Getting the selected item(s) from a JList

There are several functions to determine the selected value(s) of a JList:

  • getSelectedIndex() returns the first selected index
  • getSelectedIndices() returns all of the selected indices
  • getSelectedValue() returns the first selected value
  • getSelectedValues() returns all of the selected values

Here’s an example:

import java.awt.event.*;
import javax.swing.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.awt.*;
public class Main extends JFrame {
   public Main() {
      getContentPane().setLayout(new FlowLayout());
      Vector v = new Vector();
      for (int i=0; i<20; i++) {
         v.addElement("Item #" + i);
      final JList list = new JList(v);
      getContentPane().add(new JScrollPane(list));
      JButton button = new JButton("Show selected items");
      button.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
         public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ae) { 
            System.out.println("Selected values:");
            Object[] oarr = list.getSelectedValues();
            for (int i=0; i<oarr.length; i++) {
            System.out.println("Selected indices:");
            int[] iarr = list.getSelectedIndices();
            for (int i=0; i<iarr.length; i++) {
      addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
         public void windowClosing(WindowEvent event) {
      setSize(200, 250);
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      (new Main()).show();