Having some problems dynamically creating a lightning:buttonMenu using $A.createComponents(). Creating the buttonMenu works fine but as soon as I try to add a lightning:menuItem I get the following when I click the menu:


Uncaught Assertion Failed!: Descriptor for Config required for registration : undefined  throws at ...

helper method from component:

createFilterMenu: function(cmp) {
    var options = cmp.get('v.filterOptions')
    var menuOptions = [
            'lightning:buttonMenu', {
                'aura:id': 'filterMenu',
                'iconName': 'utility:filterList',
                'alternativeText': 'Filter Selection',
                'value': cmp.getReference('v.filter'),
                'onselect': cmp.getReference('c.filterChange')
                'label': 'test',
                'value': 'test'
        function(components, status, errorMessage) {
            if (status === 'SUCCESS') {
                var menuDiv = cmp.find('menu')
                var menu = components[0]
                var item = components[1]
                menuDiv.set('v.body', menu)
            } else if (status === 'INCOMPLETE') {
                console.log('No response from server or client is offline.')
            } else if (status === 'ERROR') {
                console.log('Error: ' + errorMessage)
  • Can you help narrow it down? Whats in menu.set("v.body", item); ? can you remove as much as you can while still getting the error? – Kris Gray Apr 6 '17 at 22:29
  • This is a nested component example as mentioned here. menu.set('v.body',item) is setting the body for the lightning:buttonMenu with a lightning:menuItem. The hope is to be able to dynamically build that menu this way. – WarbleSync Apr 7 '17 at 13:01
  • Can I get the full stack trace? Can you break on the error and get more information? I tried to reproduce using your createComponents call, but it didn't happen. – Kris Gray Apr 7 '17 at 17:50
  • @Kris Gray Did you ever figure out what this was? Running into it myself. – Grekker Aug 25 '18 at 20:38
  • @WarbleSync I'm getting this same error in the exact same circumstances. I dynamically create a buttonMenu with child menuItems, and when I click on the buttonMenu the error is thrown. If I skip adding the children, clicking on the buttonMenu produces an empty dropdown and no error. Definitely related to the children somehow. Did you ever resolve this? – Grekker Aug 25 '18 at 20:52

Please refer to http://dfyjkt.blogspot.com/2018/09/is-it-impossible-to-dynamically.html

The reason is buttonMenu's body is Aura.ComponentDefRef, not the usual Aura.Component. The workaround in that post does not work for me, but it explains why it does not work.

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