I have an Aura component with an aura:iteration that each iteration generates a lightning:formattedNumber, a hidden lightning:input (both for the same field), and a lightning:buttonIcon that calls a controller method that hides the first and shows the second one.

I want to show and focus the lightning:input after I click the button, but I'm not able to use the .focus() method, because I can't get the component with .find(), since It seems I can't dynamically set aura:id.

Also, I tried to use a parent span with an id to access the input tag generated by the lightning:input with something like document.querySelector('#myDynamicIdValue input'), but it returns only null.

How could I focus this input?

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You can attach an iteration value to each row, then use that to figure out which input to focus.

<aura:iteration items="{!v.items}" var="item" indexVar="index">
  <div class="..." data-index="{!index}">
    <lightning:input aura:id="itemInput" ... />

Then, for your click handler:

onShowInlineEdit: function(component, event, helper) {
  let index = parseInt(event.target.closest("[data-index]").dataset.index);
  let inputs = component.find("itemInput");

This is essentially a version of my own problem that I had.

  • I used this idea of getting the list of inputs, but modified a little bit to filter by a string Id. Thank you! Commented Mar 10, 2021 at 10:56

One option is to create a component to contain the markup inside of aura:iteration.

This way there will be only one instance of lightning:input per inner component, thus the aura:id won't need to be dynamic and you can use component.find() to locate the lightning:input.

  • Thank you for the answer! That's seems a clean solution. As this UI grows, I'll eventually ending doing this, to organize better the things. Commented Mar 10, 2021 at 11:09

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