SWING - JCheckBox Class


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Introduction

The class JCheckBox is an implementation of a check box - an item that can be selected or deselected, and which displays its state to the user.

Class Declaration

Following is the declaration for javax.swing.JCheckBox class −

public class JCheckBox
   extends JToggleButton
      implements Accessible

Field

Following are the fields for javax.swing.JCheckBox class −

static String BORDER_PAINTED_FLAT_CHANGED_PROPERTY − Identifies a change to the flat property.

Class Constructors

Sr.No. Constructor & Description
1

JCheckBox()

Creates an initially unselected check box button with no text and no icon.

2

JCheckBox(Action a)

Creates a checkbox where the properties are taken from the Action supplied.

3

JCheckBox(Icon icon)

Creates an initially unselected checkbox with an icon.

4

JCheckBox(Icon icon, boolean selected)

Creates a checkbox with an icon and specifies whether or not it is initially selected.

5

JCheckBox(String text)

Creates an initially unselected checkbox with text.

6

JCheckBox(String text, boolean selected)

Creates a checkbox with the text and specifies whether or not it is initially selected.

7

JCheckBox(String text, Icon icon)

Creates an initially unselected checkbox with the specified text and icon.

8

JCheckBox(String text, Icon icon, boolean selected)

Creates a checkbox with text and icon, and specifies whether or not it is initially selected.

Class Methods

Sr.No. Method & Description
1

AccessibleContext getAccessibleContext()

Gets the AccessibleContext associated with this JCheckBox.

2

String getUIClassID()

Returns a string that specifies the name of the L&F class which renders this component.

3

boolean isBorderPaintedFlat()

Gets the value of the borderPaintedFlat property.

4

protected String paramString()

Returns a string representation of this JCheckBox.

5

void setBorderPaintedFlat(boolean b)

Sets the borderPaintedFlat property, which gives a hint to the look and feel as to the appearance of the checkbox border.

6

void updateUI()

Resets the UI property to a value from the current look and feel.

Methods Inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes −

  • javax.swing.AbstractButton
  • javax.swing.JToggleButton
  • javax.swing.JComponent
  • java.awt.Container
  • java.awt.Component
  • java.lang.Object

JCheckBox Example

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

SwingControlDemo.java

package com.tutorialspoint.gui;
 
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import javax.swing.*;
 
public class SwingControlDemo {
   private JFrame mainFrame;
   private JLabel headerLabel;
   private JLabel statusLabel;
   private JPanel controlPanel;

   public SwingControlDemo(){
      prepareGUI();
   }
   public static void main(String[] args){
      SwingControlDemo  swingControlDemo = new SwingControlDemo();      
      swingControlDemo.showCheckBoxDemo();
   }
   private void prepareGUI(){
      mainFrame = new JFrame("Java Swing Examples");
      mainFrame.setSize(400,400);
      mainFrame.setLayout(new GridLayout(3, 1));
      
      mainFrame.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
         public void windowClosing(WindowEvent windowEvent){
            System.exit(0);
         }        
      });    
      headerLabel = new JLabel("", JLabel.CENTER);        
      statusLabel = new JLabel("",JLabel.CENTER);    
      statusLabel.setSize(350,100);

      controlPanel = new JPanel();
      controlPanel.setLayout(new FlowLayout());

      mainFrame.add(headerLabel);
      mainFrame.add(controlPanel);
      mainFrame.add(statusLabel);
      mainFrame.setVisible(true);  
   }
   private void showCheckBoxDemo(){
      headerLabel.setText("Control in action: CheckBox"); 

      final JCheckBox chkApple = new JCheckBox("Apple");
      final JCheckBox chkMango = new JCheckBox("Mango");
      final JCheckBox chkPeer = new JCheckBox("Peer");

      chkApple.setMnemonic(KeyEvent.VK_C);
      chkMango.setMnemonic(KeyEvent.VK_M);
      chkPeer.setMnemonic(KeyEvent.VK_P);

      chkApple.addItemListener(new ItemListener() {
         public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {         
            statusLabel.setText("Apple Checkbox: " 
               + (e.getStateChange()==1?"checked":"unchecked"));
         }           
      });
      chkMango.addItemListener(new ItemListener() {
         public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {             
            statusLabel.setText("Mango Checkbox: " 
               + (e.getStateChange()==1?"checked":"unchecked")); 
         }           
      });
      chkPeer.addItemListener(new ItemListener() {
         public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {             
            statusLabel.setText("Peer Checkbox: " 
               + (e.getStateChange()==1?"checked":"unchecked"));
         }           
      });
      controlPanel.add(chkApple);
      controlPanel.add(chkMango);
      controlPanel.add(chkPeer);       

      mainFrame.setVisible(true);  
   }
}

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

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

If no error occurs, it means the compilation is successful. Run the program using the following command.

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

Verify the following output.

Swing JCheckBox
swing_controls.htm

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