in Salesforce classic I created an object ,Equipment__c' and the field ,License plate' amongst others. We are using the object ,Equipment__c' for different types of equipment. For trucks the field ,License plant' must be mandatory. For tanks, however, it must not be visible. Therefore, the field ,License plate' is not required on database level. Rather, we created different visualforce pages and made the field mandatory in within the page.

Now we would like to move to Salesforce lightning with our application. I tried to use lightning:recordEditForm and lightning:inputField because then the fields are bound to the object's field and dependent picklists are working fine. However, we are facing two issues:

  1. Lookup fields can be displayed but when I try to search the spinner keeps spinning within the field and nothing happens. Does anyone has an idea why this happens?

  2. Is there any way to make a lightning:inputField mandatory even though it is not mandatory on database level? I tried to manipulate the input field via javascript but this isn't possible because of the locker service.

  • did u get this to work ? im stuck with same issue Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 18:22
  • Unfortunately, I did not get it to work. I guess we need to wait for a future release.
    – Chris K.
    Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 8:56
  • Stuck with this one. solution suggested by Chris-K would work but hope Salesforce will enable this functionality soon!
    – Ranga
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 10:10

1 Answer 1


maybe I found a solution to the problem. This is what I have set up:

  1. In the object manager do not set the field in question to required. Rather, create a validation rule that checks for blank values.
  2. In your component bundle create the following styles.

    .THIS .customRequired{
     font-weight: 400; } .THIS .customRequired:before{    
     content: "*";
     margin: 0 0.125rem 0 0.125rem;
     color: rgb(194, 57, 52);
     float: left; } .THIS .none{
     display:none; }
  3. In your controller create the following function

    showRequiredFields: function(component, event, helper){
    $A.util.removeClass(component.find("Input_contract_type__c"), "none");
  4. In your component create a recordEditForm and set the onload function. Also, create and inputField and set the class attribute.

    <lightning:recordEditForm onload="{!c.showRequiredFields}" aura:id="editForm" recordId="{!v.recordId}" objectApiName="Contract__c"> <lightning:inputField class="customRequired none" aura:id="Input_contract_type__c" fieldName="Contract_type__c" />

The css styles create a red star as label prefix. I figured out that if the star is not hidden on init, it will be displayed before the other fields are displayed. Therefore, I the star is hidden during init and is displayed onload.

  • 2
    Can I suggest a few edits? 1. Instead of having two classes on the element initially, you should have no classes and instead add the required class in your onload handler. This will clean up your code and remove the necessity for the none class. 2. You should "namespace" the name of your style class as there is already a required style class in Salesforce's style sheets e.g. call it my-required or similar.
    – Wes Nolte
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 12:41

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