An eloquent model data source for Salesforce

2.7.5 2021-01-29 16:05 UTC


SalesForce Object to Laravel ORM for Laravel 6, 5

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Work with SalesForce APIs via the Eloquent Model.


Install via composer

composer require rob-lester-jr04/eloquent-sales-force

*Note: This package is only supported Laravel 5.6 and newer.

Publish Configuration File

**Note that this is optional and in most cases, the configuration here is not needed.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Lester\EloquentSalesForce\ServiceProvider" --tag="config"


Setting up your connected app

  1. Log into to your Salesforce org
  2. Click on Setup in the upper right-hand menu
  3. Under Build click Create > Apps
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click New under Connected Apps.
  5. Enter the following details for the remote application:
    • Connected App Name
    • API Name
    • Contact Email
    • Enable OAuth Settings under the API dropdown
    • Callback URL
    • Select access scope (If you need a refresh token, specify it here)
  6. Click Save

After saving, you will now be given a Consumer Key and Consumer Secret. Update your config file with values for consumerKey, consumerSecret, and loginURL.


In your config/database.php file, add the following driver to the connections array

'soql' => [
    'driver' => 'soql',
    'database' => null,
    'consumerKey'    => env('CONSUMER_KEY'),
    'consumerSecret' => env('CONSUMER_SECRET'),
    'loginURL'       => env('LOGIN_URL'),
    // Only required for UserPassword authentication:
    'username'       => env('USERNAME'),
    // Security token might need to be ammended to password unless IP Address is whitelisted
    'password'       => env('PASSWORD')

If you need to modify any more settings for Forrest, publish the config file using the artisan command:

php artisan vendor:publish

You can find the config file in: config/eloquent_sf.php. Any of the same settings that Forrest recognizes will be available to set here.

Using Models

Create a model for the object you want to use, example: artisan make:model Lead

Open the model file, it will look like this:


namespace App;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Lead extends Model

Replace the use statement so your model looks like:


namespace App;

use Lester\EloquentSalesForce\Model;

class Lead extends Model

Now use it like you normally would!

$leads = Lead::where('email', '')->get();

$lead = Lead::find('00Q1J00000cQ08eUAC');

Update properties like you normally would...

$lead->FirstName = 'Robert';


By default, the selected columns for the record will be the compact layout defined in the SalesForce instance. This is usually enough. If you need to pull specific columns, you have some options.

// Per select
$object = Contact::select('Id', 'Name')->get();

You can also define on the model what columns you want to bring back with each record. Add public $columns to the top of the model.


    public $columns = [

To return the columns currently available on a model, use the describe method on the object.

$fields = Lead::describe();

ReadOnly Fields

To specify fields on the model that are read-only and to force them to be excluded from any update/insert requests, define the protected $readonly = [] array in the model


	protected $readonly = [


If you are using a field that is a picklist in SalesForce, you can capture the values of that picklist from this function on the model.

$statusValues = $lead->getPicklistValues('Status');

Batch Queries (beta)

SalesForce has API limits. We know this. It sucks. For us at least. So now in the package, you can batch several queries and make a single API call to execute them, and get the results back in a handy collection object.


At the end of most queries we commonly call get() to retrieve the results of our assembled query. We can queue up a batch call by calling batch() instead of get(). After queuing up the desired queries, you can call SObjects::runBatch() and it will return the results of the batched queries in an array.


Lead::select(['Id', 'FirstName', 'Company'])->limit(100)->batch(); // instead of get.

Contact::select(['Id', 'FirstName', 'Phone'])->limit(50)->batch();

$batch = SObjects::runBatch();

$leads = $batch->results('Lead'); // get() also works here...
$contacts = $batch->results('Contact'); // ... and here.

Tagging the batch

By default, each batch query is tagged with the name of the model that is being queried. For example if you have a model class called Prospects (even if it maps to the SF Lead object), the tag of the batch will be Prospects. If you try and batch 3 queries on the same object without specifying a custom tag for each batch, only the last batch will actually be run. So we recommend tagging the batch when you queue it if you're batching multiple queries on the same object.


