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Byron Kiourtzoglou
Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.

Create read-only (non-editable) JTextField

In this example we are going to see how to create read-only JTextFields in Java Desktop Applications. This is very useful in many occasions.

In order to create a non editable JTextField, all you have to do is:

  • Create a class that extends JFrame.
  • Create a new JTextField.
  • Use setEditable(false) that sets the specified boolean to indicate whether or not this textfield should be editable.
  • Use add to add the field to the frame.

Let’s see the code:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import java.awt.FlowLayout;

import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JTextField;

public class CreateReadOnlyJTextField extends JFrame {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

	public CreateReadOnlyJTextField() {

		// set flow layout for the frame
		this.getContentPane().setLayout(new FlowLayout());

		// create JTextField
		JTextField field = new JTextField();
		field.setText("Java Code Geeks");

		// Sets the specified boolean to indicate whether or not
	    // this textfield should be editable.

		// add textfield to frame


	private static void createAndShowGUI() {

  //Create and set up the window.

  JFrame frame = new CreateReadOnlyJTextField();

  //Display the window.





	public static void main(String[] args) {

  //Schedule a job for the event-dispatching thread:

  //creating and showing this application's GUI.

  javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {

public void run() {





This was an example on how to create read-only (non-editable) JTextField.

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