This question has been raised before but I haven't seen a satisfactory answer to it.

Basically I want to make global variable (which is a chart object reference) available to all components (for event handlers etc to have access to the object).

If I switch locker services off I can simply graft the object reference into the aura $A global

$A.netChart = new NetChart({
            container: ctx,
           area: { height: 350 }, 

But going forward this wont be a viable option with locker services being mandated.

The other suggestion is to use a custom global value provider:

myChart = new chart(); 
$A.set('myChartObject', myChart);

But lightning doesn't currently support custom global value providers and the above causes an exception to be thrown.

Am I missing something? Is there a way to make the global chart variable available?

1 Answer 1


How about using static resources and defining the global variables like below

Approach 1 involves using a static resource file to store all the global values

Here is how a code in your static resource look like

  "use strict"; //Optional because LC on LockerService active runs in strict mode

 var globalConstants = {

  w.globalvalues = globalConstants;


And then in lightning component you will use like below

 ltng:require scripts="{!$Resource.TestScript}" afterScriptsLoaded="{!c.afterScriptsLoaded}" />

 afterScriptsLoaded : function(cmp){

Approach 2: An application event fired on init call and all the components handle it .


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