How to Communicate Between two Lightning Components using Events?

How to Communicate Between two Lightning Components using Events?


An event can be something the browser does or something a user does.

Lightning framework uses event-driven programming. Handlers are written for interface events and they handle the events as they fire. In Lightning, framework events are triggered by client-side JavaScript controller actions. The attributes in an event could be set before the event gets triggered and read-only when the event is handled.

In Lightning framework events are declared by the aura:event tag in a .evt resource. Events can be of two types :

  1. Component Events: A component event can be triggered by an instance of a component and can be handled by the component that triggered it or by any other component in the hierarchy that receives the event.
  2. Application Events: An application event is fired by an instance of a component and all the components that provide a handler for the event are notified.

Steps to communicate between two Lightning Components using events:

  1. Create an event.
  2. Create two lightning components: Child component and parent component.
  3. Register the event in the child component and fired the event in the child component JavaScript controller action.
  4. Handle the event in the parent component.

A snippet of code for the lightning Event:

<aura:event type="COMPONENT">
    <aura:attribute name="message" type="String" default="“”/"></aura:attribute> <!-- attribute of event -->

A snippet of code for the child component:

    <aura:registerevent name="componentEventFired" type="c:CustomEvent"></aura:registerevent> <!-- Event is being register in child component-->
    <ui:button label="EventFire" press="{!c.fireComponentEvent}"></ui:button> <!-- Event will fired on click of this button -->

A snippet of code for the child component JavaScript controller:

    fireComponentEvent : function(cmp, event, helper) {
        var compEvents = cmp.getEvent("componentEventFired");// getting the Instance of event
        compEvents.setParams({ "message" : "Child Event Fired" });// setting the attribute of event;// firing the event.

A snippet of code for the parent component:

<aura:component controller="AccountLight">
    <aura:handler name="componentEventFired" event="c:CustomEvent" action="{!c.handleEvent}"></aura:handler> <!-- Handler for custom event -->
    <aura:attribute name="ParentAttribute" type="String" default="”"></aura:attribute> <!-- Attribute of parent component -->
    The ValueOf Attribute is {!v.ParentAttribute}

A snippet of code for parent component Javascript controller:

    handleEvent : function(component, event, helper) {
        var name =event.getParam("message");// getting the value of event attribute
        component.set("v.ParentAttribute",name); // Setting the value of parent attribute with event attribute value

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