Determine object type from the ID

posted Oct 14, 2014, 10:36 AM by Ezra Kenigsberg   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 12:31 PM ]

#DataTipOfTheDay 2014-10-14

Q: "I've got an ID, but can't figure out what object it is. How can I figure it out?"

A: First try navigating to the URL that uses the first three characters of the ID. For example, if your mystery ID is 001abcdefghijkl, navigate to https://na1.salesforce.com/001, and you'll find that your mystery ID is an Account.

If that doesn't help (because the object doesn't have a dedicated tab, or has a name that coincides with other objects), you can use Developer Console to figure it out. Props to the "Simply Salesforce.com" blog!

Edit: eh, I prefer running it in Workbench:
  1. Login
  2. Click "Utilities | Apex Execute"
  3. Execute the statement
    System.debug(System.LoggingLevel.ERROR, Id.valueOf('[MysteriousID]').getSObjectType());
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