Work on LWC. Why I can not get the data item on the li onclick event?

    <li role="presentation" key={item.key} class={itemClass} id="ms-list-item" data-id={item.key} data-name={item.value} onclick={onItemSelected}>
        <div id="listbox-option-unique-id-01"  class="slds-media slds-listbox__option slds-listbox__option_plain slds-media_small slds-media_center" role="option">
            <span class="slds-media__figure">
                <lightning-icon icon-name="utility:check" size="x-small" alternative-text="Selected" class="slds-icon slds-icon--selected slds-icon--x-small slds-icon-text-default slds-m-right--x-small"></lightning-icon>

            <span class="slds-media__body">
                <span class="slds-truncate" title={item.value}>{item.value}</span>

Js file

import { LightningElement, track, api } from 'lwc';
export default class PickListItem extends LightningElement {
    @api item;

    constructor () {
    connectedCallback () {
        this._item =  JSON.parse(JSON.stringify (this.item));
    get itemClass () {
        return 'slds-listbox__item ms-list-item' + (this.item.selected ? ' slds-is-selected' : '');
    onItemSelected (event) {
        let temp=event.target.dataset.name

Always get console output onItemSelected::: undefined

  • I don't think you can split the key inside the component and the for:each directive outside the component (e.g. in a parent component) the way you're going about it. This is likely the cause of any of a number of issues. This child component should not be aware of if it is being placed inside a for:each directive or not. You'll need to shuffle some of your code around.
    – sfdcfox
    Sep 20, 2020 at 16:40
  • 1
    Try changing event.target to event.currentTarget. Sep 20, 2020 at 17:32

1 Answer 1


We can retrieve the custom data attribute from an event using dataset property or getAttribute() method. Let's assume the api property "item" has value

item = { "key" : "value" };

<li> element contains data-id={item.key}, for <li> element onclick method onItemSelected()

onItemSelected (event) {
    let temp=event.currentTarget.dataset.id
    let tempCopy=event.currentTarget.getAttribute("data-id");

this should give below highlighted value, from lwc playground enter image description here

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