First off...I am new to SF development and only dabble in javascript. My first "project" was creating an APEX class which calls an external web service (which i created and hosted on AWS). This class returns a single string value:

public class myUtils {

   public static string retValue(){
     String value;
     String payLoad = 'eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzZXJ2ZXIiOiJodHRwczovL2RlbW8udHNlcnZlcnRydXN0LnRhYmxlYXUuY29tL3RydXN0ZWQvIiwidX';
     HttpRequest req = new HttpRequest();
     req.setHeader('content-type', 'application/json');


     Http http = new Http();
     HTTPResponse res = http.send(req);

     String htmlRsp = res.getBody().replace('\'','\\\'');

     string regex = '"(.*)"';
     Pattern p = Pattern.compile(regex);
     Matcher m = p.matcher(htmlRsp);

       value = m.group(1);



Successfully tested this using a simple VF page:

<apex:page controller="myUtils">
    <apex:outputText value="{!retValue}" />

Now, I am struggling to understand the best way to call this apex class in lightning which would return this string value. I created an Aura component:

<aura:component implements="flexipage:availableForAllPageTypes,forceCommunity:availableForAllPageTypes" access="global" >
    <lightning:input aura:id="url" label="url" name="url" placeholder="url" type="url"/><br/>
    <lightning:button label="Send Request" onclick="{!c.thirdpartyClientCall}"/>

And controller:


    thirdpartyClientCaller : function(cmp, event, helper) { 
        var action = cmp.get("c.retValue"); 

        action.setCallback(this, function(response) { 
            var state = response.getState(); 
            if (state === "SUCCESS") { 
            else { 


When i inspect the page, i see nothing in the console. Any thoughts on what i'm missing?

  • 3
    thirdpartyClientCall and thirdpartyClientCaller. Check the spelling in aura component Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 17:15
  • Second @RohitMourya suggestion Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 17:17
  • @BryanAnderson Not sure, can you suggest it? Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 17:18

2 Answers 2


i have found 4 issues.

  1. your lightning component doesn't have Apex controller you have to add controller like below

    aura:component controller="myUtils" implements="flexipage:availableForAllPageTypes,forceCommunity:availableForAllPageTypes" access="global" >
  2. check spelling: thirdpartyClientCall and thirdpartyClientCaller

  3. check user profile Access for myUtils apex class.

  4. and replace $A.response(action); in your js controller with $A.enqueueAction(action);
  • 1
    good catch. I missed the controller part. +1 Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 17:28
  • Wow...thank you for the quick feedback! I have fixed/validated the three issues you identified and redeployed. Currently, when i click the "Send Request" button, nothing happens. When i inspect the page, there's simply nothing being returned. I would expect to see something in the console b/c of the controller code. Thoughts?
    – rdugge
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 18:15
  • updated with 4th issue please consider and let me know
    – sdandamud1
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 18:19
  • Yes! Now i'm getting "Success". Last question, how do I return the actual value returned from the apex class?
    – rdugge
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 18:40
  • response.getReturnValue() gives Apex method return value, i would recommend go through developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.lightning.meta/…. if your issue resolve please upvote my solution for help to others
    – sdandamud1
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 18:48

The function call in the aura component doesn't matches with the controller function name. thirdpartyClientCall and thirdpartyClientCaller

And rightly added by @sdandamud1, the controller is not mentioned in Aura Component.

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