I am trying to create a custom tab just like Accounts Tab.

I was able to fetch the detail on my custom tab.but I donot have any idea how i need to get the related list like contact which is related to the record i am opening

My apex code is

<apex:page controller="ClassRetrieve" >
<apex:panelGrid columns="2">
<apex:form >
  <apex:commandButton value="New Account" action="{!NewAccount}"/>
<apex:pageBlock >
  <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!accs}" var="a">
    <apex:column headerValue="Name" >

                        <apex:commandLink value="{!a.name}" action="{!accountClicked}">
                          <apex:param name="nickName"

My controller

public class ClassRetrieve {

Public string recordId{get;set;}
public List<Account> contactsInformation { get; set; }
public list<Account> accs {get;set;}

public ClassRetrieve()
    accs = [Select Id,Name From Account];

public pagereference accountClicked() 
    pagereference redirect = new PageReference('/apex/recordPage?id='+recordId);
    return redirect;

Public pagereference NewAccount()
    pagereference newAccpage = new pagereference('/apex/newAccount');
    return newaccpage;

Page that displays the record is like

VF page

<apex:page controller="recordPageCont">  
create an custom email Field on account
  add edit / cancel buton <br/>
  add realted list using repeter eg Contacts using soql query
  <apex:form >
  <apex:pageBlock >
  <apex:pageBlockButtons >
       <apex:commandButton value="Edit" action="{!EditAccount}"/>
       <apex:commandButton value="Cancel" action="{!CancelButton}"/>
  <apex:pageBlockSection >
     <apex:outputField value="{!objAccount.Name}"/>
     <apex:outputField value="{!objAccount.AccountNumber} "/>
     <apex:outputField value="{!objAccount.Type} "/>
     <apex:outputField value="{!objAccount.industry} "/>
     <apex:outputField value="{!objAccount.Rating} "/>
     <b>Email</b> {!objAccount.Name}@salesforce.com

apex is

public class recordPageCont {
public Account objAccount{get;set;}
Public string recId{get;set;}

    public recordPageCont ()
         recId = apexpages.currentpage().getparameters().get('id');
        objAccount =[SELECT Name, AccountNumber ,Type , Industry , Rating FROM account
                        WHERE ID = :recId ];

    Public pagereference Editaccount()
        Pagereference edtaccount = new Pagereference('/apex/editaccount?id='+recid);
        return edtaccount;

    public pagereference cancelButton()
        Pagereference cnclbutton = new Pagereference('/apex/accountdisplay');
        return cnclbutton;


please help..Any idea is welcome :)

  • You don't need custom controllers for any of this. You should read up on Standard Controllers and the apex:relatedList component. None of the above requires apex.
    – Adrian Larson
    May 20, 2015 at 15:52
  • Also make sure to add the inline edit functionality that will be an attracting features for your User group. <apex:inlineEditSupport showOnEdit="saveButton" event="ondblclick"/>
    – DJD
    May 20, 2015 at 18:01
  • I want to create a related lisk with custom code @adrian Larson May 21, 2015 at 8:11
  • Don't use Apex where you don't have to. Unless you have strong reasons not to, generally err on the side of using standard functionality. @AnkitaSingh
    – Adrian Larson
    May 21, 2015 at 14:47

2 Answers 2


You can fetch related contacts within same query in "recordPageCont" class, the query can be modified to:-

    objAccount =[SELECT Name, AccountNumber ,Type , Industry , Rating, 
(select firstname, lastname from Contact) FROM account
                            WHERE ID = :recId ];

Also, I would suggest referring to other components provided by Salesforce

  1. apex:relatedlist
  2. apex:enhancedList

To understand more about relationship queries refer to:-

  • I am getting an error for above query " Didn't understand relationship 'Contact' in FROM part of query call. If you are attempting to use a custom relationship, be sure to append the '__r' after the custom relationship name. Please reference your WSDL or the describe call for the appropriate names. at line 8 column 21" May 21, 2015 at 8:12
  • Can you check if your profile (being used for testing) has appropriate access to Contact object?
    – Anshul
    May 21, 2015 at 15:20
  • objAccount =[SELECT Name, AccountNumber ,Type , Industry , Rating, (select firstname, lastname from Contacts) FROM account WHERE ID = :recId ]; Please try the above query. The child relationship is Contacts instead of Contact Jun 4, 2015 at 10:13

Sans Apex:

<apex:page standardController="Account">
    <apex:relatedList list="Contacts" />
  • @Sans Apex - pls let me know where to add this May 21, 2015 at 8:12
  • This would be your whole VisualForce Page. Because it has an Account standard controller, you can add it as a button on Account or to the Page Layout.
    – Adrian Larson
    May 21, 2015 at 14:48

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