Chrome Extensions Every Salesforce Developer Should Have

July 10, 2015 Appirio

By Durgesh Dhoot

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When I started my development career I usually preferred Firefox over Chrome. But as time passed, Chrome become more developer-friendly and I started loving it. This blog is going to cover many of the Chrome extensions which can help developers in our day-to-day Salesforce development and make our lives much easier.

Initially, I was thinking of ranking all of these extensions based on their features and usage, but then while listing them out, I decided that it is better to categorize them based on their functions. Let’s start looking into them.

Setup navigation and metadata search tools

Salesforce Developers spend a lot of time navigating from one link to another — from opening a setting page to debug logs and many more. But now you can use the extensions below to achieve this navigation faster:

Salesforce Navigator from Daniel Nakov

This is the first Chrome extension I want to introduce you to. It is the most common and widely-used open source Chrome extension and is a must-have in your browser. Using this extension, you can navigate to any Salesforce setup page just by hitting a configurable keyboard shortcut, then enter some search text. The best thing about this extension is that it comes up on your browser like Apple’s spotlight and you don’t need to navigate to any other page.

SF Quick Metadata Lookup from N.P. Singh

This open-source extension is for searching your metadata content. The main features of this extension is that you can directly open your Apex Classes, Apex Pages, Static resources, Apex Component, Apex Trigger, Custom and Standard Objects, Custom Settings and Users by searching on any Salesforce page. Features like autocomplete and advance filters helps you to search anything quickly.

Salesforce Advanced Code Searcher from Sammer N Meeraj

This tool is like the SF Quick Metadata Lookup, but the difference is that it only shows up on your Salesforce setup page. One extra feature it has is the ability to search “Email Templates,” which is not possible in SF Quick Metadata Lookup.

Debugging tools

How many times do things get messed up within your lengthy debug logs? Or, how often do  you have to click several times to clear your all debug logs? The following extensions can save you from all this.

Salesforce Developer Tool Suite from concret.io

This extension is a recent addition but is very useful for viewing and managing your logs without leaving your current Salesforce tab. You can consider this extension to be an advanced version of the Apex Debugger, where you can get a hierarchical view of debug logs. It also has other great features like adding a log request for the current user, filtering logs, and log options.

Salesforce Debug Logs Analyzer from Ramachandran Bakthavachalam

This is a small but useful extension to filter your debug logs based on the log type. It shows up on the debug log page. Using this allows you to filter logs either by selecting the log type in the dropdown or by simply entering the text to be searched in the logs in the text box, then clicking “filter.”

Salesforce Tool from Pankaj Mehra

This is another small but very useful extension created by one of our Appirio team members. It can help you achieve various functions like:

  • Delete entire logs
  • Add current user as the debug user
  • A button to edit view of an Apex class to highlight the coverage

Page layouts and API field tools

Have you gotten tired of searching data in the workbench or developer console just for one missing field in a page layout?  Have you ever confused a field’s labels and their API names? Now you don’t need to worry about them anymore. Here are few of the related extensions for them:

Salesforce Inspector from Søren Krabbe

If I had to rank these extensions, I would probably put this second only to Salesforce Navigator. This is an open-source extension which works on top of the standard Salesforce UI. This extension not only lets you get API names on a detail page, but also to get all of a field’s data for a selected record. It also lets you import and export data directly in various formats, get object metadata details, and much more. I consider this extension to be another must-have for any Salesforce Developer.

Grey Tab from ca_peterson

If you are not using the Salesforce Inspector, and you just want a small extension to see a field’s data on the currently viewed record, this extension is very helpful. It is also open-source and currently in experimental mode. Another good use of this extension is to get a Salesforce session information from your browser cookies.

Salesforce API Fieldnames from Daniel Nakov

This is another useful extension from Daniel Nakov. The small open-source extension allows users to toggle between API field names and labels on Salesforce detail pages.

I hope this list has been helpful to you. In another blog, I will cover some other extensions which are useful for admins.

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