I am new to salesforce Lightning component and I meet a problem about how to navigate from one lightning component to another Lightning component,I want to know what is the best practise for it?

Now I just build a desktop app, in one component named studys I have a button and when I click the button I want to show the studyDetail component, and the studys component is not on the page.

How can I do this?


You need three components in total, lets say my third component studysMainCmp and is as below.

<aura:component access="global" implements="force:appHostable">
    <aura:handler name="init" value="{!this}" action="{!c.doInit}" />
    <aura:handler event="c:navigateToCmp" action="{!c.NavigateComponent}" />



doInit : function(component, event, helper) {
    $A.createComponent("c:studys", {

    }, function(newCmp) {
        if (component.isValid()) {
            component.set("v.body", newCmp);

NavigateComponent : function(component, event, helper) {
if(event.getParam("navigate") == "true")
    $A.createComponent("c:studyDetail", {

        }, function(newCmp) {
            if (component.isValid()) {
                component.set("v.body", newCmp);

In your study component the button action should fire an event, the button function will be as below

buttonFunction : function(component, event) {
    var event = $A.get("e.c:navigateToCmp");
        "navigate" : "true"

Lightning event named navigateToCmp will be as below:

<aura:event access="global" type="APPLICATION" description="Event template" >
    <aura:attribute name="navigate" type="Boolean" default="false"/>

Please follow the blog https://force-base.com/2016/01/04/how-to-navigate-from-one-component-to-another-in-lightning/

It worked for me, hope it helps for you.


The event(force:navigateToComponent) can be found in app.js which is used here. However no docs introduce it until now(Spring '15).

On component

<button onclick="{!c.newComponent}" > YOUR BUTTON </button>

In controller

newComponent : function(component) {
var newEvent = $A.get("e.force:navigateToComponent");
            componentDef: "newComponent",
            componentAttributes: {
                //Set you attributes here if required.

Hope this will help you.

  • I already try it before, it doesn't work , maybe 'e.force:navigateToComponent' is not avalible now. Are you sure You can work with this?? – ming Aug 4 '16 at 8:32
  • 1
    Yes.We are using this. Can you post your code? – Anjuna Baby Aug 4 '16 at 8:34
  • @ming This might help you salesforce.stackexchange.com/a/133189/29317 (Also, e.force:navigateToComponent currently works for me too.) – SE_User Aug 4 '16 at 10:20

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