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Used to group multiple radio buttons. In one radiogroup. Only one radio button may be selected at a time.


ZKComRef radio.png

<window title="Radiobox &amp; Radio Demo" width="200px" border="normal">
        <radiogroup onCheck="fruit.value = self.selectedItem.label">
            <radio label="Apple" />
            <radio label="Orange" />
            <radio label="Banana" />
        You have selected :
        <label id="fruit" style="color:red" />

Note: To support the versatile layout, a radio group accepts any kind of children , including Radio. On the other hand, the parent of a radio, if any, must be a radio group.

Radiogroup as an Ancestor of Radio

ZK groups radio components into the same radio group if the share the same ancestor, not just direct parent. It allows a more sophisticated layout. For example,

      <radio label="radio 1"/>
      <radio label="radio 2"/>
      <radio label="radio 3"/>
      <radio label="radio 4"/>
      <radio label="radio 5"/>
      <radio label="radio 6"/>

A Row of a Grid as a Radio Group

[since 5.0.4]

Sometimes it is not possible to make the radiogroup component as an ancestor of all radio components. For example, each row of a grid might be an independent group. To solve this, you have to assign the radiogroup component to the radio component explicitly by the use of Radio.setRadiogroup(String) or Radio.setRadiogroup(Radiogroup).

ZKComRef Radiogroup Grid.png

  <radiogroup id="popular"/>
  <radiogroup id="fun"/>
      <column label="Question"/>
      <column label="Option 1"/>
      <column label="Option 2"/>
      <column label="Option 3"/>
      <column label="Comment"/>
        Most popular
        <radio label="Java" radiogroup="popular"/>
        <radio label="Groovy" radiogroup="popular"/>
        <radio label="C#" radiogroup="popular"/>
        Most fun
        <radio label="Open Source" radiogroup="fun"/>
        <radio label="Social Networking" radiogroup="fun"/>
        <radio label="Searching" radiogroup="fun"/>

Live Data

Like listboxes, radiogroups support live data' since ZK 6.0.0'. With live data, developers are able to separate the data from the view. In other words, developers only need to provide the data by implementing the ListModel interface, rather than manipulating the radiogroup directly. The benefits are twofold.

  • It is easier to use different views to show the same set of data.
  • The grid sends the data to the client only if it is visible. It saves a lot of network traffic if the amount of data is large.

There are three steps to make use of live data.

1 Prepare the data in the form of a ListModel. ZK has a concrete implementation called SimpleListModel for representing an array of objects. 2 Implement the RadioRenderer interface for rendering a row of data into the grid.

    • This is optional. If it is not specified the default renderer is used to render the data into the first column.
    • You can implement different renderers for representing the same data in different views.

3 Set the data in the model attribute and, optionally, the renderer in the radioRenderer attribute.

In the following example, we prepared a list model called strset, assign it to a radigroup using the model attribute. Then, the radigroup will do the rest.

<window title="Live Radiogroup" border="normal" width="500px">
        String[] data = new String[5];
        for(int j=0; j < data.length; ++j) {
            data[j] = "option "+j;
        ListModel strset = new SimpleListModel(data);
  <radiogroup  model="${strset}" />

Supported Events

Event Type
Event: CheckEvent

Denotes when a radio under the radiogroup is checked.

Supported Children


Use Cases

Version Description Example Location
5.0 Radiogroup and selection
5.0 Radiogroup, data binding and TypeConverter
6.0.0 Introduce model to Radiogroup

Version History

Last Update : 2012/02/10

Version Date Content
5.0.4 August 2010 Allow a radio component associated with a non-ancestor radiogroup.

Last Update : 2012/02/10

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