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JTable and JTree Code Samples

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I have been working on contributing to the Java Tutorials Community Project. I've put together some code samples as potential tutorial subjects.

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Geertjan Wielenga replied on Fri, 2008/05/23 - 4:59am

Great job Colin!

Alex Ruiz replied on Fri, 2008/05/23 - 1:04pm

Very nice and useful! Thanks Colin!

srikanth gunday replied on Fri, 2009/01/16 - 3:21pm

can I search on the JTable, if user want to search "Hello" , so if the Hello presnets in any cell it has to Highlight.

example : Hello World , it has to Highlight "Hello".





Collin Fagan replied on Fri, 2009/01/16 - 6:01pm

@srikanthgsk - This should be exactly what you want.

srikanth gunday replied on Mon, 2009/01/19 - 10:58am


cfagan, I need for Table, so I am using getTableCellRendererComponent but no sucess,

If you have any example can you post it.




srikanth gunday replied on Mon, 2009/01/19 - 11:13am in response to: Collin Fagan

cfagan, I got it I solved it.below is code


import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.Color;
import java.awt.Component;
import java.awt.Dimension;
import java.awt.event.WindowAdapter;
import java.awt.event.WindowEvent;

import javax.swing.BorderFactory;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JScrollPane;
import javax.swing.JTable;
import javax.swing.JTextField;
import javax.swing.table.TableCellRenderer;
import javax.swing.text.DefaultHighlighter;

public class TableCellRendererBug extends JFrame {
    private boolean DEBUG = false;

    public TableCellRendererBug() {

        Object[][] data = { { "Jay Four Four Jay", "Four" }, { "Jay", "Jay" }, };

        String[] columnNames = { "Column 1", "Column 2" };
        JTable table = new JTable(data, columnNames);
        table.setPreferredScrollableViewportSize(new Dimension(200, 50));

        // Create the scroll pane and add the table to it.
        JScrollPane scrollPane = new JScrollPane(table);

        table.setDefaultRenderer(Object.class, new CellHighlightRenderer());


        // Add the scroll pane to this window.
        getContentPane().add(scrollPane, BorderLayout.CENTER);

        addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
            public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e) {

    class CellHighlightRenderer extends JTextField implements TableCellRenderer {
        public DefaultHighlighter high = new DefaultHighlighter();

        public DefaultHighlighter.DefaultHighlightPainter highlight_painter = new DefaultHighlighter.DefaultHighlightPainter(
                new Color(198, 198, 250));

        public CellHighlightRenderer() {

        public Component getTableCellRendererComponent(JTable table,
                Object value, boolean isSelected, boolean hasFocus, int row,
                int column) {
            int len = getText().length();
            int first = (row & 1) + 1;
            int last = (row & 1) + first + 1;
            int pos =0;
            String pattern="Jay";
            //if (len > last) {
            while ((pos = value.toString().indexOf(pattern, pos)) >= 0) {
                try {
                    //high.addHighlight(first, last, highlight_painter);
                    high.addHighlight(pos, pos + pattern.length(), highlight_painter);
                    pos += pattern.length();
                } catch (Exception e) {
            return this;


        protected void setValue(Object value) {
            setText((value == null) ? "" : value.toString());

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        TableCellRendererBug frame = new TableCellRendererBug();




Collin Fagan replied on Mon, 2009/01/19 - 11:38am

Sorry I rushed through answering your question. I think your render approach is on the right track. Be careful how you update the search criteria. The JTable will need to repaint every time it changes.

hookfi john replied on Sun, 2009/05/31 - 7:54am

Carla Brian replied on Thu, 2012/07/26 - 6:30pm

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