I want to change label for tab dynamically, but that's not working. Please find the related code below:


<lightning:tab label="test1" id="tabId">

JS Controller

component.find("tabId").set('v.label', 'test2');

Can you help me with this?

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    Can you elaborate on how it's not working? Any errors? Or is it simply not changing the label? – Sebastian Kessel Dec 17 '18 at 18:32
  • Yeah when I am trying to change the label using component.find(), its changing value to null. As we are using id instead of aura:id. Will that make any difference? – Sankalp Gupta Dec 17 '18 at 18:36
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    yes, component.find only works on aura:id, it does not work on the standard html id property – Sebastian Kessel Dec 17 '18 at 18:37
  • what about the id then? How can I change the value for label dynamically ? – Sankalp Gupta Dec 17 '18 at 18:38
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    @SankalpGupta as Sebastian said, use aura:id instead of id. – sfdcfox Dec 17 '18 at 18:42


It turns out that the label attribute in lightning:tab is of type component[] and not text. And thus it was not being set in the first place when trying to set the label directly.

component.find("tabId").set("v.label", "New Value");

So to set the label, you will need to get the label component and then set the value attribute on it. Note that you will need to use aura:id instead of id as mentioned in the docs.

This will yield you the results.

// this returns the tab's label component as an array
var tabLabel = component.find("tabId").get("v.label");

// this was to verify, where is the label's value set.
// the 0-th element in the label component has an attribute value

// once you change it, your new label will be rendered righ away
tabLabel[0].set("v.value", "New Label");


While not completely sure about your use case, but re-rendering the tab will achieve for what you are looking for.

On Component, declare attributes as below:

<aura:attribute name="tabLabel" type="String" default="Old Label" />
<aura:attribute name="hasLabelChanged" type="Boolean" default="true" />

Then, use it as below to render the tab:

<aura:if isTrue="{!v.hasLabelChanged}">
    <lightning:tab label="{!v.tabLabel}" aura:id="tabId">
        Tab Contents here !

And then in your JS, doing something will let you change the label.

component.set("v.hasLabelChanged", false);
component.set("v.tabLabel", "New Label");
component.set("v.hasLabelChanged", true);

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