public class TableView<S>
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The TableView control is designed to visualize an unlimited number of rows of data, broken out into columns. A TableView is therefore very similar to the ListView control, with the addition of support for columns. For an example on how to create a TableView, refer to the 'Creating a TableView' control section below.

The TableView control has a number of features, including:

Note that TableView is intended to be used to visualize data - it is not intended to be used for laying out your user interface. If you want to lay your user interface out in a grid-like fashion, consider the javafx.scene.layout.GridPane layout instead.

Creating a TableView

Creating a TableView is a multi-step process, and also depends on the underlying data model needing to be represented. For this example we'll use an ObservableList<Person>, as it is the simplest way of showing data in a TableView. The Person class will consist of a first name and last name properties. That is:

 public class Person {
     private StringProperty firstName;
     public void setFirstName(String value) { firstNameProperty().set(value); 
     public String getFirstName() { return firstNameProperty().get(); }
     public StringProperty firstNameProperty() {
         if (firstName == null) firstName = new SimpleStringProperty(this, "firstName");
         return firstName;

     private StringProperty lastName;
     public void setLastName(String value) { lastNameProperty().set(value); }
     public String getLastName() { return lastNameProperty().get(); }
     public StringProperty lastNameProperty() {
         if (lastName == null) lastName = new SimpleStringProperty(this, "lastName");
         return lastName;

Firstly, a TableView instance needs to be defined, as such:

 TableView<Person> table = new TableView<>();

With the basic table defined, we next focus on the data model. As mentioned, for this example, we'll be using an ObservableList<Person>. We can immediately set such a list directly in to the TableView, as such:

 ObservableList<Person> teamMembers = getTeamMembers();

With the items set as such, TableView will automatically update whenever the teamMembers list changes. If the items list is available before the TableView is instantiated, it is possible to pass it directly into the constructor.

At this point we now have a TableView hooked up to observe the teamMembers observableList. The missing ingredient now is the means of splitting out the data contained within the model and representing it in one or more TableColumn instances. To create a two-column TableView to show the firstName and lastName properties, we extend the last code sample as follows:

 ObservableList<Person> teamMembers = ...;

 TableColumn<Person,String> firstNameCol = new TableColumn<>("First Name");
 firstNameCol.setCellValueFactory(new PropertyValueFactory<>("firstName"));
 TableColumn<Person,String> lastNameCol = new TableColumn<>("Last Name");
 lastNameCol.setCellValueFactory(new PropertyValueFactory<>("lastName"));

 table.getColumns().setAll(firstNameCol, lastNameCol);

With the code shown above we have fully defined the minimum properties required to create a TableView instance. Running this code (assuming the people ObservableList is appropriately created) will result in a TableView being shown with two columns for firstName and lastName. Any other properties of the Person class will not be shown, as no TableColumns are defined.

TableView support for classes that don't contain properties

The code shown above is the shortest possible code for creating a TableView when the domain objects are designed with JavaFX properties in mind (additionally, javafx.scene.control.cell.PropertyValueFactory supports normal JavaBean properties too, although there is a caveat to this, so refer to the class documentation for more information). When this is not the case, it is necessary to provide a custom cell value factory. More information about cell value factories can be found in the TableColumn API documentation, but briefly, here is how a TableColumn could be specified:

 firstNameCol.setCellValueFactory(new Callback<CellDataFeatures<Person, String>, ObservableValue<String>>() {
     public ObservableValue<String> call(CellDataFeatures<Person, String> p) {
         // p.getValue() returns the Person instance for a particular TableView row
         return p.getValue().firstNameProperty();

 // or with a lambda expression:
 firstNameCol.setCellValueFactory(p -> p.getValue().firstNameProperty());

TableView Selection / Focus APIs

To track selection and focus, it is necessary to become familiar with the SelectionModel and FocusModel classes. A TableView has at most one instance of each of these classes, available from selectionModel and focusModel properties respectively. Whilst it is possible to use this API to set a new selection model, in most circumstances this is not necessary - the default selection and focus models should work in most circumstances.

The default SelectionModel used when instantiating a TableView is an implementation of the MultipleSelectionModel abstract class. However, as noted in the API documentation for the selectionMode property, the default value is SelectionMode.SINGLE. To enable multiple selection in a default TableView instance, it is therefore necessary to do the following:


Customizing TableView Visuals

The visuals of the TableView can be entirely customized by replacing the default row factory. A row factory is used to generate TableRow instances, which are used to represent an entire row in the TableView.

