SWING KeyAdapter Class

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Introduction

The class KeyAdapter is an abstract (adapter) class for receiving keyboard events. All methods of this class are empty. This class is convenience class for creating listener objects.

Class declaration

Following is the declaration for java.awt.event.KeyAdapter class:

public abstract class KeyAdapter
   extends Object
      implements KeyListener

Class constructors

S.N.Constructor & Description
1KeyAdapter()

Class methods

S.N.Method & Description
1void keyPressed(KeyEvent e)
Invoked when a key has been pressed.
2void keyReleased(KeyEvent e)
Invoked when a key has been released.
3void keyTyped(KeyEvent e)
Invoked when a key has been typed.

Methods inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes:

  • java.lang.Object

KeyAdapter Example

Create the following java program using any editor of your choice in say D:/ > SWING > com > tutorialspoint > gui >

SwingAdapterDemo.java
package com.tutorialspoint.gui;

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;

public class SwingAdapterDemo {
   private JFrame mainFrame;
   private JLabel headerLabel;
   private JLabel statusLabel;
   private JPanel controlPanel;

   public SwingAdapterDemo(){
      prepareGUI();
   }

   public static void main(String[] args){
      SwingAdapterDemo  swingAdapterDemo = new SwingAdapterDemo();        
      swingAdapterDemo.showKeyAdapterDemo();
   }

   private void prepareGUI(){
      mainFrame = new JFrame("Java SWING Examples");
      mainFrame.setSize(400,400);
      mainFrame.setLayout(new GridLayout(3, 1));

      headerLabel = new JLabel("",JLabel.CENTER );
      statusLabel = new JLabel("",JLabel.CENTER);        

      statusLabel.setSize(350,100);
      mainFrame.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
         public void windowClosing(WindowEvent windowEvent){
	        System.exit(0);
         }        
      });    
      controlPanel = new JPanel();
      controlPanel.setLayout(new FlowLayout());

      mainFrame.add(headerLabel);
      mainFrame.add(controlPanel);
      mainFrame.add(statusLabel);
      mainFrame.setVisible(true);  
   }

   private void showKeyAdapterDemo(){
      headerLabel.setText("Listener in action: KeyAdapter");      

      final JTextField textField = new JTextField(10);

      textField.addKeyListener(new KeyAdapter() {
         public void keyPressed(KeyEvent e) {                
            if(e.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_ENTER){
               statusLabel.setText("Entered text: " 
               + textField.getText());
            }
         }        
      });
      JButton okButton = new JButton("OK");
      okButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
         public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
            statusLabel.setText("Entered text: " 
            + textField.getText());                
         }
      });

      controlPanel.add(textField);
      controlPanel.add(okButton);    
      mainFrame.setVisible(true);  
   }
}

Compile the program using command prompt. Go to D:/ > SWING and type the following command.

D:\SWING>javac com\tutorialspoint\gui\SwingAdapterDemo.java

If no error comes that means compilation is successful. Run the program using following command.

D:\SWING>java com.tutorialspoint.gui.SwingAdapterDemo

Verify the following output

SWING KeyAdapter

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