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How do I display picklists?

I'm trying to display picklists on my custom VF page. These picklists, Prefix__c and Suffix__c are both custom fields in the Contact object. I am using the following code, but I keep getting the following error:


Method does not exist or incorrect signature: [String].getDescribe();


This example has been used by many people and they seem to get it working. I'm not sure what's happening here. Here's my code:


    public List<SelectOption> getCountries()
        List<SelectOption> options = new List<SelectOption>();
        Schema.DescribeFieldResult fieldResult =
        List<Schema.PicklistEntry> ple = fieldResult.getPicklistValues();
        for( Schema.PicklistEntry f : ple)
            options.add(new SelectOption(f.getLabel(), f.getValue()));
        return options;






Do this.. I haven't tested this, but this should work. I have just outlined the logic .Let me know if you need more help on this.


Schema.DescribeSObjectResult describeCont = Schema.SObjectType.Contact;

Field[] fields=describeCont.getFields();

for (int i = 0; i < fields.length; i++) {
          Field field = fields[i];

// If this is a picklist field, show the picklist values
          if (field.getType().equals(FieldType.picklist)) {
              PicklistEntry[] picklistValues =
              if (picklistValues != null) {

 for (int j = 0; j < picklistValues.length; j++) {
                  if (picklistValues[j].getLabel() != null) {

Yoganand GadekarYoganand Gadekar

If you want to display picklist on VF page and that picklist is a field on object then you can simply use inputfield attribute.

Following is the example that displays [picklist rating field of account object


<apex:page standardController="Account">
    <apex:form >
        <apex:pageBlock >
             <apex:inputField value="{!account.Rating}"/>


Hope tgis helps,

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Karthikeyan JayabalKarthikeyan Jayabal

You're using Schema.DescribeFieldResult variable type instead of Schema.DescribeSObjectResult. That's the reason for the error.


You can also directly fetch the PicklistEntry list, this way:

List<Schema.PicklistEntry> ples = Schema.sObjectType.Contact.fields.Prefix__c.getPicklistValues();