • I just posted an answer showing these methods, but it's not working for me right now! Will have to post when I get something functioning correctly. – Matt Lacey Jul 30 '14 at 8:06
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    Dang! Do you have the latest & greatest metadata version on all of the files involved with your page (including the page)? Looking forward to seeing this work using the PageReference class. – Mark Pond Jul 30 '14 at 8:10
  • Yeah, all brand new stuff. Looks like Lance might have found the secret incantations! – Matt Lacey Jul 30 '14 at 10:40

This seems to be a Salesforce bug to me. I did some investigation on this:

ApexPages.PageReference pr = new ApexPages.PageReference('/apex/newTestPage');
return pr;

pr.getAnchor() returns 123 and pr.getUrl returns apex/newTestPage#123 with no issue. But on the returning page, it is still /apex/newTestPage

However, I changed the pr definition line to be:

ApexPages.PageReference pr = new ApexPages.PageReference('/apex/newTestPage?id=456');

The returning page becomes /apex/newTestPage?id=456#123, which contains the anchor.

So one easy walk around is just include something like ?id=456 will resolve your issue. It is strange though however works.

  • Nice one Lance, I had a quick crack with the methods but observed it not working, didn't think to try a parameter! – Matt Lacey Jul 30 '14 at 10:39
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    In case anyone is interested, this issue also came up when redirecting to an Angular JS page that includes a hash tag for routing purposes (ex. /apex/angularPage#/contact/:contactId). Adding a parameter before the hash tag fixes the issue here too (ex. /apex/angularPage?a=1#/contact/:contactId). (Apologies for the repost, there was a typo in the workaround example). – Kyle Apr 17 '15 at 14:41

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