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Guide to Uploading Files in Salesforce: Methods & Tips

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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April 21, 2024

Uploading files in Salesforce can be done through the user interface for individual files, using data loader tools for mass uploads, or via the Salesforce REST API for automated uploads. Salesforce supports a variety of file types up to 2GB.

Choose the method that best suits your needs for efficient document management within Salesforce.

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How to Upload Files in Salesforce

Uploading files to Salesforce is a critical task for maintaining comprehensive records and ensuring that all pertinent documents are readily accessible within the Salesforce ecosystem. Whether you're dealing with single file uploads, mass uploads, or seeking to automate the process via API, Salesforce offers robust solutions to meet these needs.

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Salesforce Upload Files

For individual file uploads, Salesforce provides a straightforward method through its user interface. Files can be uploaded directly to the Salesforce Files section or related to specific records for easy access. This process supports a variety of file types with a maximum file size of 2GB. It's essential to note that Salesforce encourages the use of Files over Attachments, especially in the Lightning Experience, for enhanced features like versioning and sharing.

How to Upload Files in Salesforce

To upload a file directly:

  1. Navigate to the 'Files' tab or the specific record you wish to attach a file to.
  2. Click on 'Upload Files' or 'New' and select your file.
  3. Once uploaded, you can share the file with individuals, groups, or make it public depending on your file sharing settings.

For files related to specific records, you can use the 'Notes & Attachments' section in Salesforce Classic or the 'Files' section in Lightning Experience.

Mass Upload Files to Salesforce

For mass uploading, Salesforce does not provide a direct out-of-the-box feature. However, users can leverage data loader tools or third-party applications to bulk upload files. These tools typically require preparation of a CSV file with paths to the local files and the corresponding record IDs to which the files should be attached. It's a two-step process:

  1. Prepare your CSV file with all necessary data.
  2. Use a data loader tool to map and upload files in bulk to the Salesforce records.
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Upload Files to Salesforce Using REST API

For developers looking to automate file uploads or integrate Salesforce with other systems, using the Salesforce REST API is a powerful approach. The REST API allows for uploading files as ContentVersion records, automatically creating ContentDocument and ContentDocumentLink records if necessary.

To upload a file using the REST API:

  1. Prepare a POST request to the Salesforce REST API endpoint for ContentVersion.
  2. Include the file's metadata and the file content in the request body.
  3. If relating the file to a specific record, specify the 'FirstPublishLocationId' in the request.

This method supports files up to 2GB and can be used to upload files programmatically from external systems or custom applications into Salesforce.

Regardless of the method chosen, Salesforce provides comprehensive options for managing and uploading files, ensuring that users can efficiently store, share, and manage documents within the platform.

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Automate Salesforce Workflows with Bardeen

Uploading files to Salesforce can be a repetitive task, especially if you're dealing with multiple records or large volumes of documents. While the manual process has its straightforwardness, automating this task can save a significant amount of time and minimize errors. With Bardeen, you can automate not just file uploads but also the entire ecosystem of actions around your Salesforce records, ensuring your CRM data is always up-to-date and accurately managed.

Here are some examples of what you can automate within Salesforce using Bardeen:

  1. Sync Google Sheets Data to Salesforce and Automate Email Notifications: This playbook automates the process of uploading data from Google Sheets into Salesforce as new contacts and sends an email notification upon successful upload, streamlining contact management.
  2. Import Company Details into Salesforce: Simplify the addition of new company records to your Salesforce CRM by automating the data import process, enhancing your lead or partner database with minimal effort.
  3. Create a new Salesforce opportunity: Automate the creation of new opportunities in Salesforce, helping your sales team to focus more on closing deals than on data entry.

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