Flex - ComboBox Control


When the user selects an item from the drop-down list in the ComboBox control, the data item appears in the prompt area of the control.

One difference between the ComboBox and DropDownList controls is that the prompt area of the ComboBox control is implemented by using the TextInput control, whereas in case of DropDownList control, it is Label control. Therefore, a user can edit the prompt area of the control to enter a value that is not one of the options available.

Class Declaration

Following is the declaration for spark.components.ComboBox class −

public class ComboBox 
   extends DropDownListBase 
      implements IIMESupport

Public Properties

S.No Property & Description

enableIME : Boolean



imeMode : String


itemMatchingFunction : Function = null

Specifies a callback function used to search the item list as the user enters characters into the prompt area.


labelToItemFunction : Function

Specifies a callback function to convert a new value entered into the prompt area to the same data type as the data items in the data provider.


maxChars : int

The maximum number of characters that the prompt area can contain, as entered by a user.


openOnInput : Boolean = true

If true, the drop-down list opens when the user edits the prompt area.


prompt : String

Text to be displayed if/when the input text is null.


restrict : String

Specifies the set of characters that a user can enter into the prompt area.

Public Methods

S.No Method & Description



Methods Inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes −

  • spark.components.supportClasses.DropDownListBase
  • spark.components.List
  • spark.components.supportClasses.ListBase
  • spark.components.SkinnableDataContainer
  • spark.components.supportClasses.SkinnableContainerBase
  • spark.components.supportClasses.SkinnableComponent
  • mx.core.UIComponent
  • mx.core.FlexSprite
  • flash.display.Sprite
  • flash.display.DisplayObjectContainer
  • flash.display.InteractiveObject
  • flash.display.DisplayObject
  • flash.events.EventDispatcher
  • Object

Flex ComboBox Control Example

Let us follow the following steps to check usage of ComboBox control in a Flex application by creating a test application −

Step Description
1 Create a project with a name HelloWorld under a packagecom.tutorialspoint.client as explained in the Flex - Create Application chapter.
2 Modify HelloWorld.mxml as explained below. Keep rest of the files unchanged.
3 Compile and run the application to make sure business logic is working as per the requirements.

Following is the content of the modified mxml file src/com.tutorialspoint/HelloWorld.mxml

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "utf-8"?>
<s:Application xmlns:fx = "http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009"
   xmlns:s = "library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark"
   xmlns:mx = "library://ns.adobe.com/flex/mx"
   width = "100%" height = "100%" minWidth = "500" minHeight = "500">
   <fx:Style source = "/com/tutorialspoint/client/Style.css" />
         import mx.collections.ArrayCollection; 

         public var data:ArrayCollection = new ArrayCollection (
            {value:"France", code:"FR"},
            {value:"Japan", code:"JP"},
            {value:"India", code:"IN"},
            {value:"Russia", code:"RS"},
            {value:"United States", code:"US"}		

         private function mappingFunction(input:String):Object {
            switch (input){
               case "France":
                  return {value:input, code:"FR"};		
               case "Japan":
                  return {value:input, code:"JP"};		
               case "India":
                  return {value:input, code:"IN"};		
               case "Russia":
                  return {value:input, code:"RS"};		
               case "United States":
                  return {value:input, code:"US"};		
            return null;

      <mx:DateFormatter id = "dateFormatter" />
   <s:BorderContainer width = "550" height = "400" id = "mainContainer"
      styleName = "container">
      <s:VGroup width = "100%" height = "100%" gap = "50" horizontalAlign = "center"
         verticalAlign = "middle">
         <s:Label id = "lblHeader" text = "Form Controls Demonstration" 
            fontSize = "40" color = "0x777777" styleName = "heading" />
         <s:Panel id = "comboBoxPanel" title = "Using ComboBox" width = "420" 
            height = "200">
            <s:VerticalLayout  gap = "10" verticalAlign = "middle" 
               horizontalAlign = "center" />	
            <s:Label text = "Index :" /> <s:Label 
               text = "{comboBox.selectedIndex}" fontWeight = "bold" />
            <s:Label text = "Value :" /> <s:Label 
               text = "{comboBox.selectedItem.value}" fontWeight = "bold" />
            <s:Label text = "Code :" /> <s:Label 
               text = "{comboBox.selectedItem.code}" fontWeight = "bold" />
         <s:ComboBox  id = "comboBox"  dataProvider = "{data}" width = "150" 
            labelToItemFunction = "{mappingFunction}" selectedIndex = "0" 
            labelField = "value" />     

Once you are ready with all the changes done, let us compile and run the application in normal mode as we did in Flex - Create Application chapter. If everything is fine with your application, it will produce the following result: [ Try it online ]

Flex ComboBox Control