Track Data Changes to External Objects More Easily (Beta)

Track changes made to data that’s stored outside your Salesforce org with External Data Change Capture. Previously, you contacted Salesforce Customer Service, but now it’s on by default after you enable it. External Change Data Capture was called External Data Change Tracking in its Winter ’18 pilot release and renamed Triggers in its Spring ’19 beta release.
Where: This change applies to Lightning Experience and Salesforce Classic as part of Salesforce Connect using the OData 4.0 adapter. Salesforce Connect is free for Developer Edition and available for an extra cost in Enterprise, Performance, and Unlimited editions.


As a beta feature, External Data Change Tracking is a preview and isn’t part of the “Services” under your master subscription agreement with Salesforce. Use this feature at your sole discretion, and make your purchase decisions only on the basis of generally available products and features. Salesforce doesn’t guarantee general availability of this feature within any particular time frame or at all, and we can discontinue it at any time. This feature is for evaluation purposes only, not for production use. It’s offered as is and isn’t supported, and Salesforce has no liability for any harm or damage arising out of or in connection with it. All restrictions, Salesforce reservation of rights, obligations concerning the Services, and terms for related Non-Salesforce Applications and Content apply equally to your use of this feature. For information on enabling this feature in your org, contact Salesforce.

How: To enable a data source for change tracking, from Setup, in the Quick Find box, enter External Data Source, and then select External Data Source. Select your external data source, and select Eligible for Data Change Capture. Then enter the polling interval.

Screenshot of External Data Source setup with enablement checkbox and polling interval field highlighted

You can now also see your selected entities in the Change Data Capture screen, once you enable the Track Data Changes checkbox on external objects.

screenshot of change data capture