I'm using d3.min.js library in my org. These libraries are being used in lightning component context. this is all working fine till now. After enabling locker service feature it stopped working. Getting below error msg:

Uncaught Error during init [Action failed: c$BaseChartComp$controller$initComponent [TypeError: concreteComponent.getDef is not a function]]

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot set property 'innerHTML'

/resource/D3_3517/D3_3512/d3.min.js:5 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'document' of undefined

Cannot set property 'innerHTML' of null

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'matches' of null

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot set property 'innerHTML' of null

Code Snippet which causes the issue:

getConcreteCompHelper: function(component) {
    var me = this,
        concreteComponent = component.getConcreteComponent(),
        ccHelper = concreteComponent.getDef().getHelper();

    return ccHelper;
getConcreteComp: function(component) {
    var me = this,
        concreteComponent = component.getConcreteComponent();

    return concreteComponent;
handleWindowResize: function(component) {
    var me = this,
        ccHelper = me.getConcreteCompHelper(component),
        childComp = me.getConcreteComp(component),
        chartRedrawListner = function(cc) {
            return function() {
        listener = chartRedrawListner(childComp);

    window.addEventListener('resize', listener);

    me.windowUnregisterFn = function() {
        window.removeEventListener('resize', listener);

Application is erroring out while executing line,

ccHelper = concreteComponent.getDef().getHelper();

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Any help would be appreciable.


2 Answers 2


This seems unrelated to the JS library you are using. What is most likely happening is the following: a parent component is trying to call a child helper using the verbose approach:

var concreteHelper = cmp.getConcreteComponent().getDef().getHelper();

We want to remove access to this API because it exposes the complex internal structure of the component. It's hard to test, and hard to maintain.

You need to remove the .getDef().getHelper() and replace it with something else. The trick is to declare a method on your concrete component:

<aura:method name="myMethod" action="{!c.myMethodHandler}"/>

And call it from the super component:


In Lightning, every level of inheritance creates a component. This is a better pattern, since the helper is not part of the public API of a component like a method. You can define the method on an interface and ensure every instance abides to the contract, something that the .getDef().getHelper(); was not allowing.

  • Yes, you are correct. Looks like, it encapsulated the component into securecomponent (refer below console output for this statment 'component.getConcreteComponent()'). SecureComponent: markup://c:StackbarLineChart {29:2;a} {clientBusinessNeedsChart}{ key: {"$c":"c"} } Before enabling locker service i was getting as markup://c:StackbarLineChart {29:2;a} {clientBusinessNeedsChart}
    – Arjun SFDC
    Jun 28, 2016 at 10:55
  • Ok, here is the situation: Lightning is different than JS as it creates one instance per level of inheritance. When we design an application, it's the same cost whether your compose (as in include) or you extend another component. We will add getConcreteComponent() to SecureComponent and help with this use case, but things will not work as before because getDef() will not be exposed. What you will have to do is create a method on your concrete component and link it to your helper method. Would that work for you?
    – JF Paradis
    Jun 28, 2016 at 15:20
  • Ok, ConcreteComponent is exposed. I will modify my answer with the proper steps.
    – JF Paradis
    Jun 28, 2016 at 16:53
  • Error "Uncaught Error during init [Action failed: c$BaseChartComp$controller$initComponent [TypeError: concreteComponent.getDef is not a function]]" is fixed but getting next error "Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'document' of undefined throws at /resource/D3_3517/D3_3512/d3.min.js:5:4186"
    – Arjun SFDC
    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:43
  • This is the line in d3.min.js referring to "fo=this.document;if(fo)try{co(fo.documentElement.childNodes)[0].nodeType}catch(so)"
    – Arjun SFDC
    Jun 30, 2016 at 10:47

We have been using D3 in our lightning components and ran into the same error message. We found that, when Locker Service is turned on, "this" in D3's encapsulated function becomes undefined in the Component. We have resolved the issue by defining a variable "self" and assigning "window" to it if "this" is undefined. We then had to update references to "this" in that encapsulated function's scope (not anonymous functions defined within it) to reference "self". Locker Service actually helped us find those instances and after resolving all of them, D3 worked with Locker Service turned on.

  • 1
    In D3 v3 there was an issue in that library itself that made it's module initialization not function correctly with strict mode (made the assumption in 1 location that this === window). That has been fixed in the latest version of D3 which is 4.2.6 and works find with LS activated. Oct 7, 2016 at 11:09

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