I would like to pass a parameter to a JavaScript controller method so the method could format the data...


   <aura:iteration items="{!v.listOfStuff}" var="a">
      <li>{! c.formatFromUntil(a.Start__c, a.End__c) }</li>

JavaScript Controller

formatFromUntil : function(starts, ends){
   // format the two date like below
   return 'from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM'

But the developer console will not save, and I get this error:

Failed to save exampleComponent.cmp: unexpected token: '(' at column X of experssion: c.formatFromUntil(a.Start__c, a.End__c) : Source

It obviously does not want me accessing controller methods like this.

How should I be approaching this?

  • 1.No you can't pass parameters through markup, you can do it by creating child component , in that cmp you want to create a attribute and set dateformat value , via doinit.
    – vignesh
    Jun 3, 2018 at 19:22

1 Answer 1


You have to calculate the data in your controller/helper:

listOfStuff.forEach(item => 
    item.FromUntil = helper.formatFromUtil(item.Start__c, item.End__c);

Which you then render normally:

  <li>{!a.FromUntil }</li>

If these are actual records that you intend to send back to the server later, you might want a "wrapper" instead:

listOfStuff = sourceList.map(function(item) 
    return { record: record, 
             FromUtil: helper.formatFromUntil(record.Start__c, record.End__c) 

You'd need to adjust your markup and any other code that relies on the item structure accordingly.

  • And if the ListOfStuff is a List<Account> it will add the FromUntil property?
    – Robs
    Jun 3, 2018 at 22:13
  • 1
    @Robs You can put whatever you want in the list, but be careful if you're sending it back to the server, as it may have undesirable side effects.
    – sfdcfox
    Jun 3, 2018 at 23:44

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