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What are relationships?

Relationships allow you to retrieve data that you can use to create documents. When you create a DocGen Package with no relationships, you only have access to the data available from the starting object and any reports you may have added.

What can you do with relationships?

The tags that appear in the field tagger represent the data that is available for documents in your DocGen Package. Use relationships for the following: 

Types of relationships

There are five different types of relationships.

Relationship type

When to use it?

Salesforce Object

Use Salesforce Object relationship first, unless one of the other relationships seems better suited for your needs. Salesforce Object relationship (also known as the basic relationship) is almost always the best option.

Top Level

Use Top Level relationships if you're starting out with a limited amount of data (for example, your starting object is a custom object).

Unrelated Data

Use an Unrelated Data relationship if you don't know up front which object contains the data you want to add to your documents.

Use SOQL Query relationships if you're comfortable working with SOQL or have a super complex relationship that would otherwise be difficult to express with one of the other relationships.

Apex Data

Use Apex Data relationships if you're comfortable working with Apex. You can extract and process data in one fell swoop, similar to using Excel as middleware to process data before presenting it in output documents.

Combine relationships and relationship types

Add and combine relationships and relationship types as necessary to get the data you want into the DocGen Package.

Tip:  A good rule of thumb is to add as few relationships as necessary to get the data you need for your output documents.

Relationship limits

Common relationships fields

Many relationships use the same fields for creating relationships. This reference provides description of common fields shared between relationship types.

Section Field Description


Relationship Alias

Type an Alias name. This field differentiates one filtered relationship from the another. It creates new tags specific to one filtered relationship. For more information on aliasing, see How to alias a relationship.


Copy Type

This determines how records within your related object will be merged into your document. If "Row" is selected, a row will be created within a table for each record in your related object. If "Table" is selected, a new table will be created for each related record in your related object. For more information, see Build tables, group tables, or duplicate document sections.


Delete Table (if no records)

Specifies the entire table will be deleted if your related object contains no records.

Order Relationship by

Unnamed Drop-down box

Specifies the field which determines the order in which your related object records will be inserted into the document. Based on the field selected here, the app alphabetically sorts the order of your records within your related object . If you leave None selected, records are sorted by Name.


Add field

Specifies a new field should be added to order fields by. Limit 5.



Specifies the filed should use descending order.

Filter Criteria

Numbered filter rows

Enter filter criteria. You must select a field on your related object to filter by, a criteria and a value. You can have one or several filters on a relationship.

For more information on filtering, see How to filter a relationship.

Note: Nintex Drawloop DocGen® for Salesforce date literals use the same conventions as Salesforce date literals, although our app supports only a subset of the date literals available in Salesforce. For more information, see Date Formats and Date Literals in the Salesforce documentation.


Add filter

Specifies that a new filter row should be added.


Field Tagger

Opens the Field Tagger. For more information, see Field Tagger.


Advanced Filter Conditions

Use Boolean logic expressions in Advanced Filter Conditions to refine your filter. For more information, see Add Filter Logic in the Salesforce documentation.


How many records

Specifies the number of records to include. Leave blank to include all records.

If the Copy Type is Hierarchy , the value in this field will limit the number of levels.