Code Builder Quick Start

Code Builder Quick Start


Complete this Quick Start to become familiar with the Code Builder interface and perform some simple tasks in your Code Builder environment.

Important Considerations for Code Builder Beta

We’ve capped usage for beta at 20 hours for a maximum of 30 days. We highly recommend that you save your work and close the browser tab that is running Code Builder to stop the usage clock when you aren’t using it.

Don’t Forget to Save Your Work

Working in the cloud has its advantages. However, unlike working on a desktop where you save your files to a local machine, you must either deploy your changes to your org, or commit them to source control to save your work. Save your work before you close the Code Builder tab on your browser so you don’t lose it.

Note: Throughout the beta, Code Builder environments could be deleted. All beta environments will be removed before GA.

Let’s Get Started

To get started you’ll do the following:

  1. Create a Code Builder environment.
  2. Create a Salesforce DX project.
  3. Connect to your org by logging in. Now you’re ready to use Code Builder.

Connect to Your Dev Environment

  1. From the App Launcher, find and open Code Builder.

Note: If you don’t see Code Builder as an option, or you see an empty screen when you launch it, contact your admin to make sure you have the correct license and permission set assigned to you.

  1. Click Get Started.
  2. Click New Project to create a new Salesforce DX project.
  3. Give your project a name and choose Standard for project type.

Next, connect an org to your Code Builder environment. You can choose to connect to a Salesforce org or a sandbox org.

  1. Log in to your development environment, click Allow to grant access, then click Next.
  2. Choose an alias (nickname) for your org. If you work on many orgs, make sure the nickname helps you identify the org quickly in the future. Your new Code Builder environment is now available on your dashboard.
  3. Click Launch to launch Code Builder in a new tab.
  4. Now sit back and relax for a few minutes while Code Builder creates and configures your workspace. Code Builder might take a fews minutes to start up when it initially sets up.

Tip: Once you have created your Code Builder environment, launch it from the dashboard at any time, or bookmark it for fast access.

Let’s Take A Quick Tour

You’re now in your developer environment in Code Builder. Code Builder has VS Code’s rich IDE plus it gives you easy access to cool Salesforce development-specific tools through the Salesforce extension pack. Let’s take a quick tour and get to know the lay of the land. Your screen looks something like this:

code_builder_ui The Code Builder user interface is divided into five main areas.

Activity Bar: Located on the left-hand side, it contains iconic buttons to switch between different views. In our example, the Explorer view is active.

Side Bar: Contains different views to assist you while working on your project. For example, you can see the Explorer view in our example. It lists the files in DX project structure in your project.

Editors: The main areas to edit your files. You can open as many editors as you like side by side, vertically and horizontally.

Panel: Shows output or debug information, errors and warnings, or an integrated terminal. You can choose the output to display.

Status Bar: Shows information about the opened project and the files you’re editing. The Status Bar displays the org that you’re connected to.

Get To Know Your Org – Use the Org Browser

Take a closer look at the activity bar and notice a cloud icon. This icon represents the Org Browser. It’s a part of the Salesforce Extension pack. It helps you browse and retrieve metadata from your org without having to use a manifest file. Use the Org Browser to retrieve metadata.

More Information: You can find more information about the Org Browser in the Salesforce Extension Pack documentation.


Click Org Browser and scroll down to Custom Objects. The first object you see is Account. You can view the metadata of the Account object (and do a few more cool things, but we’ll get to those in a bit).

Use SOQL Builder to Build and Run your First Query

Code Builder comes preloaded with everything you need to build and run a SOQL query. Let’s build and run a simple SOQL query on the Account object:

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+P (⇧⌘P) to view the Command Palette.
  2. Type “SOQL” in the search box and then select SFDX: Create Query in SOQL Builder.
  3. Select the following:

    a. Account Object in From field.

    b. BillingState and NumberofEmployees in Fields.

    c. Press Run Query to run this simple SOQL Query on your org.

You’re prompted to save your changes if you close the untitled file.

  1. Save the changes to a file using a “.soql” extension.
  2. Let’s rerun the saved query – Right click the file and select Open With… then select SOQL Builder. The file opens in SOQL Builder and you can rerun or edit the query as you wish.

More Information: For more information on building complex queries see the SOQL Builder in the Salesforce Extensions for Visual Studio Code documentation.

Connect to a Different Org

During the course of development, you’ll use different types of orgs for different stages. For example, it’s common to use a Developer sandbox or Development Edition org during the development phase, and move to other sandbox types for integration, testing, and staging. Eventually, you’ll deploy your changes to a production org. You can connect Code Builder to any of these orgs to deploy or retrieve metadata.

