Quick Start LWC Development

Quick Start LWC Development


Create an LWC component called contactList that displays contact names and phone numbers in your app. You’ll get the contact information to display from an Apex class called ContactController.

Before you start, install Salesforce Extensions for Desktop or Set Up Code Builder

Add an Apex Class that Queries Contacts

  1. In VS Code, run the command SFDX: Create Project from the Command Palette to create a Salesforce DX project if you don’t have one.
  2. Log in to the org to which you want to add the LWC.
  3. Run the SFDX: Refresh SObject Definitions command from the Command Palette to get completion suggestions for your SObjects related code.
  4. From the Command Palette, run SFDX: Create Apex Class and create a class called ContactController.

Next let’s add a method called getContacts to this class. Make this method both public and static. Because it’s a static method, you don’t need to create an instance of the class to access the method—you can just use the name of the class followed by a dot (.) and the name of the method. This method queries a set of fields on the contact object. Paste this code into ContactController.cls:

public with sharing class ContactController {
    public static List<Contact> getContacts() {
        return [
FROM Contact

Next, add the LWC component that displays queried fields.

Create an LWC Component that Displays Contact Information

  1. From the Command Palette, run SFDX: Create Lightning Web Component and create a component called contactList in the default location.
  2. In the contactList.html file, cut and paste the following code, then save the file:
    <lightning-card title="Contact List">
        <template if:true={contacts.data}>
            <template for:each={contacts.data} for:item="contact">
                <div class="slds-var-p-horizontal_medium" key={contact.Id}>
                    <p>{contact.Name}, {contact.Phone}</p>
        <template if:true={contacts.error}>

  1. In the contactList.js file, cut and paste this code and save:
import { LightningElement, wire } from 'lwc';
import getContacts from '@salesforce/apex/ContactController.getContacts';

export default class ContactList extends LightningElement {
    @wire(getContacts) contacts;
  1. Cut and paste the following code in the contactList.js-meta.xml file and save:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<LightningComponentBundle xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">


  1. Right-click the default folder under force-app/main and run SFDX: Deploy Source to Org to deploy your code to the org.

Add the New Component to Your App in Lightning Experience

  1. In Visual Studio Code, open the Command Palette and run SFDX: Open Default Org. This opens your org in a separate browser.
  2. From the App Launcher find and select Sales.
  3. Click Setup gear then select Edit Page.
  4. Drag the contactList Lightning web component from the Custom area of the Lightning Components list to the top of the Page Canvas.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Activate.
  7. Click Assign as Org Default.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Click Save again, then click Back arrow to return to the page.
  10. Refresh the page to view your new component.

PNG showing LWC component

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