Emulate a custom object’s “Recent Items” in a Visualforce page

How can I get a specific object’s ‘Recent Items’ object Ids in Apex or SOQL?
Please note. I am not talking about the recent Items displayed on the homepage showing object types.

I couldn’t find a way in Apex or the API to get the current user’s
recently viewed records of a SObject.

I want to render a “Recent Items” list on a custom Visualforce page
that looks exactly as shown when you click a tab.

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Method 1

Building on Daniel Ballinger‘s answer to ‘How to get recent items’, the difference is really minor:


gives you recent items like in the sidebar. “Object-specific” are well – object specific:



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Or raw output:

  "recentItems" : [ {
    "attributes" : {
      "type" : "Opportunity",
      "url" : "/services/data/v26.0/sobjects/Opportunity/0067000000AH3M7AAL"
    "Id" : "0067000000AH3M7AAL",
    "Name" : "University of AZ Portable Generators111"
  }, {
    "attributes" : {
      "type" : "Opportunity",
      "url" : "/services/data/v26.0/sobjects/Opportunity/0067000000AH3M1AAL"
    "Id" : "0067000000AH3M1AAL",
    "Name" : "Grand Hotels Kitchen Generator"
  }, {
    "attributes" : {
      "type" : "Opportunity",
      "url" : "/services/data/v26.0/sobjects/Opportunity/0067000000AH3MEAA1"

Method 2

There is a new object that will be available in Summer ’13 called RecentlyViewed that you can use in SOQL to get a user’s recently viewed records.

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