Force.com Ant Migration Tool Setup For Mac

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The Ant Migration Tool is a Java/Ant-based command-line utility for moving metadata between a local directory and a Salesforce org. The Ant Migration Tool is especially useful in the following scenarios.

Introduction When I started working with the salesforce platform a couple of years back, one of the things I noticed was how painful deployments were. Back then I didn't understand why. But I have come to understand that long painful deployments have more to do with improper planning and release management than with the platform itself. Good tools for deployment certainly do exist, so the problem is not with technology. In this article we will look at one such tool that is very efficient, easy and less error prone.

This method will work for the needs of most organisation out there using salesforce. This is the Metadata API way. What is the Metadata API? In order to answer this question, we need to understand what metadata is. Metadata can be described as data that describes data. This means it is not the data itself, but everything you can create from Setup. In Salesforce Setup is the UI entry point for doing customisations. Avg free version.

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On the Salesforce platform Metadata is represented as XML Files. The Metadata API gives us the ability to manage these customisations. Two prominent tools built on the Metadata API are; • the popular eclipse based development tool Force.com IDE and • the Force.com Migration toll which we will be taking a look at here. For more information on the Metadata API look at the documentation - Force.com Migration Tool This tool is used to move metadata from one Salesforce org or to another. This means moving the metadata XML files from one or to another. Two of it's prominent methods let you download or retrieve the XML files from the source Org onto your local file system and then upload or deploy them to the destination org. Prerequisite Please look at for prerequisites you need in order to use the Force.com Migration Tool.

Here is a brief summary of what you need. • You need to have Java version 1.7.x or later installed. • You need to have install since the Force.com is based on ant. For those running mac this two minute video shows you how to install mac on you machine.

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• You need to get developer orgs. Ideally you should use an old Developer Org with configuration you can move to another org and a new Developer Org as the target org. So let us look at how this works in practice. How it works 1.) Download the Force.com Migration toolkit You can download the Force.com Migration Tool. Another way to reach this link will be from you Developer Org by going to Setup -> Develop -> Tools. Here click on 'Force.com Tools and Toolkits' and in the next page click on the 'Force.com Migration Tool'.

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Here you will also find a nice video from Jeff Douglas, that explains how to do this. You can also watch the video if you prefer. In this blog I will show you a step by step process of how I normally do it. There may be two versions to download from, the preview version for the upcoming release and the version from the previous release.

If you intend to deploy to Production please choose the version on which Production is running. For example if your Production Org is not yet upgraded to the next release, then use the version for the previous release. After download 2.) Create a directory for your project After you extract the zip file you can open it in your editor for ease of use. I use Sublime Text and the Mavensmate plugin, so for me it is as easy as dragging the whole folder and dropping it on sublime text. Your files should look like this. I normally use change sets to create my package.xml and I will show you how.

For those who are completely new to Salesforce, change sets are used to deploy metadata from the Salesforce UI / setup from one org to another related org e.g. From a sandbox to a production org or another sandbox created from the same production instance. Since we use change sets to deploy only between related orgs, change sets are not available in the developer org since this is a stand alone org that is not related to any other org. So, for this article we will build our change set manually. But for the sake of completeness and for the benefit of those on a real org, I will outline the whole process here. Create a change set by going to Setup -> Outbound Change Sets. Click on 'New' and enter a name and description for your change set.

This entry was posted on 03.07.2018.