R shiny - last clicked button id

I have multiple action buttons, on which i want to show different select Inputs and I want to know last clicked button id, how can I do that? When I use

which(lapply(c(1:10), function(i) { input[[paste0("ActionButton", i)]]}) == TRUE)

It shows me all button which were clicked, however I want to know which one was the last in order to enable click once again on previous buttons. How can I do that? I am new in shiny and not sure if understand all reactive/isolate issue so I would be greateful for any hints.

Answers:

Answer

You can do it by adding JS

smthing like

$(document).on('click', '.needed', function () {
                              Shiny.onInputChange('last_btn',this.id);
                             });

Example ( add class needed to btn if you want to control not all btn)

 ui <- shinyUI(fluidPage(

  titlePanel("Track last clicked Action button"),
  tags$head(tags$script(HTML("$(document).on('click', '.needed', function () {
                                Shiny.onInputChange('last_btn',this.id);
                             });"))),

  sidebarLayout(
    sidebarPanel(
      actionButton("first", "First",class="needed"),
      actionButton("second", "Second",class="needed"),
      actionButton("third", "Third",class="needed"),
      actionButton("save", "save"),
      selectInput("which_","which_",c("first","second","third"))
    ),

    mainPanel(

      textOutput("lastButtonCliked")
    )
  )
))


server <- shinyServer(function(input, output,session) {
  observeEvent(input$save,{
    updateSelectInput(session,"which_",selected = input$last_btn)
  })
  output$lastButtonCliked=renderText({input$last_btn})

})
# Run the application 
shinyApp(ui = ui, server = server)
Answer

This code track which button was last clicked:

   library(shiny)


    ui <- shinyUI(fluidPage(


       titlePanel("Track last clicked Action button"),


       sidebarLayout(
          sidebarPanel(
            actionButton("first", "First"),
            actionButton("second", "Second"),
            actionButton("third", "Third")
          ),

          # Show a plot of the generated distribution
          mainPanel(
             textOutput("lastButtonCliked")
          )
       )
    ))


    server <- shinyServer(function(input, output) {

            rv <- reactiveValues(lastBtn = character())
            observeEvent(input$first, {
                    if (input$first > 0 ) {
                            rv$lastBtn = "first"
                    }
            })
            observeEvent(input$second, {
                    if (input$second > 0 ) {
                            rv$lastBtn = "second"
                    }
            })
            observeEvent(input$third, {
                    if (input$third > 0 ) {
                            rv$lastBtn = "third"
                    }
            })
            output$lastButtonCliked <- renderText({
                    paste("Last button clicked: ", rv$lastBtn)
            })
    })
    # Run the application 
    shinyApp(ui = ui, server = server)

Version with lapply with many buttons. Credit goes to @Victorp and this answer.

This is the code:

    library("shiny")
    ui <- fluidPage(
            fluidRow(
                    column(
                            width = 6,
                            lapply(
                                    X = 1:5,
                                    FUN = function(i) {
                                            actionButton(inputId = paste0("button", i), label = paste("Button ", i))
                                    }
                            )
                    ),
                    column(
                            width = 6,
                            textOutput("lastButtonCliked")
                    )
            )
    )
    server <- function(input, output){

            rv <- reactiveValues(lastBtn = character())

            lapply(
                    X = 1:6,
                    FUN = function(i){
                            observeEvent(input[[paste0("button", i)]], {
                                    if (input[[paste0("button", i)]] > 0) {
                                            rv$lastBtn = paste0("button", i)    
                                    }
                            })
                    }
            )

            output$lastButtonCliked <- renderText({
                    paste("Last button clicked: ", rv$lastBtn)
            })
    }
    shinyApp(ui = ui, server = server)

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