How Can I Remove Something I Imported Through Salesforce Data Loader

Last Modified: March 7, 2024 - 2 min read

Julian Alvarado

Facing the aftermath of importing incorrect data can turn into a significant hiccup within your Salesforce environment. Nevertheless, with the right tools and steps at your disposal, correcting this is less daunting than it appears.

Our focused guide here details precisely how to remove data imported erroneously using the Salesforce Data Loader. Let’s ensure your database remains accurate and tidy, one step at a time.

Understanding the Salesforce Data Loader

Before we delve into the deletion process, it’s vital to grasp the basics of importing data. When you upload any records using the Salesforce Data Loader, at the end of your session, a success file is generated.

This file is pivotal for our deletion process as it houses the IDs of the records that were successfully imported.

Preparing for Deletion

Initially, when you import data, choose your file and map your fields.

Choosing the import file and mapping fields to Salesforce object fields in Data Loader.

Salesforce will then process these and create a success file post-upload.

Salesforce Data Loader creating a success file indicating successful data upload.

Locating the Success File

Immediately after your import operation, Salesforce Data Loader generates a success file in the directory you’ve chosen, typically the Downloads folder.

 Locating the success file in the Downloads folder generated by Salesforce Data Loader after import.

How to Remove Something Imported Through Data Loader

Let’s walk through the process of utilizing the success file to delete the imported records.

Step 1: Choose Delete within Data Loader

Launch Data Loader, select the delete option, and choose the correct Salesforce object. This object should match the imported records you wish to remove.

Step 2: Load the Success File

Browse and select the success file previously generated. This action tells Salesforce Data Loader which records need to be targeted for deletion.

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Selecting the generated success file to identify records in Salesforce Data Loader for deletion.

Step 3: Map Fields and Delete

Data Loader will automatically match the ID field from your file to the Salesforce record IDs.

Data Loader automatically matching the ID field from the import file with Salesforce record IDs for synchronization.

Confirm the mapping and proceed with the delete operation by clicking finish.


Removing incorrectly imported data in Salesforce doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Following the outlined steps ensures that your Salesforce database remains accurate and free of unwanted data.

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