In many cases, this is not what is desired however, as it is more commonly the case that cells be customized on a per-column basis, not a per-row basis. It is therefore important to note that a TableRow is not a TableCell. A TableRow is simply a container for zero or more TableCell, and in most circumstances it is more likely that you'll want to create custom TableCells, rather than TableRows. The primary use case for creating custom TableRow instances would most probably be to introduce some form of column spanning support.

You can create custom TableCell instances per column by assigning the appropriate function to the TableColumn cell factory property.

See the Cell class documentation for a more complete description of how to write custom Cells.


Prior to JavaFX 8.0, the TableView control would treat the items list as the view model, meaning that any changes to the list would be immediately reflected visually. TableView would also modify the order of this list directly when a user initiated a sort. This meant that (again, prior to JavaFX 8.0) it was not possible to have the TableView return to an unsorted state (after iterating through ascending and descending orders).

Starting with JavaFX 8.0 (and the introduction of SortedList), it is now possible to have the collection return to the unsorted state when there are no columns as part of the TableView sort order. To do this, you must create a SortedList instance, and bind its comparator property to the TableView comparator property, list so:

 // create a SortedList based on the provided ObservableList
 SortedList sortedList = new SortedList(FXCollections.observableArrayList(2, 1, 3));

 // create a TableView with the sorted list set as the items it will show
 final TableView<Integer> tableView = new TableView<>(sortedList);

 // bind the sortedList comparator to the TableView comparator

 // Don't forget to define columns!


This control supports inline editing of values, and this section attempts to give an overview of the available APIs and how you should use them.

Firstly, cell editing most commonly requires a different user interface than when a cell is not being edited. This is the responsibility of the Cell implementation being used. For TableView, it is highly recommended that editing be per-TableColumn, rather than per row, as more often than not you want users to edit each column value differently, and this approach allows for editors specific to each column. It is your choice whether the cell is permanently in an editing state (e.g. this is common for CheckBox cells), or to switch to a different UI when editing begins (e.g. when a double-click is received on a cell).

To know when editing has been requested on a cell, simply override the javafx.scene.control.Cell.startEdit() method, and update the cell text and graphic properties as appropriate (e.g. set the text to null and set the graphic to be a TextField). Additionally, you should also override Cell.cancelEdit() to reset the UI back to its original visual state when the editing concludes. In both cases it is important that you also ensure that you call the super method to have the cell perform all duties it must do to enter or exit its editing mode.

Once your cell is in an editing state, the next thing you are most probably interested in is how to commit or cancel the editing that is taking place. This is your responsibility as the cell factory provider. Your cell implementation will know when the editing is over, based on the user input (e.g. when the user presses the Enter or ESC keys on their keyboard). When this happens, it is your responsibility to call Cell.commitEdit(Object) or Cell.cancelEdit(), as appropriate.

When you call Cell.commitEdit(Object) an event is fired to the TableView, which you can observe by adding an EventHandler via TableColumn.setOnEditCommit(javafx.event.EventHandler). Similarly, you can also observe edit events for edit start and edit cancel.

By default the TableColumn edit commit handler is non-null, with a default handler that attempts to overwrite the property value for the item in the currently-being-edited row. It is able to do this as the Cell.commitEdit(Object) method is passed in the new value, and this is passed along to the edit commit handler via the CellEditEvent that is fired. It is simply a matter of calling javafx.scene.control.TableColumn.CellEditEvent.getNewValue() to retrieve this value.

It is very important to note that if you call TableColumn.setOnEditCommit(javafx.event.EventHandler) with your own EventHandler, then you will be removing the default handler. Unless you then handle the writeback to the property (or the relevant data source), nothing will happen. You can work around this by using the TableColumn.addEventHandler(javafx.event.EventType, javafx.event.EventHandler) method to add a TableColumn.editCommitEvent() EventType with your desired EventHandler as the second argument. Using this method, you will not replace the default implementation, but you will be notified when an edit commit has occurred.

Hopefully this summary answers some of the commonly asked questions. Fortunately, JavaFX ships with a number of pre-built cell factories that handle all the editing requirements on your behalf. You can find these pre-built cell factories in the javafx.scene.control.cell package.

extends Control

<S>    The type of the objects contained within the TableView items list.

See also:
TableColumn, TablePosition

Since:  JavaFX 2.0