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A single choice in a Menupopup element. It acts much like a button but it is rendered on a menu. Default getZclass(): z-menu-item .

Within ZK 5, the file upload has been redesigned so it can be integrated with any widget. For example, the toolbarbutton can now be used to upload a file. In addition to this, the display of the upload status has been enhanced and can be customized easily.


ZKComRef Menuitem.png

 <menu label="File">
         <menuitem label="New" onClick="alert(self.label)"/>
         <menuitem label="Open" onClick="alert(self.label)"/>
         <menuitem label="Save" onClick="alert(self.label)"/>
         <menuitem label="Exit" onClick="alert(self.label)"/>
 <menuitem label="Home"/>

Fileupload Example

<menuitem upload="true" label="Customized Attach" onUpload='alert("File is uploaded!")'/>



Since 5.0.7 Menuitem.setAutodisable(String) is used to disable a menuitem automatically, when it is clicked. It is useful to prevent the user from clicking it twice (and firing redundant requests), which is common if the request takes too long to serve.

The simplest use is to specify it with self as follows. Then, the menuitem is disabled when it is clicked.

<menuitem id="ok" label="OK" autodisable="self" />

If you'd like to disable several menuitems, you could specify all of them in this property by separating with a comma. For example, the following disables both menuitems, when one of them is clicked.

<menuitem id="ok" label="OK" autodisable="ok,cancel" />
<menuitem id="cancel" label="Cancel" autodisable="ok,cancel" />

The menuitem will be enabled automatically, after the request has been served (i.e., the response has been sent back to the client). If you prefer to enable them manually (i.e., by calling Menuitem.setDisabled(boolean) explicitly), you could prefix the ID with a plus (+). For example,

<menuitem id="ok" label="OK" autodisable="+self, +cancel" />

Then, you could enable them manually under the situation depending on your application's requirement, such as

if (something_happens) {

Enable Autodisable for All Menuitems

As described in ZK Developer's Reference: Customization, you could customize ZK to enable autodisable for all menuitem by specifying the following in the custom language addon:



In addition to handling the onClick event, you could specify the URL in the href property (Menuitem.setHref(String)), such that the browser will navigate to the URL you specified directly (without sending back any request to the server). If you prefer to visit the URL in another browser window, you could specify the name in Menuitem.setTarget(String) (just like using a HTML A tag).

Notice that the end user could hold the Control key and click on the menuitem to visit the link in a new browser window (like a HTML A tag does).

Href and the onClick Event

There are two ways to add behavior to a menuitem. Firstly, you can specify a listener for the onClick event. Secondly, you could specify a URL for the href property (Menuitem.setHref(String)). If both are specified, the href property has the higher priority, i.e., the onClick event won't be sent.

		<menuitem label="click me" onClick="do_something_in_Java()"/>
		<menuitem label="don't click that one, click me" href="/another_page.zul"/>

Href and SendRedirect

The href property is processed at the client. In other words, the browser will jump to the URL specified in the href property, so your application running on the server has no chance to process it.

If you have to process it on the server or you have to decide whether to jump to another URL based on certain condition, you could listen to the onClick event, process it, and then invoke Executions.sendRedirect(String) if it jumps to another URL.

For end users, there is no difference between the use of Menuitem.setHref(String) and Executions.sendRedirect(String).

		<menuitem label="redirect" onClick="Executions.sendRedirect(&quot;another.zul&quot;)"/>
		<menuitem label="href" href="another.zul"/>

Since the onClick event is sent to the server for processing, you are able to perform additional tasks before invoking Executions.sendRedirect(String), such as redirecting to another page only if certain conditions are satisfied.

On the other hand, the href property is processed at the client side. Your application won't be notified when users click the menuitem.


By specifying the upload property (Menuitem.setUpload(String)), you could make a menuitem used for uploading files. For example,

<menuitem upload="true" label="Upload" onUpload='alert('/>

Once the file(s) are uploaded, the onUpload event will be sent with an instance of UploadEvent. And, you could retrieve the uploaded files from UploadEvent.getMedia() and UploadEvent.getMedias()

If you want to customize the handling of the file upload at the client, you can specify a JavaScript class when calling this method:

<menuitem upload="foo.Upload"/> <!-- assume you implement a JavaScript class: foo.Upload -->

Another options for the upload can be specified as follows:

<menuitem label="Upload" upload="true,maxsize=-1,native"/>


  • maxsize: the maximal allowed upload size of the component, in kilobytes, or a negative value if no limit.
  • native: treating the uploaded file(s) as binary, i.e., not to convert it to image, audio or text files.

Supported Events

Event Type
Event: CheckEvent

Denotes user has checked the item.

Event: UploadEvent

Denotes user has uploaded a file to the component.

Supported Children


Use Cases

Version Description Example Location

Version History

Last Update : 2022/01/14

Version Date Content
5.0.7 May 2011 Menuitem.setAutodisable(String) was used to disable a menuitem automatically, when it is clicked.

Last Update : 2022/01/14

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