Fetch Related Files of Record in Apex

by Rijwan Mohmmed

Hello folks, today we will disucss Fetch Related Files of Record in Apex. In Salesforce, handling files and attachments related to records is a common requirement. This blog will guide you through the process of fetching related files of a record using Apex. We’ll explore the key objects involved, the Apex code needed, and some best practices to keep in mind.

Salesforce introduced the ContentDocument and ContentDocumentLink objects to handle files.

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Key Highlights :

  1. ContentDocument: Represents a document that has been uploaded to a library in Salesforce CRM Content or Salesforce Files.
  2. ContentDocumentLink: Represents the link between a Salesforce CRM Content document or Salesforce file and where it’s shared.

Code :

To fetch files related to a specific record, we will leverage these objects. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Identify the Record ID: You need the ID of the record for which you want to fetch related files.
  2. Query ContentDocumentLink: Fetch ContentDocumentLink records where the LinkedEntityId matches your record ID.
  3. Retrieve ContentDocument Details: For each ContentDocumentLink, fetch the corresponding ContentDocument to get file details.


public with sharing class FileService {
     * Fetches related files of a given records.
     * @param listParentIds The IDs of the records whose related files are to be fetched.
     * @return Map<Id, list<ContentVersion>> representing the related files.
    public static Map<Id, list<ContentVersion>> fetchRelatedFiles(list<Id> listParentIds) {

        Map<Id, list<ContentVersion>> mapParentIdAndFiles = new Map<Id, list<ContentVersion>>();
        Map<Id, Id> mapCntIdParentId = new map<Id, Id>();
        // Query ContentDocumentLink to get the IDs of related ContentDocuments
        for(ContentDocumentLink cntLink : [Select Id, ContentDocumentId, LinkedEntityId From ContentDocumentLink Where LinkedEntityId IN :lstParentIds]) {
            mapCntIdParentId.put(cntLink.ContentDocumentId, cntLink.LinkedEntityId);

        if(!mapCntIdParentId.isEmpty()) {
            for(ContentVersion cv :  [SELECT Id, Title, VersionData, ContentDocumentId FROM ContentVersion WHERE ContentDocumentId IN :mapCntIdParentId.keySet() AND IsLatest = True]) {
                if(!mapParentIdAndFiles.containsKey(mapCntIdParentId.get(cv.ContentDocumentId))) {
                    mapParentIdAndFiles.put(mapCntIdParentId.get(cv.ContentDocumentId), new list<ContentVersion>());
        return mapParentIdAndFiles;

Output :

Reference :

  1. ContentDocument

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