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Using radio buttons in Java ME

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This code snippet shows how to create and manipulate the radio buttons control.

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Code ExampleTested with
Devices(s): Nokia N78, Nokia N79, Nokia N85, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 6131, Nokia 2630
Platform(s): S60 3rd Edition FP2, S60 5th Edition, Series 40 3rd Edition FP1, Series 40 5th Edition LE
Series 40 3rd Edition FP1
S60 5th Edition
S60 3rd Edition FP2
Created: IlGolub (25 Feb 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (08 Aug 2013)



A radio button object is created based on the ChoiceGroup class of EXCLUSIVE type. For adding a radio button item, the method append() of the ChoiceGroup object is used. For deleting the selected radio button, the method delete() of the ChoiceGroup object is used, by implementing the ItemCommandListener interface of the MIDlet class.

Source file:

* ChoiceGroup object is the visual component which can be represented as
* radiobuttons object within Form object

private ChoiceGroup radiobuttonsObj;
* incremental id's counter for radiobuttons objects

private int radiobuttonsIdCounter;
* Executes the snippet.
* Implementation appends Radiobuttons object to mainForm object,
* autocreates some radiobuttons items and
* add two additional commands(one to Form and other to ChoiceGroup)

private void executeSnippet() {
String text = "Snippet executed...";
//adds RadiobuttonsObj object to our form
mainForm.insert( 0 ,getRadiobuttonsObj());
//adds delete radiobutton item command to RadiobuttonsObj object
//sets up commands handler for RadiobuttonsObj object
getRadiobuttonsObj().setItemCommandListener((ItemCommandListener) this);
//adds add radiobutton item command to RadiobuttonsObj object
printString("Radiobuttons object successfully created!");
try {
} catch (IOException ex) {
* From CommandListener.
* Called by the system to indicate that a command has been invoked on a
* particular displayable.
* @param command the command that was invoked
* @param displayable the displayable where the command was invoked

public void commandAction(Command command, Displayable displayable) {
if (command == EXIT_COMMAND) {
// Exit the MIDlet
} else if (command == EXECUTE_COMMAND) {
// Execute the snippet
//remove execute command for safe working(we don't want second
//attemp to create radiobuttons object)
} else if (command == ADD_RADIOBUTTON_COMMAND) {
printString("starting radiobutton item creation");
String newrbuttonString = "Radio " + radiobuttonsIdCounter;
//adding new radiobutton item
getRadiobuttonsObj().append(newrbuttonString, null);
printString("new radiobutton item successfully created!");
* Method creates ChoiceGroup object of "radiobuttons" type if it is not
* exist and return the reference to it, or return the reference
* to existing object.
* @return the reference to ChoiceGroup object

private ChoiceGroup getRadiobuttonsObj() {
if(radiobuttonsObj == null) {
String[] rButtonsStrings = new String[3];
//autocreating of names array for three radiobutton items
for( radiobuttonsIdCounter = 0;
radiobuttonsIdCounter++) {
rButtonsStrings[radiobuttonsIdCounter] =
"radio " + radiobuttonsIdCounter;
//creating the ChoiceGroup object of radiobuttons type
radiobuttonsObj = new ChoiceGroup("Radio Buttons!",
rButtonsStrings, null);
return radiobuttonsObj;
* Implements the ItemCommandListener interface for our form.
* It provides commands handling from Item's within Form object.
* @param command - some type of Command object
* @param item - Item object which owns command object

public void commandAction(Command command, Item item) {
item == getRadiobuttonsObj()) {
printString("starting selected radiobutton item deleting");
//getting index of selected item
int selectedIndex = getRadiobuttonsObj().getSelectedIndex();
//deleting selected radiobutton item
printString("new radiobutton item successfully created!");


When the snippet is executed, the MIDlet creates a radiobuttonsObj object and adds two commands - 'Add new rbutton' for the Form object and 'Delete new rbutton' for the radiobuttonsObj object. Use these commands to add or delete radio buttons.

Supplementary material

This code snippet is part of the stub concept, which means that it has been patched on top of a template application in order to be more useful for developers. The version of the Java ME stub application used as a template in this snippet is v1.1.

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