ListSelection example

With this tutorial we shall show you how to perform List Selection activities using JList components and ListSelectionListener interface. List selection is a very useful feature, when you applications requires user input with fixed choices.

In order to use JList and ListSelectionListener, one should perform the following steps:

  • Create a class that implements ListSelectionListener interface.
  • Override the methods that correspond to the events you want to monitor about the list e.g valueChanged and customize it to customize the handling of the respective event.
  • Create a new JList
  • Use the addListSelectionListener mehtod of the JList class to add to it the ListSelectionListener you’ve created.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import javax.swing.JCheckBox;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JList;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JScrollPane;
import javax.swing.event.ListSelectionEvent;
import javax.swing.event.ListSelectionListener;

public class ListSelectionExample extends JPanel {

    String labelArray[] = {"1", "2", "3"};
    JCheckBox checkBoxArray[] = new JCheckBox[labelArray.length];

    JList listLable = new JList(labelArray);

    public ListSelectionExample() {

  JScrollPane scrollPane = new JScrollPane(listLable);


  listLable.addListSelectionListener(new SelectionListen());

  for (int i = 0; i < labelArray.length; i++) {

checkBoxArray[i] = new JCheckBox("Option " + i);



    public static void main(String args[]) {

  JFrame jFrame = new JFrame("Selection example");


  jFrame.setContentPane(new ListSelectionExample());



class SelectionListen implements ListSelectionListener {

    public void valueChanged(ListSelectionEvent evetn) {

  if ((!evetn.getValueIsAdjusting()) || (evetn.getFirstIndex() == -1)) {



  for (int i = evetn.getFirstIndex(); i <= evetn.getLastIndex(); i++) {

System.out.println(((JList) evetn.getSource()).isSelectedIndex(i));


This was an example on how how to perform List Selection activities using JList components and ListSelectionListener interface.

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.
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