Salesforce: How to Use Workbench to Mass Update Folder Permissions for Reports and Dashboards

Our users had wanted to update permissions for hundreds of report and dashboard folders in Salesforce. Rather than manually modifying the folder permissions through the Salesforce UI, we can mass update these permissions using the Metadata API through Workbench, an unofficial Salesforce tool.

My deepest gratitude to Roger Mitchell, our brilliant mentor, for the guidance.

These instructions are specific to MacOS X.

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