I have a component where I am building a lightning:recordEditForm using fields based on a different field sets that looks a little something like this:


    <aura:attribute name="fieldApiNames" type="List" />
    <aura:attribute name="showSpinner" type="Boolean" default="true" />

    <aura:if isTrue="{!v.showSpinner}">
        <lightning:spinner alternativeText="Loading..." />

    <lightning:recordEditForm onload="{!c.handleLoad}" objectApiName="Account">
        <lightning:messages />

        <lightning:layout multipleRows="true">
            <aura:iteration items="{!v.fieldApiNames}" var="api">
                <lightning:layoutItem aura:id="formItems" size="6">
                    <div aura:id="top-div" />
                    <lightning:inputField aura:id="field" fieldName="{!api}" />
                    <div aura:id="bottom-div" />

    <lightning:button title="Show Field Values" onclick="{!c.handleButton}" />


When you call find() on an aura:id that occurs multiple times, you get back an array of everything with that aura:id. If I wanted to access an element within the body of one of the elements returned with my find() call, could I do it with the aura:id of said sub-element like below, in the handleButton function?

    handleLoad : function(cmp, evt, helper) {
        cmp.set( "v.showSpinner", false );

    handleButton : function(cmp, evt, helper) {
        var first = cmp.get("v.fieldApiNames")[0];
        cmp.find("formItems").forEach( function(item) {
            alert( item.find("field").get("v.value") );       <== ?
        } );
  • Something like cmp.find("formItems").find("field").get("v.value"); ? Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 16:06
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    That particular line throws an error, because (.. I think ..) I need to use the loop on cmp.find("formItems") because there will be multiple elements with that aura:id. Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 16:12

2 Answers 2


It appears that this "nested find" (per se) is not possible. I opted to dynamically create each lightning:layoutItem and each, respectively, nested lightning:inputField in an init handler for my component. This allowed me to assign an aura:id as I created each individual component.


you should use foreach for lightning:inputField aura id, then you get array of inputfields cmps then do foreach and get values like what i tried below


 handleButton : function(cmp, evt, helper) {
        var first = cmp.get("v.fieldApiNames")[0];
        cmp.find("field").forEach( function(itemcmp) {
            alert( itemcmp.get("v.value") );       <== ?
        } );
  • This would work in scenarios where the use case is exactly the same as my example. Unfortunately (and I apologize if this was poor practice), my example is not my exact use case. I was trying to simplify it to find a answer without too much of the nitty gritty. Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 3:29

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