1. How do I pass a variable to a client-side javascript controller (not the server side component) from a lightning component?

    <ui:button value="Press Me" press="{!c.clientFunction('abc')}" />
  2. What is the best way to get the element id, not Aura id?

    <div class="slds-card" id="{!v.contact.Id}" aura:id="contactId">

    In given scenario, I have an element with aura:id as "contactId" and want to find its id. This is what I did to get it:

    var contactCard = component.find("contactId");
    var globalId = "[data-aura-rendered-by='"+contactCard.getGlobalId()+"']";
    var contactId = $("div"+globalId)[0].id;
  3. Is it possible to share a helper utility across all components?

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Here is your answer as per my understanding.

  1. ({
      "echo" : function(cmp) {
       // create a one-time use instance of the serverEcho action
       // in the server-side controller
       var action = cmp.get("c.serverEcho");
       action.setParams({ firstName : cmp.get("v.firstName") });
        // Create a callback that is executed after 
        // the server-side action returns
        action.setCallback(this, function(response) {
            var state = response.getState();
            // This callback doesn’t reference cmp. If it did,
            // you should run an isValid() check
            //if (cmp.isValid() && state === "SUCCESS") {
            if (state === "SUCCESS") {
                // Alert the user with the value returned 
                // from the server
                alert("From server: " + response.getReturnValue());
                // You would typically fire a event here to trigger 
                // client-side notification that the server-side 
                // action is complete
            //else if (cmp.isValid() && state === "ERROR") {
            else if (state === "ERROR") {
                var errors = response.getError();
                if (errors) {
                    if (errors[0] && errors[0].message) {
                        console.log("Error message: " + 
                } else {
                    console.log("Unknown error");
        // optionally set abortable flag here
        // A client-side action could cause multiple events, 
        // which could trigger other events and 
        // other server-side action calls.
        // $A.enqueueAction adds the server-side action to the queue.

to pass value to javascript controller. You can't directly pass it

    getLabel : function(component, event, helper) {
        var myLabel = component.find("button1").get("v.label");
        component.set("v.buttonLabel", myLabel);

Use this code sample for reference to pass parameters.

  1. cmp.find("button1") find the component and then get the id.

    var cmp = $A.getComponent(globalId);

find the component using global id Reference

  1. Yes. As per docs you can share a helper utility but i tried this before but it will not work for me.

Here is a good reference for your help.

  • 1. I am trying to pass params from Component to client controller, not client controller to server side controller. 2. cmp.find() - finds the element by their local id, not the element id. Jan 12, 2016 at 5:09
  • @Salesforcesmarty update my answer. Jan 12, 2016 at 5:20
  • 1. I figured it out, I will have to use the attributes. 2. Global IDs and element ids are different. 3. Can you redirect me where did you read this? Jan 12, 2016 at 5:47
  • @Salesforcesmarty update my answer. Jan 12, 2016 at 5:50
  • 2
    There are three type of ids possible for a component in lightning. Local Id (aura:id), Global Id(Generated by aura) and element Id property. Jan 12, 2016 at 5:54

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