I am trying to create an array of String values in an lightning component using a List attribute:

<aura:attribute name="keywords" type="List" default="['','','']" />

With multiple inputs:

<aura:iteration items="{!v.keywords}" var="keyword" indexVar="i">
    <lightning:input label="Keyword" value="{!keyword}" />

But in the controller after entering values, and invoking my handler, I get empty values?

 var keywords = component.get('v.keywords')

Am I missing something here? This appears to work in my other controllers (and I see other questions using this syntax), and seems like the appropriate setup ?


What's happening here is that the traditional two-way binding mechanism seems to be broken. If you put in default values (e.g. ['a','b','c']), you'll get those values instead. Or if you set it in an aura:valueInit handler (<aura:handler name="init"...), you'll see those values. I haven't heard of this happening recently, so I'll ask around. For now, though, a simple fix is to wrap the values in an object, as demonstrated here.

<aura:attribute name="keywords" type="List" default="[{value:''},{value:''},{value:''}]" />


<aura:iteration items="{!v.keywords}" var="item" indexVar="i">
    <lightning:input label="Keyword" value="{!item.value}" />


var keywords = component.get("v.keywords").map(item => item.value);

Presuming I come up with a reason why this is not working and/or a proper response, I'll come back here an update this answer.

  • @sfdxfox awesome thanks! – jordan.baucke Mar 17 '19 at 17:17

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