Multi Select Picklist in Lightning Component

We can use lightning:dualListbox component to show multi select picklist field values. lightning:dualListbox component represents two side-by-side list boxes. Select one or more options in the list on the left. Move selected options to the list on the right. The order of the selected options is maintained and we can reorder options.

Here in below example I’m using a Custom object “Book”, and the multi select picklist field “Genre” of “Book” object.
Apex Class:

public class SampleAuraController {
    public static List <String> getPiklistValues() {
        List<String> plValues = new List<String>();
        //Get the object type from object name. Here I've used custom object Book.
        Schema.SObjectType objType = Schema.getGlobalDescribe().get('Book__c');
        //Describe the sObject using its object type.
        Schema.DescribeSObjectResult objDescribe = objType.getDescribe();
        //Get the specific field information from field name. Here I've used custom field Genre__c of Book object.
        Schema.DescribeFieldResult objFieldInfo = objDescribe.fields.getMap().get('Genre__c').getDescribe();
        //Get the picklist field values.
        List<Schema.PicklistEntry> picklistvalues = objFieldInfo.getPicklistValues();
        //Add the picklist values to list.
        for(Schema.PicklistEntry plv: picklistvalues) {
        return plValues;

Lightning Component:

<aura:component controller="SampleAuraController">
    <!--Declare Event Handlers--> 
    <aura:handler name="init" action="{!c.doInit}" value="{!this}" description="Call doInit function on component load to get picklist values"/>
    <!--Declare Attributes-->
    <aura:attribute name="GenreList" type="List" default="[]" description="Genre Picklist Values"/>
    <aura:attribute name="selectedGenreList" type="List" default="[]" description="Selected Genre Picklist Values"/>
    <div class="slds-m-around_xx-large">
        <lightning:dualListbox aura:id="selectGenre"
                               label="Select Genre" 
                               sourceLabel="Available Genre" 
                               selectedLabel="Selected Genre" 
                               options="{!v.GenreList }"
        <lightning:button variant="brand" label="Get Selected Genre" onclick="{!c.getSelectedGenre}" />

Lightning Component JS Controller:

    doInit: function(component, event, helper) {
        var action = component.get("c.getPiklistValues");
        action.setCallback(this, function(response) {
            var state = response.getState();
            if (state === "SUCCESS"){
                var result = response.getReturnValue();
                var plValues = [];
                for (var i = 0; i < result.length; i++) {
                        label: result[i],
                        value: result[i]
                component.set("v.GenreList", plValues);
    handleGenreChange: function (component, event, helper) {
        //Get the Selected values   
        var selectedValues = event.getParam("value");
        //Update the Selected Values  
        component.set("v.selectedGenreList", selectedValues);
    getSelectedGenre : function(component, event, helper){
        //Get selected Genre List on button click 
        var selectedValues = component.get("v.selectedGenreList");
        console.log('Selectd Genre-' + selectedValues);


  • Mohit Joshi

    Having trouble passing the values back to the apex controller. I am using a map parameter in my apex method but still getting null in the debug. Can anyone suggest something.

  • FargoUT

    Excellent, but also embarrassing omission by Salesforce for their own field type. Can’t create multi-select picklists in VF pages with Lightning enabled? Come on Salesforce devs, what are you doing?

  • sunny

    Need to select multiselect values and get it saved in Contact Record along with lastname

  • Sreenivasulu Gorre

    nice and simple…