I have a main component that creates different instances of a child component which all have inputs and checkboxes. What I want is that whenever I change the value in a picklist for a child component, fire an event that can be handled by each of the other child components.

Right now I have an Application event, the registerEvent and handler are set all on the child component. Whenever I fire the event it is only handled in the same component, not in the other similar ones.

This is the raw setup:


  • Children component #1

  • Children component #2

  • Children component #3

Lightning app:

<aura:application access="GLOBAL" extends="ltng:outApp" >
    <aura:dependency resource="c:testParentComponent"/>

Lightning component parent:


Lightning component child.cmp:

<aura:registerEvent name="changeValue" type="c:changePicklistvalue"/>
<aura:handler name="changeValue" action="{! c.handleDependencyChange}" event="c:changePicklistvalue" />

Lightning component child.js:

callDependencyChange: function(cmp, event, helper) {
    // event.stopPropagation();
    var compEvent = cmp.getEvent("changeValue");


handleDependencyChange : function(cmp, event) {
        window.alert('handleDependencyChange: ');
        var fieldName = cmp.get("v.fieldName");
        window.alert('fieldName: ' + fieldName);
        if (fieldName == 'Type') {
            cmp.find("selectList").set("v.value", "porotos");

Note that each children component is the same lightining component created in different instances. How can I handle events for each of the children components?

  • Hi, I am not sure to understand the problem that you are facing. This scenario is supported by Application events. I just did a quick try by placing twice the same component that fire/handles an event in a test app and the event is caught twice. – POZ Aug 18 '17 at 14:11
  • In my case only the component that fired the event is able to handle it – Marcos Carri Aug 18 '17 at 14:58

I've found the solution. Instead of getting the event by the registerEvent name: var compEvent = cmp.getEvent("changeValue");

You should use:

var cmpEvent = $A.get("e.c:changeValueEvent");

and retrieve the event by its original name.

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