In my previous posts, we have seen how we can use application and component events and when we should go for. You all must be thinking what if we want to call the controller of child component controller from the parent component. So, in this post, we will see how we can do the above things.

aura:method: – Use <aura:method> to define a method as part of a component’s API. This enables you to directly call a method in a component’s client-side controller instead of firing and handling a component event.

The <aura:method> tag has these system predefined attributes that we can use

Name: – The method name. Use the method name to call the method in JavaScript code.

Action: – The client-side controller action to execute

Access: – he access control for the method. Valid values are: public and global

Description: – The description of the method.

Declaring Parameters: – We can also use parameters to send the values from parent to child using the attributes.

Below is sample of child Component

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<aura:method name="sampleMethod" action="{!c.doAction}" 
                        description="Sample method with parameters"> 
       <aura:attribute name="param1" type="String" default="parameter 1"/> 
       <aura:attribute name="param2" type="String" /> 



Define the action that needs to be executed when “sampleMethod” gets called from the parent component. Create a method into Controller of Child Component. Child Component Controller sample code.

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	doAction : function(cmp, event) {
	var params = event.getParam('arguments');
	if (params) {
		var param1 = params.param1;
		// add your code here



Get the value into the child controller: – Retrieve the arguments using event.getParam(‘arguments’). It returns an object if there are arguments or an empty array if there are no arguments. For example, if you are passing 2 parameters then you can get like below

Step1: – Get the array of all the arguments

var params = event.getParam(‘arguments’);

Step2: – Now, get the value of the attribute using the name of the attribute.

var param1 = params.param1;

var param2 = params.param2;

In Final Step Call the method from the Parent Code: –

Step1: – Call the child component inside the parent component using the syntax like below and use aura:id for the child component which will let you find the child component and then you can call the controller method.

<c:childComponent aura:id=’childCmp’ /> – Use this Syntax if no namespace is defined by you.

<yourNameSpace:childComponent aura:id=’childCmp’ /> Use this Syntax if you have your own       namespace is defined by you.

Step2: – Create a button OR any event in which you want to execute the child controller method.

<lightning:button variant=”brand” label=”Submit” onclick=”{! c.handleClick }” />

Step3 : – Call the child controller method from the parent controller method.

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handleClick : function(component, event, helper){

// Find the child component using the aura:id that we have given while creating the parent component and store the same into a variable.

var childCmp = component.find('childCmp');

// Call the Child Controller method using childCmp variable dot method name defined into the child component

childCmp.sampleMethod('Sample Value for Param 1', 'Sample Value For Param 2'); // Pass the parameters here




Example: – For example, we will take a very simple scenario for creating the quick contact for the selected account doing this we will reduce the work of going to account detail page and then create a contact from there. You can get the complete code from Here.

The output of the component is below: –

Aura Method.gif


Happy Coding 🙂

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If you have any questions let me know in comments Section.

Resource: –

Salesforce Document


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