I have a Contact object form with a child form component for Buying Center objects. When I upsert the Contact, I need to submit a list of Buying Centers for this Contact.

Parent Contact component has a child component with ID attribute:

<c:buyingCenter masterRecordId="{!v.contact}" aura:id="buyingCentersComponent"/>

Parent controller calls aura:methods from child component upon onclick on a Save button:

 upsertContact: function (component, event, helper) {
        try {
            helper.upsertContact(component, contact);
        } catch (e) {
            console.log('There was an error: ' + e);

In child Buying Center component I have recordEditForm inside an aura:iteration:

<aura:attribute name="buyingCenters" type="Buying_Center_Assignment__c[]" default="[]"/>

<aura:method name="initialSaveBuyingCentersAndCheckRequiredFields" action="{!c.initialSaveBuyingCentersAndCheckRequiredFields}" access="PUBLIC">
    <aura:attribute name="foundError" default="false" type="Boolean"/>

<aura:method name="saveBuyingCentersFromParent" action="{!c.saveBuyingCentersFromParent}" access="PUBLIC"/>

<aura:iteration items="{!v.buyingCenters}" var="buyingCenter">
            <lightning:layoutItem size="12">

                      <lightning:layoutItem size="5">
                                  <lightning:inputField fieldName="Purchase_Unit__c"/>
                      <lightning:layoutItem size="5">
                                  <lightning:inputField fieldName="Role__c"/>


Now this child component has a method to add Buying Center objects to view. After adding the object the user can select values using recordEditForm:

addBuyingCenter: function (component, event, helper) {
       var buyingCenters = component.get("v.buyingCenters");
       if (buyingCenters == null) {
           buyingCenters = [];
       var buyingCenter = {};
       component.set("v.buyingCenters", buyingCenters);

When user finally clicks Save the list of Buying Centers is supposed to submit before the whole Contact form is also submitted:

initialSaveBuyingCentersAndCheckRequiredFields: function (component, event, helper) {
        var foundCmp = component.find('buyingCenterEditForm');
        console.log('Component to submit: ' + foundCmp);
        for (var i = 0; i < foundCmp.length; i++) {

        //After submitting I try to get the records again to check if submit was successful
       var masterRecordId = component.get("v.masterRecordId");
       helper.loadBuyingCenters(component, event, helper, masterRecordId);

       //This should be assigned by the helper but it's empty
       var buyingCenters = component.get("v.buyingCenters");
       console.log('Buying centers after submit: ' + JSON.stringify(buyingCenters));

        //additional logic to validate required fields      

The problem is that the Buying Centers are not submitting. The logs currently show:

Component to submit: SecureComponentRef: markup://lightning:recordEditForm {427:0} {buyingCenterEditForm}{ key: {"namespace":"c"} } buyingCenter.js:100:17
Buying centers after submit: [{}]

The object is correctly added to the view, I can select fields in the Record Edit Form but they are not saving. Is there anything wrong with my logic?

  • 2
    can you add 'onsuccess` && onerror events to lightning:erecordeditform then see what errors are coming, it gives more error info.
    – sdandamud1
    Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 14:07

1 Answer 1


After adding onError handler to the lightning:recordeditform it turned out I was missing a field when submitting the records - I needed to add Id of parent that the child relates to and I achieved it with a hidden field:

<lightning:layoutItem class="slds-hide">
    <!-- Hidden Contact ID field needed for submit -->
    <lightning:inputField fieldName="Contact__c" value="{!v.masterRecord.Id}"/>

Lesson learned - use onError, onSubmit and onSuccess handlers to check your recordEditForm

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