i am new to salesforce programming , and i am trying to send a file through HttpRequest to a 3rd party . the file i am trying to send is a report converted to csv format or text !! is there a way to do that ? and if there is at least tell me the functions or the classes that i need to use, or how to do it ?!

many thanks


You can get the contents of the report by using a PageReference:

String reportText = new PageReference('/'+reportId+'?csv=1').getContent().toString();

From there, you can send the data to your third-party server:

HttpRequest req = new HttpRequest();

HttpResponse response = new Http().send(req);
// Check for 200 status here

Note: You can only use this technique in synchronous, non-trigger context (so, a Visualforce page or RemoteAction/webservice/etc call). Batches, triggers, test methods, apex email services, and scheduled jobs aren't allowed to use getContent.

  • thank you my friend , you are awesome :) you are my savior :) , maybe you can help me with this too though , how do i overcome the 3MB limit when sending a post ? is there some indirect way ? – eassa May 18 '15 at 6:25
  • @eassa The 3MB limit is a hard limit. You can't break it. If you had control of the receiving application, you could write a method that allows partial file transfers, and some systems might have a method of uploading parts of a file (like a sort of "resume" method), but that's typically pretty rare. – sfdcfox May 18 '15 at 6:42

You should be able to retrieve report data using the Analytics API. I'm not well versed with it, so I can only offer you the resource:


  • thx bro :) i will look into it :) – eassa May 18 '15 at 6:28

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