I have built a lightning app containing 2 components.

1)Comp1 is the login page. Comp2 is the registration page. 2) After logging in user is taken to the registration page. User enters data here that goes into salesforce.

I want to -

1) To Show the progress while the record is being saved. 2) Refresh the page once data is saved.

I tried using $A.get("e.force:refreshView") but I am getting error as this event is being returned as null. Am I missing something?

3 Answers 3


Events like $A.get("e.force:refreshView") are only available in the context of Salesforce1 application. If you are not running inside SF1 then you have to use standard javascript means, like window.location.reload() or window.location.href = ...

  • Thanks gaiser. Can you please explain what do you mean by in the context of Salesforce1 application? Is that a separate framework you are talking about? window.location.reload() does reload the page but it takes me back to the login page. I want my current component i.e. registration page to be shown. How can I get my current component to refresh?
    – Vandana
    Mar 13, 2015 at 2:27
  • context of Salesforce1 application means that your component/app is running inside Salesforce1, not normal salesforce. With regards to window.location.reload() - this may be specific to how you implemented your lightning App. I used this approach before (in a standalone app, not in Salesforce1) and it worked as expected. Try using window.location.href instead, to see if that makes any difference.
    – gaiser
    Mar 16, 2015 at 17:07

I just ran into this and found what I think is a better solution.

If you have a component that is rendering a cell for a single object, and you want to do things like dynamically getting an icon, or some other call, then re-render once it's returned (which I think is a pretty common thing), you can simply wrap the entire cell in an <aura:iteration> tag.

Your component might look like this:

<aura:attribute name="render_list" type="List" />
<aura:attribute name="item" type="Object" />
<aura:iteration items="{!v.render_list}" var="render" indexVar="indx">

And your callback code might do this:

var item = component.get("v.item");
var render_list = [item];
component.set("v.render_list", render_list);

This is taking advantage of <aura:iteration> being aware that it needs to re-render it's contents on change. Much easier to control what happens and localize where a re-render needs to happen at an object level.


Have you tried your apps in Lightning Experience or not? You can follow this link for more info about using force:refreshView: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.lightning.meta/lightning/ref_force_refreshView.htm

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