When I Google "lightning component sample app" the top of the list is this February 2015 Lightning Components Sample App: Belgian Beer Explorer.

I am trying to work out how to structure an interactive editing app made up of a collection of co-operating components but am struggling in places (see How to share data between co-operating Lightning Components?) so would like to learn from other developers about how to make all the pieces fit together. If you know of a good open source sample app that uses the framework as it is now, please post a link to it as an answer.

(I am not looking for individual components; I am looking for ideas on how to assemble multiple components into a significant piece of functionality that reads and writes the database and offers good editing capabilities.)


The June 2016 Meet DreamHouse, the new App Cloud Sample App isn't quite it either, as the components there are quite loosely coupled.

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I think because people are exactly looking for that the same team that build Dreamhouse has now built the Mutual Fund Explorer - a complex set of tightly coupled Lightning components that show

  • Caching data with storable actions
  • Caching data with a custom cache
  • Creating a dropdown box from picklist values
  • Creating a dropdown box from a list of records
  • Event bubbling
  • Using application events
  • Using component events
  • Using a third-party JavaScript library
  • Using bound vs unbound expressions
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    The winner for April/May 2017!
    – Keith C
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 8:48
  • Winner of what? Commented May 18, 2017 at 9:36
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    The best sample app at the moment.
    – Keith C
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 10:30

I recently created a large app that controlled several (8 I think) smaller components that depended on it. I used both Abstract and Interface components to enforce a standard API between all components.

The Interface component was used to:

  • Define events that could be emitted by each component (This does not preclude you from adding more events to a particular component, but you can rely on each component being able to emit a basic subset of events).
  • Define certain attributes that each component would be guaranteed to have (eg an opportunityId)

I then created an Abstract component that implemented this interface. This component was responsible for:

  • All calls server-side. This simplified child component server calls greatly.
  • Notifications
  • Spinners
  • A public method "refresh" which could be called on any child that would refresh it's view without having to dispatch an event.
  • Some other utility shared logic (which I considered putting in a utility component and decided against)

To support this, I created an interface in Apex and made all controllers for this meta-app implement this interface - It meant that I could be guaranteed that I would receive a custom Result object which contained three parameters:

  1. A success boolean
  2. A message (generally only used in case of error)
  3. A data string (Results were generally encoded as a JSON string)

So a child component would define a success handler (and optionally an error handler - if not, the Abstract component would handle it).

The child component would also define the method to be called and parameters to be passed to it. The syntax reduced the size of server calls by 2/3.

So, the Abstract component handles server calls, notifications and more and can make calls to it's children.

For the children to communicate with the parent, I defined a DataChange event with some fairly generic attributes - pretty much just the data that changed (an object) + the id of the component (which is set by the parent when it is dynamically created).

I set up a github repo here that partially represents this framework. To simplify things, I left out the Interface component - I'll put it here:

<aura:interface description="Interface that enforces the use of certain events and attributes to tie the app together">

  <aura:attribute name="opportunityId" type="String" description="Id of the Opportunity that this 1003 for is for."/>
  <aura:attribute name="componentId" type="String" description="Id of this component, which should match the aura:id"/>
  <aura:attribute name="opportunity" type="Opportunity" default="{'sobjectType':'Opportunity'}"/>

  <aura:registerEvent name="dataSaved" type="c:DataSaved"/>

The main parent component was a list of mostly empty html elements that I used to dynamically create the child components as the user clicked on them (this was easily fast enough) - simplified here:

  <li id="First_Component" class="slds-is-active" onclick="{!c.handleNavigationClick}">
  <li id="Second_Component" onclick="{!c.handleNavigationClick}">
  <li id="Third_Component" onclick="{!c.handleNavigationClick}">

And finally, the dynamic component creation routine - note the dynamic creation of ids.

createComponent: function(component, selectedNavigationItem, previousNavigationItem, selectedComponentName) {

  //find the existing component and remove it if present
  var itemToDestroy = component.find(previousNavigationItem + "_SelectedDetail");
  if (itemToDestroy) {

  //clear body of host component just in case
  var hostComponent = component.find("DetailSection");
  hostComponent.set("v.body", []);

    selectedComponentName, {
      "aura:id": selectedNavigationItem + "_SelectedDetail",
      "componentId": selectedNavigationItem + "_SelectedDetail"
      "opportunityId": component.get("v.opportunityId")
    function(newComponent, status, errorMessage) {
      //Add the new button to the body array
      if (status === "SUCCESS") {
        var body = hostComponent.get("v.body");
        hostComponent.set("v.body", body);
      } else if (status === "INCOMPLETE") {
        console.log("No response from server or client is offline.");
      } else if (status === "ERROR") {
        console.log("Error: " + errorMessage);


Hope this helps!

  • Thanks it does. Looking to leverage all good ideas that are already out there.
    – Keith C
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 8:59

The newly released Sample Gallery needs an answer in its own rights.


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There are couple of them that are worth noting .They cover broader use cases and editing capability as well.

Building Single Page Applications with Lightning Components

Best Practices for Advanced Lightning Components

  • Thanks Mohith, somewhat helpful. No big app in GitHub that you know of?
    – Keith C
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 17:31
  • Those videos should have link to the git repo as well .I am on mobile but will find the links. Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 17:32
  • Thanks - at least in the first video there is GitHub link in a page but as its a video...
    – Keith C
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 17:37

I have been looking for some sample code and projects as well, here's what I found.

Dreamforce Workshop 2016

Sample App Gallery by Salesforce

New Lightning Component Book by Mohith Shrivastava

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