I create an email address as per spec. I get a huge email address


Is there any way to get a smaller email address?

A related question: I have a custom email setting which when I enter this email address it gets cropped. Is there anyway to specify the length for an email field?

I know I could do this by using String type instead of email type. I just wanted to check is there a more elegant solution.


  • Do you mean you generated an email address for Email Services and this is the result?
    – Wes Nolte
    Feb 19, 2013 at 19:35
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    As stupid as it sounds - can't you contact your email server admin and ask him to set up autoforwarding from "human friendly address" to "SF generated email"?
    – eyescream
    Feb 19, 2013 at 20:29
  • This has bitten me as well - maximum length for a User's Email is 80 characters... yet Email Services can have 100+ character addresses :( +1 Feb 19, 2013 at 21:13
  • @user31 that's the crux of the issue. Where you able to get the Email service to generate a smaller field?
    – dublintech
    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:42
  • If by chance your org instance gets assigned a shorter Email Services alias, you can delete and recreate the address and luck into one < 80 characters. I ended up using https://ifttt.com/ to get around it for a bit. Feb 20, 2013 at 10:13

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Currently you don't have an control over the email services receiver addresses. You'll need to accomodate the additional length in your settings.

I wasn't aware there was a limit to email field length, that is a pain. Given that custom settings are only accessed by administrators I think giving up the additional validation constraints for email fields in favor of the additional space for a text field is a pretty reasonable design decision.


Not sure if you use Google Apps within your company, but one of the things I did to shorten those email addresses up was create a group within Google Apps and have all emails to that group sent to the Salesforce generated email address.

Most email platforms should let you do something similar I would think.


I'm still running into this issue in 2020 with Lighting: Salesforce email services creates email addresses larger than 80 characters, but contacts are limited to 80 characters or less.

I ended up creating a distribution group in Exchange as a work around - what a shame.

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