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Add more than 1000 picklist values in visualforce page (controller 1000 list items limit)


I have following code -

Page -

<apex:selectList value="{!selectContactId}" multiselect="false" size="1" id="RelatedContact">
    <apex:selectOptions value="{!relatedContacts}"/>

Controller -

public List<SelectOption> getRelatedContacts() 
    List<SelectOption> options = new List<SelectOption>();
    options.add(new SelectOption('', '-None-'));
    if(opportunityObj != null && GeneralUtil.CheckBlank(opportunityObj.accountid))
        for(Contact contactObj: [select id,name from contact where accountid=:opportunityObj.accountid limit 999]) //controller can have only 1000 items in list :(
            options.add(new SelectOption(,;
    return options;

this doesn't work for more than 1000 values any ways to get around this ?

Attribution to: Prafulla Patil

Possible Suggestion/Solution #1

The limit 1000 is applicable for any List that is shared across the Page and Controller(i.e. public lists). This is because of viewstate size. As everyone suggested, list is definitely not a proper solution to search or select from thousands of values. Just added up my point to mention this is applicable to any list and not only for SelectOption.

Attribution to: Vignesh Damodharan

Possible Suggestion/Solution #2

I'd say "you're doing it wrong" ;)

Every time you're hitting a limit like that you should stop and ask if that's really what you need to do. Even if you'd be able to input 50K contacts here - what would usability of such monster be? How is user expected to scroll through this? I'd say a lookup with a search function is really the way to go, that's what it is for.

Have you considered using an autocomplete? Jeff Douglas's blog contains a really nice example on dynamic search - it's not exactly autocompletion but you shouldn't have too much trouble modifying it.

An alternative might be @BobBuzzard's VF lookup

Or simply marry jqueryUI autocomplete and a @RemoteAction

But if you insist on reading further... ;)

public class picklistTest{
    public String selectedVal {get;set;}
    public List<SelectOption> getOptions1(){
        List<SelectOption> retVal = new List<SelectOption>();
        for(Integer i = 0; i < 1000; ++i){
            retVal.add(new SelectOption(String.valueOf(i+1), String.valueOf(i+1)));
        return retVal;
    public List<SelectOption> getOptions2(){
        List<SelectOption> retVal = new List<SelectOption>();
        for(Account a : [SELECT Id, Name FROM Account]){
            retVal.add(new SelectOption(a.Id, a.Name));
        return retVal;
    public List<SelectOption> getOptions3(){
        List<SelectOption> retVal = new List<SelectOption>();
        for(Contact c : [SELECT Id, LastName FROM Contact]){
            retVal.add(new SelectOption(c.Id, c.LastName));
        return retVal;

<apex:page controller="picklistTest">
    <apex:selectList value="{!selectedVal}" size="1">
        <apex:selectOptions value="{!options1}"/>
        <apex:selectOption itemValue="Hi StackExchange" itemLabel="Hi StackExchange"/>
        <apex:selectOptions value="{!options2}"/>
        <apex:selectOptions value="{!options3}"/>


So you can get your query results, build a <List<List<SelectOption>> for example and then have a combo of <apex:repeat> + <apex:selectOptions>... I still advise against doing this though ;)

Attribution to: eyescream
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