Using component.getReference("c.thisComponentFunction") to grab a reference for dynamically created components is a known feature. I'm not finding any documentation (or possibility) to do the same for a helper function for the same component.


  doSomething : function(component, event, helper) {
    component.getReference("c.doSomethingElse"); //regular usage
    //component.getReference("helper.somethingElseInHelper"); //doesn't work
  doSomethingElse : function(component, event, helper) {


  somethingElseInHelper : function(component) {
    alert("you're in the helper!");

Is there a way to directly access "helper.somethingElseInHelper" with component.getReference()?

  • Looks like the answer is "No, unless you're extending a component" which kind of defeats the purpose. It's easier to just add a dispatcher function on the component to its helper. – tsalb Nov 2 '17 at 17:19

You cannot directly access a helper of another component unless you are extending it. You will need to create a controller method to give access to a helper method.

  • Edited for clarity and what I want to achieve. I'm in the same component, can you clarify what you mean by extending it? – tsalb Nov 1 '17 at 6:20
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    Check this one out for extending components , developer.salesforce.com/blogs/developer-relations/2015/03/… – StormBr34ker Nov 1 '17 at 9:29
  • That's a great feature. I'm not seeing it apply directly to my use case unless I basically have a component with only helpers - and extend THAT for my component.getReference("c.someHelperFunction"). I guess that's the workaround. – tsalb Nov 1 '17 at 18:05

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