What is a Salesforce.com 'Scratch Org'?



A scratch org is a disposable Salesforce environment that can be created and deleted quickly. In this article, we will explain the value of scratch orgs, some use cases, and the steps to create one.

The Value of Scratch Orgs

  • Quickly create and test Salesforce features
  • Collaborate with other developers without affecting existing Salesforce orgs
  • Get a fresh environment to test different configurations and customizations

Use Cases for Scratch Orgs

  • Developing new Salesforce features without affecting existing orgs
  • Testing different configurations and customizations without risking data loss or corruption
  • Collaborating with other developers without disrupting existing workflows

Steps to Create a Scratch Org

  1. Sign up for a Salesforce Developer account
  2. Install the Salesforce CLI on your computer
  3. Open your command prompt or terminal and enter the command "sfdx force:auth:web:login"
  4. Enter your Salesforce Developer account credentials when prompted
  5. Enter the command "sfdx force:org:create -f config/project-scratch-def.json"
  6. Your scratch org will be created and you will receive an email with the login credentials

Creating a scratch org is easy and can be done in just a few steps. Once you have created your scratch org, you can start developing and testing Salesforce features without worrying about affecting existing orgs or data. If you want to learn more about scratch orgs and Salesforce development, check out these helpful resources:

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