ComboBox: TestEditor to ListView binding

Kirill Kirichenko kirill.kirichenko at
Mon Jul 7 07:37:22 UTC 2014

I'm afraid in my project I will only allowed to use vanilla javafx only.
It would be good if someone could write a blog of how to create a bare 
minimum combobox control with desired behaviour like I explained.

Thanks for the reference.


On 07.07.2014 11:20, Werner Lehmann wrote:
> Kirill,
> ControlsFX has support for this if a 3rd party lib is ok. With
> TextFields.createClearableTextField() you create a search field with an
> "eraser" icon to clear the text. And the AutoCompletionBinding applied
> to the textfield implements the auto complete dropdown. You only have to
> provide a function to return search results for user input.
> Werner
> On 04.07.2014 23:48, Kirill Kirichenko wrote:
>> I'm implementing a searchbox.
>> In the textfield of the combobox I'm typing a search string.
>> textProperty of the editor has an onChange listener which forms a list
>> of strings that contain the text as a substring. Then I set this list of
>> strings as a content of the drop down list of the combobox.
>> The problem is when I start selecting items in the drop down list the
>> editor field gets updated making new substring search and updating the
>> list again.
>> I want to break this dependency. I don't want to update the text
>> property when I select an item in the drop down list OR I want to
>> distinguish in the textProperty listener what caused that event - real
>> editing the field or setting the field trough binding from the list view.
>> I hope I could make myself clear.
>> K

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