Standard Fields can't be retrieved (supported by SFDC)

Issue #410 resolved
Petr Švestka created an issue

Hi Scott,

I noticed that standard fields, e.g., picklists, can't be retrieved in IC. However, this is supported by Salesforce.

Here's an example of package.xml that works:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="">

Can you have a look please?

Thank you.

Kind regards, Petr

Comments (8)

  1. Scott Wells repo owner

    Hi, Petr. You're correct that right now IC doesn't allow retrieval of standard/system fields, only custom fields, nor does it allow retrieval of standard/system SObjects, only customizations to those SObjects (custom fields, validation rules, layouts, etc.). The rationale is that if you were to retrieve that metadata, you wouldn't be allowed to deploy it because it's considered immutable. Do you mind elaborating on the use case for retrieving standard/system metadata? I'm not staunchly opposed to adding it, but I'd like to understand how it would be used so that it doesn't cause a side-effect of failed deployments.

  2. Petr Švestka reporter

    Hi Scott,

    The use case is to migrate added picklist values. I add these values via Salesforce setup and normally would retrieve the field and submit the source code into VCS for the build server to push it to a next org. says that "Standard fields that aren’t customizable, such as autonumber fields or system fields" are not supported. However, this doesn't apply to standard picklists, because you can adjust them in setup and retrieve via ANT. I'd expect that deploy would work too:-)

  3. Scott Wells repo owner

    Gotcha! That helps, Petr. Thanks for the supporting link as well. Let me take a look at what I can do address this gap for you.

  4. Scott Wells repo owner

    I'm pretty sure that the primary motivation for this has been resolved in with support for StandardValueSet in the IDE. Please let me know if it's still not providing what you need.

  5. Malte Müller


    sorry to warm up this old issue again, but I am new to Salesforce and we are working with IlluminatedCloud.

    But I have no idea how I would achieve autocomplete for picklists? How would I retrieve picklists or global value sets with Illuminated and use them inside of IntelliJ?

    Inside the OfflineSymbolsTables picklists are just “strings” as I see. Do I need to add them manually to the package.xml or how would I get something like an java enum that provides me with the values inside of the IDE?

    Kind regards

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