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Caroline WojciechowskiCaroline Wojciechowski 

Custom Attachment object does not pull in Contact Name

I have created a custom object with button for customized attachment related list on the Contact object. However, when I go to create the actual record and upload the file, the Contact name does not come through (should be in the "Back to" button seen below).


public class UploadAttachmentController {
    public String selectedType {get;set;}
    public Boolean selectedAwesomeness {get;set;}
    public String description {get;set;}
    private Contact contact {get;set;} 
    public String fileName {get;set;}
    public Blob fileBody {get;set;}
    public UploadAttachmentController(ApexPages.StandardController controller) { 
        this.contact = (Contact)controller.getRecord();
    // creates a new Contact_Attachment__c record
    private Database.SaveResult saveCustomAttachment() {
        Contact_Attachment__c obj = new Contact_Attachment__c();
        obj.contact__c = contact.Id; 
        obj.description__c = description;
        // fill out cust obj fields
        return Database.insert(obj);
    // create an actual Attachment record with the Contact_Attachment__c as parent
    private Database.SaveResult saveStandardAttachment(Id parentId) {
        Database.SaveResult result;
        Attachment attachment = new Attachment();
        attachment.body = this.fileBody;
        attachment.name = this.fileName;
        attachment.parentId = parentId;
        // inser the attahcment
        result = Database.insert(attachment);
        // reset the file for the view state
        fileBody = Blob.valueOf(' ');
        return result;
    * Upload process is:
    *  1. Insert new Contact_Attachment__c record
    *  2. Insert new Attachment with the new Contact_Attachment__c record as parent
    *  3. Update the Contact_Attachment__c record with the ID of the new Attachment
    public PageReference processUpload() {
        try {
            Database.SaveResult customAttachmentResult = saveCustomAttachment();
            if (customAttachmentResult == null || !customAttachmentResult.isSuccess()) {
                ApexPages.AddMessage(new ApexPages.Message(ApexPages.Severity.ERROR, 
                  'Could not save attachment.'));
                return null;
            Database.SaveResult attachmentResult = saveStandardAttachment(customAttachmentResult.getId());
            if (attachmentResult == null || !attachmentResult.isSuccess()) {
                ApexPages.AddMessage(new ApexPages.Message(ApexPages.Severity.ERROR, 
                  'Could not save attachment.'));            
                return null;
            } else {
                // update the custom attachment record with some attachment info
                Contact_Attachment__c customAttachment = [select id from Contact_Attachment__c where id = :customAttachmentResult.getId()];
                customAttachment.name = this.fileName;
                customAttachment.Attachment__c = attachmentResult.getId();
                update customAttachment;
        } catch (Exception e) {
            return null;
        return new PageReference('/'+contact.Id);
    public PageReference back() {
        return new PageReference('/'+contact.Id);


Visualforce Page:
<apex:page standardController="Contact" tabStyle="Contact" extensions="UploadAttachmentController">

<apex:sectionHeader title="{!Contact.Name}" subtitle="Attach File"/>

<apex:form id="form_Upload">
<apex:pageBlock >

<apex:pageBlockButtons >
<apex:commandButton action="{!back}" value="Back to {!Contact.Name}"/>
 <apex:commandButton action="{!back}" value="Cancel"/>
<apex:pageMessages />

 <apex:pageBlockSection columns="1">

<apex:pageBlockSectionItem >
<apex:outputLabel value="File" for="file_File"/>
<apex:inputFile id="file_File" value="{!fileBody}" filename="{!fileName}"/>

 <apex:pageBlockSectionItem >
 <apex:outputLabel value="Description" for="description"/>
 <apex:inputTextarea id="description" value="{!description}" rows="4" cols="50"/>

<apex:pageBlockSectionItem >
<apex:outputLabel value="" for="uploadBtn"/>
 <apex:commandButton id="uploadBtn" value="Attach File" action="{!processUpload}" />




Anil MalneniAnil Malneni
Hi Caroline,

Have you created the detail page button with this VF page and added to contact page layout.

If we are creating/adding attachment through contact detail page, contact name will be pre-populated on Back To <Contact Name>..

let me know if this works..

Thank you,