Lead::select(['Id', 'FirstName', 'Company'])->limit(100)->batch();

Lead::select(['Id', 'FirstName', 'Company'])->limit(30)->where('Company', 'Test')->batch('test_company');

$batch = SObjects::runBatch();

$firstCentLeads = $batch->get('Lead');
$testCompanyLeads = $batch->get('test_company');

Using the Batch Collection object

The batch collection object can be used independently of the facade if you'd like to create a batch over time and then execute later. When using the batch() method on the query builder, the assembled query builder is added to a collection on the facade. You can either run that batch collection by using the method SObjects::runBatch() or you can access the collection by returning SObjects::getBatch(). If you have the object stored in a variable, you can run it with ->run() or you can add more query builders to it with ->batch

$batchCollection = new SOQLBatch();

$batchCollection->batch(Lead::where('FirstName', 'like', 'Test%'));


Inserting and Updating


$lead = new Lead();
$lead->FirstName = 'Foo';
$lead->LastName = 'Bar';
$lead->Company = 'Test';


$lead = Lead::create(['FirstName' => 'Foo', 'LastName' => 'Bar', 'Company' => 'Test Company']);

Bulk Insert

$leads = collect([
	new Lead(['Email' => '']),
	new Lead(['Email' => ''])



$lead = Lead::first();
$lead->LastName = 'Lester';


$lead->update(['LastName' => 'Lester']);

Bulk Update

The bulk update method is model agnostic - meaning that this capability, within salesforce, accepts a mix of object types in the collection that gets sent. So this method therefore exists in the new SObjects facade.

$accounts = Account::where('Company', 'Test Company')->get(); // collection of accounts.

$accounts = $accounts->map(function($account) {
	$account->Company = 'New Company Name';
	return $account;

SObjects::update($accounts); // Sends all these objects to SF with updates.

SalesForce will execute each update individually and will not fail the batch if any individual update fails. If you want success to be dependent on all updates succeeding (all or nothing), then you can pass true as the second parameter. If this is set, the batch of updates must all succeed, or none will.

SObjects::update($accounts, true); // All or none.

Columns, Where, Ordering


By default, the object is loaded with the columns found in the primary compactLayout. If you'd like additional columns, you would use the select method on the model. For example:

$leads = Lead::select('Id', 'Name', 'Email', 'Custom_Field__c')->limit(10)->get();

Where / Order By

The where and orderBy methods work as usual as well.

$contacts = Contact::where('Email', '')->first();

$contacts = Contact::where('Name', 'like', 'Donuts%')->get();

$contacts = Contact::limit(20)->orderBy('Name')->get();


Exactly as you'd expect.

$lead = Lead::first();



Relationships work the same way.

Create a model like above for Account and Contact

In the Contact model, add a method for a relationship like you normally would

## Contact.php
public function account()
	return $this->belongsTo(Account::class);

So you can call now:

$contact = Contact::where('email', '')->first();
$account = $contact->account;

And the reverse is true

## Account.php
public function contacts()
	return $this->hasMany(Contact::class);
$contacts = $account->contacts;


You are also able to use manual joins

$account = Account::join('Contact', 'AccountId')->first();

These aren't as easy to work with as Relationships because the SalesForce API still returns the array nested in the records property.

Custom Objects

To use custom objects (or an object with a special object name, different from the model), set the protected $table property in the model.


namespace App;

use Lester\EloquentSalesForce\Model;

class TouchPoint extends Model
    protected $table = 'TouchPoint__c';

    /** Any other overrides **/

The SObjects Facade

This is a new feature to the package. The SObjects facade serves the purpose of exposing any global features not model specific, such as authentication and mass updates, but also it is a pass-thru mechanism for the Forrest facade.

Any methods such as get, post, patch, resources, etc will pass through to the Forrest facade and accept parameters respectively.


The authenticate() method in the facade will return the token information that has been stored in cache/session.

Anonymous Objects

Sometimes you want to grab a record from SalesForce casually without having to pre-generate a model for it. Now you can do that easily with the object method on the facade. Example:

$queryResult = SObjects::query("Select Id, FirstName from Lead where Email like 'test@%'");

$leads = collect($queryResult['records'])->map(function($record) {
    return SObjects::object($record);

The class used for each object returned will be Lester\EloquentSalesForce\SalesForceObject.

Pick list choices

You can get the possible pick list values from a dropdown by using this method on the facade.

$listValues = SObjects::getPicklistValues('Lead', 'Status');


You can set a different log channel for the SOQL actions by specifying SOQL_LOG= in your .env file.


The tests in this package are meant for contributors and have been written to be executed independently of a Laravel application. They will not work as part of the applications testing flow.

Create a .env file that includes the SalesForce credentials for your test instance, or else the test will fail to execute. The .env field should include these properties:


Dependencies are required, so execute composer install

To execute, run composer test


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.


This package is bootstrapped with the help of melihovv/laravel-package-generator.