I am trying to pass a value from visualforce page to apex controller using apex:param inside the apex:repeat but it gives me a null value. How to make my code work? am i missing something ? Please help me.


Visualforce Page

<apex:repeat value="{!ButtonsControl}" var="btnlist" id="btnsid" >

  <apex:outputText value="{!btnlist.Option_Name__c}">
        <apex:param name="LikedUserName" value="{!btnlist.Option_Name__c}" assignTo="{!actionBTN}" />



global with sharing class Contact_Handler_Controller {

public String actionBTN{get;set;}

public static List<Control_Option__c> getButtonsControl(){
   return [SELECT Id,Object__c,Option_Name__c FROM Control_Option__c WHERE Object__c='Contact'];
public Contact_Handler_Controller()

2 Answers 2


The constructor is called before your getButtonsControl, and so it will indeed be null. In fact, that code, by itself, doesn't have any particular purpose, because you're not using the parameter with a function call of some sort. Here'd be a typical usage:

<apex:repeat value="{!ButtonsControl}" var="btnlist" id="btnsid" >
  <apex:commandButton action="{!doSomething}" value="Do Something" reRender="form">
    <apex:param name="LikedUserName" value="{!btnlist.Option_Name__c}" assignTo="{!actionBTN}" />

This will call the function doSomething (not currently defined in your controller), and actionBTN will contain the appropriate value for that instance of the button within your action function.

  • but what i want is when the apex repeat is executed , the data will automatically pass to the apex controller without any action by the user. Oct 27, 2015 at 2:26
  • how can i do that ? Oct 27, 2015 at 2:27
  • @DanrylTigolCarpio You'd just assign a value directly to a variable. apex:param is used for passing values between Visualforce components and Apex Code. In fact, I'm not really sure what problem it is you're trying to solve; I'd suggest opening a new question to address the problem you're having (what you've attempted/what you're trying to do), rather than ask specific questions about why a particular syntax is correct or not.
    – sfdcfox
    Oct 27, 2015 at 2:32
  • You have a big point fox. Here is the scenario, I want to write a program that will display a dynamic button , that button has the status of (ON/OFF) so if button is off button style will inactive and if its on, style will be active. So to do that I have two Object First Object(Buttons__c...Custom field(Button_name__c)), is where i will add manually a dynamic button i want to display in the page. Second Object(Button_Status__c...Field(Button_Name__c,Status__c))is where the status(ON/OFF) based. Oct 27, 2015 at 3:07

just remove the line of code

<apex:param name="LikedUserName" value="{!btnlist.Option_Name__c}" assignTo="{!actionBTN}" />

This should solve the problem, i believe.

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