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I have a lightning component that allows you to create a contact record via:

createRecord : function (component, event, helper) {
var createRecordEvent = $A.get("e.force:createRecord");
createRecordEvent.setParams({
    "entityApiName": "Contact"
});
createRecordEvent.fire();}

After I add the new contact in the popup I am navigated away from my current page and brought the view contact page. Is there any way to prevent this and remain on the current page? And, if so, is there a callback so that I know the save happened and I can reload related data on my page?

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Yes, but you have to go the custom route. force:recordData and lightning:recordEditForm are yours friends. Here are a couple examples: Creating a Record, Lightning Data Service Example

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    – Homerlex
    Jul 25 '18 at 13:25
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As far as I can tell, there's no out of the box way to do this when using force:createRecord event. Using this event opens up the standard record create layout and that you don't have a way to capture the results after the record has been saved. The below excerpt from the documentation may help.

This event presents a standard page to create a record. That is, it doesn’t respect overrides on the object’s create action.

For your use case, the only route you have is to build a custom screen and save logic (using other available components and events) and accordingly utilize that for your needs.

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