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When a user in SFDC goes to a contact and creates a new opportunity we want to carry over some of the data from the Contact into that opp.

We typically do this with a custom button to pass URL parameters however we're migrating to lightning and that's obviously not an option.

How are other folks going about passing data from contact to opp?

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    Lightning quick actions? There is plenty of documentation and trailhead modules on the subject. – glls Jul 25 '18 at 21:30
  • Quick Actions can only create a record for whom the Object select is Parent, found worth mentioning. You would have to create a custom lightning component, that fetches value from Contact and create Opp. But can be done. – Pranay Jaiswal Jul 25 '18 at 21:31
  • It depends. If you need a UI interaction, you will need to build a custom component and you can use force:createRecord for that purpose to populate default values. If you don't need a UI interaction, you can use trigger. – Jayant Das Jul 25 '18 at 22:06
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You might want to check Lightning Alternatives to JavaScript Buttons.

Lightning component actions are custom actions that invoke a Lightning component. They support Apex and JavaScript and provide a secure way to build client-side custom functionality.

This would be the best approach for passing data from an existing/newly created record to another one. As to how and what exactly you want your action to do is really up to you.

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