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How to find selected Nodes of JTree used TreeListener any other way.

Mohammed Ajmal

Joined: Sep 20, 2004
Posts: 29
Hi All,

This is a class which extends JTree class forms a Tree displaying employee information.Listener is written which should find the list of selected Employee nodes of tree component.

The method valueChanged() of treeListener is getting called twice for every node selected. Please find the code.

Is there any alternative to find the list of selected nodes when they are selected using mouse or shift key.

Even I am facing this in case of row selection of JTable.The listener method is called twice. Could you please let me know your views and any tutorials or examples codes for handling such cases.

public class TestingTreeModel extends JTree {

//public vector myMOType;

public TestingTreeModel() {

public void setData(ArrayList testVOs) {

// set the option of selecting multiple nodes

setModel(rootTreeNode, testVOs);

// DefaultTreeModel is used.
this.setModel(new DefaultTreeModel(rootTreeNode));

// Listener for selected nodes..
MyTreeSelectionListener myTreeListener = new MyTreeSelectionListener();


// which sets the data.

public void setModel(DefaultMutableTreeNode rootNode, ArrayList empVOs) {
if empVOs!= null && empVOs.size() > 0) {
Iterator empItr = empVOs.iterator();
while (neItr.hasNext()) {
Employee empVO = (Employee);
DefaultMutableTreeNode node =
new DefaultMutableTreeNode(empVO.getName());


// Listener

public class MyTreeSelectionListener implements TreeSelectionListener {
public void valueChanged(TreeSelectionEvent evt) {
// Get all nodes whose selection status has changed
System.err.println("Listener is called here check how many times");

private void getSelectedNodes(TreeSelectionEvent evt) {

System.err.println("came inside getSelectedNodes");

TreePath[] paths = evt.getPaths();
// Iterate through all affected nodes

System.err.println(" Length is " + paths.length);

for (int i = 0; i < paths.length; i++) {
TreePath tp = paths;
Object[] o = tp.getPath();
for (int j = 0; j < o.length; j++) {
"Class: " + o[j].getClass() + "; value: " + o[j]);
if (o[j] instanceof DefaultMutableTreeNode) {
Object uo = ((DefaultMutableTreeNode) o[j]).getUserObject();
if (uo != null) {
"\tUser object class: "
+ uo.getClass()
+ "; value: "
+ uo);
private ArrayList empIDList = new ArrayList();
private DefaultMutableTreeNode rootTreeNode = null;
Brian Cole
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 20, 2005
Posts: 878
Well your tree selection listener will be called
both when selections are added and when selections
are deleted, so that could be your problem.

Your code doesn't compile as is, but you don't seem
to be doing anything like this:

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Paul Clapham

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
Posts: 19973

If you want to find what nodes are selected, you don't have to write a listener to keep track. The tree's selection model is already keeping track and you just have to ask it:
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