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Automate Salesforce Integration Tasks from PowerShell

Are you in search of a quick and easy way to access Salesforce data from PowerShell? This article demonstrates how to utilize the Salesforce Cmdlets for tasks like connecting to Salesforce data, automating operations, downloading data, and more.

The CData Cmdlets for Salesforce are standard PowerShell cmdlets that make it easy to accomplish data cleansing, normalization, backup, and other integration tasks by enabling real-time and bidirectional access to Salesforce.

PowerShell Cmdlets or ADO.NET Provider?

The Cmdlets are not only a PowerShell interface to Salesforce, but also an SQL interface; this tutorial shows how to use both to create, retrieve, update, and delete Salesforce data. We also show examples of the ADO.NET equivalent, which is possible with the CData ADO.NET Provider for Salesforce. To access Salesforce data from other .NET applications, like LINQPad, use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Salesforce.

Once you have acquired the necessary connection properties, accessing Salesforce data in PowerShell can be enabled in three steps.

There are several authentication methods available for connecting to Salesforce: Login, OAuth, and SSO. The Login method requires you to have the username, password, and security token of the user.

If you do not have access to the username and password or do not wish to require them, you can use OAuth authentication.

SSO (single sign-on) can be used by setting the SSOProperties, SSOLoginUrl, and TokenUrl connection properties, which allow you to authenticate to an identity provider. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for more information.


  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module SalesforceCmdlets
  2. Connect:

    $salesforce = Connect-Salesforce -User "$User" -Password "$Password" -SecurityToken "$SecurityToken"
  3. Search for and retrieve data:

    $name = "GenePoint" $account = Select-Salesforce -Connection $salesforce -Table "Account" -Where "Name = `'$Name`'" $account

    You can also use the Invoke-Salesforce cmdlet to execute SQL commands:

    $account = Invoke-Salesforce -Connection $salesforce -Query 'SELECT * FROM Account WHERE Name = @Name' -Params @{'@Name'='GenePoint'}


  1. Load the provider's assembly:

    [Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFile("C:\Program Files\CData\CData ADO.NET Provider for Salesforce\lib\System.Data.CData.Salesforce.dll")
  2. Connect to Salesforce:

    $conn= New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceConnection("User=username;Password=password;SecurityToken=Your_Security_Token;") $conn.Open()
  3. Instantiate the SalesforceDataAdapter, execute an SQL query, and output the results:

    $sql="SELECT Industry, AnnualRevenue from Account" $da= New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceDataAdapter($sql, $conn) $dt= New-Object System.Data.DataTable $da.Fill($dt) $dt.Rows | foreach { Write-Host $_.industry $_.annualrevenue }

Update Salesforce Data


Update-Salesforce -Connection $Salesforce -Columns @('Industry','AnnualRevenue') -Values @('MyIndustry', 'MyAnnualRevenue') -Table Account -Id "MyId"


$cmd = New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceCommand("UPDATE Account SET Name='GenePoint' WHERE Id = @myId", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add((New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceParameter("@myId","10456255-0015501366"))) $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()

Insert Salesforce Data


Add-Salesforce -Connection $Salesforce -Table Account -Columns @("Industry", "AnnualRevenue") -Values @("MyIndustry", "MyAnnualRevenue")


$cmd = New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceCommand("INSERT INTO Account (Name) VALUES (@myName)", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add((New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceParameter("@myName","GenePoint"))) $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()

Delete Salesforce Data


Remove-Salesforce -Connection $Salesforce -Table "Account" -Id "MyId"


$cmd = New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceCommand("DELETE FROM Account WHERE Id=@myId", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add((New-Object System.Data.CData.Salesforce.SalesforceParameter("@myId","001d000000YBRseAAH"))) $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()