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  • Available for ZK:
  • ce-pe-ee.png

Since 6.0.0


Selectbox is a lightweight dropdown list and it can support ListModel, Renderer, and Databinding as well. The benefit of it is not to create child widgets for each data, so the memory usage is much lower at the server.


		String[] userName = { "Tony", "Ryan", "Jumper", "Wing", "Sam" };
		ListModelList model = new ListModelList(userName);
	<selectbox model="${model}" onSelect='alert(model.get(event.getData()));'>
		<template name="model">
			Name is ${each}

To give the selectbox an initial value, for example, Tony, add the following code after the model is created:

model.addToSelection ("Tony");

Data binding

Here is the MVVM way:

    public class MyUserBean {
        private String[] userList = { "Tony", "Ryan", "Jumper", "Wing", "Sam" };
        private int index = 0;

        public ListModelList getUserList() {
            return new ListModelList(Arrays.asList(userList));

        public void setUserList() {

        public void setIndex(int ind) {
            index = ind;

        public int getIndex() {
            return index;

    MyUserBean mybean = new MyUserBean();
/**   Implements ItemRenderer without using template
       org.zkoss.zul.ItemRenderer render = new org.zkoss.zul.ItemRenderer() {
        public String render(Component owner, Object data, int index) throws Exception {
            return data.toString();
    <div apply="org.zkoss.bind.BindComposer">
        Select User:
        <selectbox id="box" model="@init(mybean.userList)"
            <template name="model">${each}</template>

    <label id="val" value="@load(mybean.index)" />

Custom Item Rendering

Since this component has no child component like Listbox, if you want to render its items differently, there 2 ways:

Change text

If you just want to change the text e.g. enclosing it with brackets, just put <template> as its child and add characters with ${each}:

       <template name="model">[${each}]</template>
  • The template only allows text that can be converted into a ZK Label.

Change HTML Structure

If you want to make more changes e.g. adding tooltips by setting title attributes, you need to create your own ItemRenderer. See ZK Developer's Reference/MVC/View/Renderer/Item Renderer.

Supported Events

Event Type
Event: SelectEvent

Notifies one that the user has selected a new item in the selectbox.

Supported Children


Use Cases

Version Description Example Location

Version History

Last Update : 2024/01/31

Version Date Content
6.0.0 October 4, 2011 Add the new Selectbox component
6.0.0-RC2 December 6, 2011 Rename OptionRenderer to ItemRenderer

Last Update : 2024/01/31

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