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Consuming standard / custom REST Salesforce service with C#


REST services from Salesforce are the easiest way to integrate with any system, gives you the flexibility to use any kind of programming language and allows you to be under a standard way to integrate and move data.

In this case I want to show an easy way to consume standard or custom REST API endpoints using C#. I know this might be super easy task , but either way, I wan to leave a working sample, and explain a few steps to achieve it.

  1. In your Salesforce instance ( Sandbox or Production ), create a connected application  (Clic on the gear on the top right of your page [if you are in lightning experience] > Platform Tools > Apps > App Manager and clic New Connected App button )

2. In the new screen, you should provide the next information:

3. Save the configuration, then you should have access to the Consumer Key and Consumer Secret information.

4. In my Visual Studio solution, I have a simple class that makes almost everything and depending of the flow and type of objects you need you should be able to create new POJO's and make the serialization/deserialization for those.

5. Get Access Token. In order to authorize your application, the first step would be to Authorize your application using the "https://test.salesforce.com/services/oauth2/token" endpoint. We will use this code for that (Replace the values of CLIENT_ID, SECRET,SALESFORCENAME,PASSWOORDTOKEN with your credentials.):

This code basically returns an access token that you can use in order to consume the next endpoint. The response from the service is serialized on a SalesforceAuthentication POJO that looks like this.

using System;
namespace SalesforceRESTServerConsumer
    public class SalesforceAuthentication
        public string access_token { get; set; }
        public string instance_url { get; set; }
        public string id { get; set; }
        public string token_type { get; set; }
        public string issued_at { get; set; }
        public string signature { get; set; }

The Main method calls this function on this way:

public static void Main(string[] args)

            SalesforceAuthentication salesforce_auth = getSalesforceAccessToken();

            Console.WriteLine("1. Consuming getSalesforceAccessToken()");
            Console.WriteLine("Access Token:"+salesforce_auth.access_token);
            Console.WriteLine("2. Consuming consumeSalesforceService()");

            // Keep the console window open in debug mode.
            Console.WriteLine("Press any key to exit.");

public static SalesforceAuthentication getSalesforceAccessToken(){
            SalesforceAuthentication authenticationObj = null;
                var request = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("https://test.salesforce.com/services/oauth2/token");

                var postData = "grant_type=password";
                postData += "&client_id=CLIENTID";
                postData += "&client_secret=SECRET";
                postData += "&username=SALESFORCENAME";
                postData += "&password=PASSWOORDTOKEN";

                var data = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(postData);

                request.Method = "POST";
                request.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";
                request.ContentLength = data.Length;

                using (var stream = request.GetRequestStream())
                    stream.Write(data, 0, data.Length);

                var response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();

                var responseString = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd();

                authenticationObj = new System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer().Deserialize<SalesforceAuthentication>(responseString);

                Console.WriteLine("Response: " + responseString);
            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("Error response: " + ex.Message);

            return authenticationObj;

Finally the POST call against a custom Salesforce REST endpoint

public static String consumeSalesforceService(String accessToken){

            String res = "";
            string authToken = "Bearer" + " " + accessToken;

                var myUri = new Uri("https://cs21.salesforce.com/services/apexrest/RestServiceTiket/insertaSolicitud");
                var myWebRequest = WebRequest.Create(myUri);
                var myHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest)myWebRequest;
                myHttpWebRequest.PreAuthenticate = true;
                myHttpWebRequest.Headers.Add("Authorization", authToken);
                myHttpWebRequest.Accept = "application/json";
                myHttpWebRequest.Method = "POST";

                Solicitud sol = new Solicitud();
                sol.nombre = "pruebaFF_1";
                sol.numeroTiket = "ABC1232H8";
                sol.datosOrigen = null;
                sol.datosDestino = null;

                ExternalRequest httpcall = new ExternalRequest();
                httpcall.request = sol;

                using (var streamWriter = new StreamWriter(myHttpWebRequest.GetRequestStream()))
                    string json = Newtonsoft.Json.JsonConvert.SerializeObject(httpcall);
                    Console.WriteLine("JSON: " + json);



                var httpResponse = (HttpWebResponse)myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse();
                Console.WriteLine("JSON: " + httpResponse);
                var responseString = new StreamReader(httpResponse.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd();
                res = responseString;

            catch(Exception ex){

            return res;

Basically we use the access token and put it as part of the Authorization header, the call is authenticated and we're able to push the data and get a response from that.

You can pull the code from this GitHub Repository.

This is just a simple demonstration of how to make it work and it can be extended as you want,.



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