I'd like to format a currency value that a user inputs in a modal dialog as part of a lightning-datatable field that is composed of some fixed text and that currency value.

But AFAIK there are no JavaScript APIs in LWC for this kind of thing: it is assumed that such formatting is always part of a template via e.g. lightning-formatted-number with the results directly output.

Is hand-crafted code or using a 3rd party library and finding ways to hook in the user's locale the only way to go here?

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You can access the user's locale via the i18n library methods, which you can then pass in to LWC datatable's typeAttributes:

import USERLOCALCURRENCY from '@salesforce/i18n/currency';


{ label: 'Amount', fieldName: 'amount', type: 'currency', typeAttributes: { currencyCode: USERLOCALECURRENCY }},
  • Are there any other libraries that are available for us like the i18n? Is there a list somewhere?
    – Arthlete
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 19:39
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    @Arthlete That's Salesforce's only offering. It's possible to write a custom cell type + a library like globalize to provide custom logic, or you can mix-and-match using the two techniques. I'd recommend starting with i18n + the built-in attributes to see if it meets a project's need before going off the beaten path.
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 19:44
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    @Arthlete il8n is provided by Salesforce so it will likely be the best experience for working with LWCs. There are a number of internationalization JS libraries out there but finding one that plays well with LWCs may be a challenge. There are a handful on the awesome-javascript list. github.com/sorrycc/awesome-javascript#i18n-and-l10n
    – nbrown
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 19:45
  • @nbrown Thanks for your input. I'm going to check out that library myself. We don't use i18n in our org, but I'm envisioning a time in the near future where a personal project of mine will need it.
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 19:46
  • Thanks all for this input. I'm looking for something quite small to just do data formatting; interesting to see the work going into e,g, pluralisation. Something like github.com/formatjs/formatjs may be a better starting pint given that it is broken out into lots of packages.
    – Keith C
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 19:54

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