I've got a Lightning Component that handles a list of records of a certain custom object. I need to be able to check some of those records to proceed to the next step (the page is pretty much a wizard).

The problem is that I can iterate and display the records correctly, but I want to be able to mark them individually. To do so I thought of a Angular-like approach: create a checkbox and bind it to an attribute on the object that is being displayed on the list. It is like I have the custom object on the list and then I create a new attribute called selected.

On the list I have the following line:

<lightning:input name="selected" type="checkbox" aura:id="{!so.Id + '-checkbox'}" label="{!so.Name}" checked="{!so.selected}"></lightning:input>

The page displays the value correctly then I click the checkbox, but it doesn't seem to pass this attribute to the controller:

var selected = 0
for (var so in sales_orders) {
    if (sales_orders[so].checked) {

I can't retrieve the selected ones because the attribute doesn't exist (as seen on the console).

What would be the best workaround for this?

  • Aren't you using so.selected in the markup but so.checked in the Controller ? Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 13:14
  • Nicely observed. But after I changed to "checked" on the markup the problem persists... Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 13:19

1 Answer 1


lightning:input is a component, so you need to use component methods:

var selected = 0;
component.find("selected").forEach(function(field) {
    if(field.get("v.checked")) {

Also, you can't use merge fields in aura:id, so you should just change it to aura:id="selected" instead.

  • @RenatoOliveira Glad I could help!
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 13:27

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