GWT - CheckBox Widget



The Checkbox widget represents a standard checkbox.

Class declaration

Following is the declaration for class:

public class CheckBox
   extends ButtonBase
      implements HasName

CSS style rules

Following default CSS Style rules will be applied to all the CheckBox widget. You can override it as per your requirements.

.gwt-CheckBox {} 
.gwt-CheckBox-disabled {} 

Class constructors

S.N.Constructor & Description
Constructor for CheckkBox.
2CheckBox(Element element)
This constructor may be used by subclasses to explicitly use an existing element.
3CheckBox(java.lang.String label)
Creates a check box with the specified text label.
4CheckBox(java.lang.String label, boolean asHTML)
Creates a check box with the specified text label and set its contents as HTML.

Class methods

S.N.Function name & Description
1java.lang.String getName()
Gets the widget's name.
2int getTabIndex()
Gets the widget's position in the tab index.
3java.lang.String getText()
Gets this object's text.
4boolean isChecked()
Determines whether this check box is currently checked.
5boolean isEnabled()
Gets whether this widget is enabled.
6protected void onEnsureDebugId(java.lang.String baseID)
Affected Elements: -label = label next to checkbox.
7protected void onLoad()
This method is called when a widget is attached to the browser's document.
8protected void onUnload()
This method is called when a widget is detached from the browser's document.
9protected void replaceInputElement(Element elem)
Replace the current input element with a new one.
10void setAccessKey(char key)
Sets the widget's 'access key'.
11void setChecked(boolean checked)
Checks or unchecks this check box.
12void setEnabled(boolean enabled)
Sets whether this widget is enabled.
13void setFocus(boolean focused)
Explicitly focus/unfocus this widget.
14void setHTML(java.lang.String html)
Sets this object's contents via HTML.
15void setName(java.lang.String name)
Sets the widget's name.
16void setTabIndex(int index)
Sets the widget's position in the tab index.
17void setText(java.lang.String text)
Sets this object's text.
18void sinkEvents(int eventBitsToAdd)
Adds a set of events to be sunk by this object.
19java.lang.String getHTML()
Gets this object's contents as HTML.

Methods inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes:




  • java.lang.Object

CheckBox Widget Example

This example will take you through simple steps to show usage of a CheckBox Widget in GWT. Follow the following steps to update the GWT application we created in GWT - Create Application chapter:

1Create a project with a name HelloWorld under a package com.tutorialspoint as explained in the GWT - Create Application chapter.
2Modify HelloWorld.gwt.xml, HelloWorld.css, HelloWorld.html and as explained below. Keep rest of the files unchanged.
3Compile and run the application to verify the result of the implemented logic.

Following is the content of the modified module descriptor src/com.tutorialspoint/HelloWorld.gwt.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<module rename-to='helloworld'>
  <!-- Inherit the core Web Toolkit stuff.                        -->
  <inherits name=''/>

  <!-- Inherit the default GWT style sheet.                       -->
  <inherits name=''/>

  <!-- Specify the app entry point class.                         -->
  <entry-point class='com.tutorialspoint.client.HelloWorld'/>

  <!-- Specify the paths for translatable code                    -->
  <source path='client'/>
  <source path='shared'/>


Following is the content of the modified Style Sheet file war/HelloWorld.css.

   text-align: center;
   font-family: verdana, sans-serif;
   font-size: 2em;
   font-weight: bold;
   color: #777777;
   margin: 40px 0px 70px;
   text-align: center;
.gwt-CheckBox-disabled {

Following is the content of the modified HTML host file war/HelloWorld.html.

<title>Hello World</title>
   <link rel="stylesheet" href="HelloWorld.css"/>
   <script language="javascript" src="helloworld/helloworld.nocache.js">

<h1>CheckBox Widget Demonstration</h1>
<div id="gwtContainer"></div>


Let us have following content of Java file src/com.tutorialspoint/ which will demonstrate use of CheckBox widget.

package com.tutorialspoint.client;


public class HelloWorld implements EntryPoint {
   public void onModuleLoad() {
      // Make a new check box, and select it by default.
      CheckBox checkBox1 = new CheckBox("Check Me!");
      CheckBox checkBox2 = new CheckBox("Check Me!");

      // set check box as selected

      //disable a checkbox

      checkBox1.addClickHandler(new ClickHandler() {

      public void onClick(ClickEvent event) {
            CheckBox checkBox = (CheckBox)event.getSource();
            Window.alert("CheckBox is " +
                        (checkBox.getValue() ? "" : "not") + " checked");

      // Add checkboxes to the root panel.
      VerticalPanel panel = new VerticalPanel();


Once you are ready with all the changes done, let us compile and run the application in development mode as we did in GWT - Create Application chapter. If everything is fine with your application, this will produce following result:

GWT CheckBox Widget

When you click Click Me CheckBox, it will show an alert message saying CheckBox is checked or not checked.