To log into another org:

  1. Click the org picker(which show the alias for the current org) in the status bar, to bring up the Command Palette.
  2. From the Command Palette run SFDX: Authorize an Org.
  3. Enter the login URL or select the org you want to log into.
  4. Enter an alias for the org, for example, dev_pro_sandbox or my_playground.
  5. A code is displayed in a text box. click Connect.
  6. Log in with the relevant username and password. Click Allow.
  7. Click Continue. You’re now connected to a different org, and its name is visible in the status bar at the bottom.

Once you authorize an org, we take care of future authorizations so you don’t have to continually log in. Just click the org’s name and then choose the org from the list.

Create, Retrieve, and Deploy a Custom Field

Let’s add a custom field to an object in our org and pull its metadata into our Code Builder project.

First let’s add a custom field –

  1. From Setup, go to Object Manager Account.
  2. Click Fields & Relationships.
  3. Click New.
  4. For data type, select Date, then click Next.
  5. Fill out the following:
    • Field Label: Created On
    • Field Name: createdon
    • Description: Date of Account Creation
  6. Click Next until you save the field.

Now let’s retrieve metadata for this new field –

  1. Return to Code Builder and open Org Browser.
  2. Scroll down to Custom Objects and navigate to Account.
  3. Click the retrieve icon next to the Account component to run SFDX: Retrieve Source from Org.
  4. From the Activity Bar, click the Explorer and navigate to force-app/main/default/object/Account Lo and behold, in the fields folder, a file named createdon_c.field-meta.xml contains metadata for your new custom field!

The metadata is here for your reference:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<CustomField xmlns="">
   <description>Date of Account Creation</description>
   <label>Created On</label>

We’ll now make a simple edit to this field and deploy our changes back to our org with a single click.

  1. Edit createdon_c.field-meta.xml and change the <required> tag value to true to indicate that this custom field is required.
  2. Right click the objects/Account folder and click SFDX: Deploy Source to Org.
  3. After the command has successfully run, go back to your org and check details of the Created On custom field and confirm that it’s now a required field.

Create and Deploy a New Lightning Web Component

For another exercise in deploying, let’s learn how to quickly create a simple Lightning Web Component in our Code Builder project. We’ll then deploy this component to our org using a single command. Here we go:

Let’s create a Lightning Web Component –

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+P (⇧⌘P) run SFDX: Create Lightning Web Component to create a New Lightning Web Component.
  2. Give the component a name, say, newCBComponent.
  3. Press Enter to accept the default file location (force-app/main/default/lwc).
  4. Press Enter.

Three new files are created in the force-app/main/default/lwc/newCBComponent folder.

Update the files –

  1. In the HTML file, newCBComponent.html, copy and paste the following code:
    <p>Hello, {greeting}!</p>
    <lightning-input label="Name" value={greeting} onchange={handleChange}></lightning-input>
  1. In the HTML file, newCBComponent.js, copy, and paste the following code:
import { LightningElement } from 'lwc';

export default class NewCBComponent extends LightningElement {
   greeting = 'Great going learning Code Builder!';
   changeHandler(event) {
       this.greeting =;
  1. In the HTML file, newCBComponent.js-meta.xml, copy and paste the following code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<LightningComponentBundle xmlns="">
  1. Save all the files.

Let’s deploy this new component to our org –

  1. Right-click the force-app/main/default/lwc/newCBComponent folder and click SFDX: Deploy Source to Org

Your output window shows this message:

=== Deployed Source
STATE    FULL NAME       TYPE                      PROJECT PATH
───────  ──────────────  ────────────────────────  ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
Created  newCBComponent  LightningComponentBundle  force-app/main/default/lwc/newCBComponent/newCBComponent.html
Created  newCBComponent  LightningComponentBundle  force-app/main/default/lwc/newCBComponent/newCBComponent.js
Created  newCBComponent  LightningComponentBundle  force-app/main/default/lwc/newCBComponent/newCBComponent.js-meta.xml

10:22:27.340 ended SFDX: Deploy Source to Org

  1. Select SFDX: Open Default Org to log into your org.
  2. Navigate to Setup:Lightning Components to confirm that a new Lightning Web Component named newCBComponent is now available in your org.

Congratulations on successfully creating and deploying a new Lightning Web Component.

To Learn More

You can take your time and use these resources to learn more about what you can do in Code Builder:

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