currently on the account ojbect i have a related object that has a list button


that runs a VF page.

Now i'm thinking of making a quick action that initialized the VF page, and somehow pass the record id....BUT the it would be a massive rewrite as the object controller is not a standard controller... and the VF page has it's own controller.

So is it possible to create a lightning component that simply passes a record Id to a VF page and starts a VF page?

would this work?

    <aura:component controller="New_Service" implements="force:lightningQuickActionWithoutHeader,flexipage:availableForAllPageTypes,force:hasRecordId" access="global" >
      <aura:handler name="init" value="{!this}" action="{!c.newService}"/>

js controller

    newService : function(component, event, helper) {
            var urlEvent = $A.get("e.force:navigateToURL");
            var recordId = component.get("v.recordId");

          "url": 'https://xxxxxxxx--XXXXXXXX.cs41.my.salesforce.com/apex/New_Service_VF?id=' + recordId, 


This gets me the following error

Read timed out An unexpected error has occurred. Your development organization has been notified.

When i just use

/apex/New_Service?id=' + recordId,

i get the null page error.

All i'm trying to do is fire a VF page and pass the account record ID to it...that's it no more no less. I would use a quick action to fire the VF page (i'm using a quick action to fire this), but that would take a major rewrite of apex code.

solved: I'm a silly and the sandbox has custom setting issues.

1 Answer 1


Best practice would be to use the lightning:navigation helper library component. See the Page Reference examples here, specifically the "Navigate to a Web Page".

If you're VF page is a custom tab, then you can use the Navigation Item Page Type standard__navItemPage as referenced here (with an example on how to use it), or just use the standard_webPage page type for a regular VF page

  • So i updated my question i'm wondering if the issue is the URL, because i'm getting the null error in sfdc when it redirects.
    – ensir
    Apr 23, 2019 at 16:50
  • Not sure what's giving the null error. For what it's worth, force:navigateToURL is an older component event and Salesforce suggests to use lightning:navigation moving forward :-) That's what they say in the official documentation and you can use standard__webPage page type for navigating to the VF page Apr 23, 2019 at 18:52
  • Miler thank you, just found it. the VF page calls on it's controller which calls on a toolingquery class we have which uses custom settings that werent changed from our production org to this sandbox lolol
    – ensir
    Apr 24, 2019 at 18:05
  • Parity between your sandbox and production, happens all the time! Apr 24, 2019 at 19:42

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