Javafx Treeview item action event


I'm trying to create a menu using a treeView. This is the first time I'm using treeView and have been reading up on it on several websites.

I'm having some problems when it comes to action event. What I want to do is basically to fire and event when ever the user clicks a node in the treeview so far I have the following:

        TreeItem<String> rootItem = new TreeItem<String>("Navigation");
    TreeItem<String> statistics = new TreeItem<String>("Statistics");
    TreeItem<String> clan = new TreeItem<String>("Clan page");
    clan.addEventHandler(MouseEvent, new EventHandler<MouseEvent>() {

        public void handle(MouseEvent event) {
            // TODO Auto-generated method stub



    TreeView<String> tree = new TreeView<String>(rootItem); 

Sadly this doesn't seem to work.

Is there any way I can add a clicklistener or even an actionlistener to the individual items in my treeView without changing the treeItems to type Button ?

7/20/2015 6:50:13 AM

Accepted Answer

According to the JavaFX 2.2 documentation :

" ..a TreeItem is not a Node, and therefore no visual events will be fired on the TreeItem, To get these events, it is necessary to add relevant observers to the TreeCell instances (via a custom cell factory)."

I think this example on using TreeView will be somehow useful.

7/20/2015 6:49:31 AM

This may be solved by implementing CellFactory, but I think the easiest way is like this:

1) Create and add an event handler to the TreeView:

EventHandler<MouseEvent> mouseEventHandle = (MouseEvent event) -> {

treeView.addEventHandler(MouseEvent.MOUSE_CLICKED, mouseEventHandle); 

2) Handle only clicks on the nodes (and not on empy space os the TreeView):

private void handleMouseClicked(MouseEvent event) {
    Node node = event.getPickResult().getIntersectedNode();
    // Accept clicks only on node cells, and not on empty spaces of the TreeView
    if (node instanceof Text || (node instanceof TreeCell && ((TreeCell) node).getText() != null)) {
        String name = (String) ((TreeItem)treeView.getSelectionModel().getSelectedItem()).getValue();
        System.out.println("Node click: " + name);

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