How to create files in Salesforce for testing purposes

ContentVersion and ContentDocumentLink creation from Apex

Andres Canavesi
May 21, 2021
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The first question I asked myself when starting to write unit tests that involve files is: how do I upload files from my tests? "Upload" and unit tests doesn´t sound good Fortunately, dealing with files in Salesforce in a unit text context, is pretty easy.

Straight to the point

Instantiate a ContentVersion with a name, description and a small content. In this case I will create a TXT file to keep it simple.
ContentVersion cv = new ContentVersion();
cv.Description  = 'test description';
cv.PathOnClient ='test_file.txt';
cv.Title = 'test file ';
cv.versiondata=Blob.valueOf('test file body');
insert cv;
After creating the file we want to relate to one or many existing records such as an Account, Opportunity or even a custom object record. To do that we have to insert a ContentDocumentLink
ContentDocumentLink cdl = new ContentDocumentLink();
cdl.ContentDocumentId = [SELECT Id, ContentDocumentId FROM ContentVersion WHERE Id =: cv.Id].ContentDocumentId;
cdl.LinkedEntityId ='ANY ID'; // <----- put your record id here, example: an account tid
cdl.ShareType = 'V';
insert cdl;


Now go to the associated record and see the file attachment. You will have to add the Files related list to the layout in case you don't have it yet.

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