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hi i need to place a JButton into Jtable. How would i do that ? Do i must overide a default cellRenderer that it uses in order to get the effect ? I only need buttons in one column. Just point me to direction thanks.
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This code example uses a JButton as the renderer cell.

class CustomButtonRenderer extends JButton
          implements TableCellRenderer {
   public CustomButtonRenderer() {
   public Component getTableCellRendererComponent(
                      JTable table, Object value,
                      boolean isSelected,
                      boolean hasFocus, int row,
                      int column) {

      if (isSelected) {
          table.getSelectionForeground()); //modify this to do what you intend to do when the burron is clicked
          table.getSelectionBackground());  //modify this to do what you intend to do when the burron is clicked
      } else {
      return (JButton)value;

Here, for the sake of an example, selection of the cell toggles the button colors. Ofcourse you can replace these lines to do what you intend to do when the button is being clicked.

Alternately, all JButton components can be configured to use the CustomButtonRenderer in the table with a call to setDefaultRenderer as follows:
     JButton.class, new CustomButtonRenderer());

Hope this helps,
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.util.*;
import javax.swing.*;
import javax.swing.event.*;
import javax.swing.table.*;

public class TableEditors extends JFrame {
      private SmartTable table;
      private SmartTableModel model;
      public TableEditors() {
      private void init() {
            getContentPane().setLayout(new BorderLayout());
            setSize(400, 300);
            setLocation(300, 100);
            table = new SmartTable();
            getContentPane().add(new JScrollPane(table), BorderLayout.CENTER);
      class SmartTable extends JTable {
            public SmartTable() {
                  model = new SmartTableModel();
                  setBackground(new Color(255, 239, 185));
            protected void createColumns() {
                  for(int i = 0; i<model.getColumnCount(); i++) {
                        TableColumn column = getColumn(model.getColumnName(i));
        column.setCellRenderer(new GenericRenderer());
        column.setCellEditor(new GenericEditor());
            public void setSelectedRow(int row) {
                  if(row == -1)
                  else {
                        setRowSelectionInterval(row, row);
            public void setSelectedCol(int col) {
                  if(col == -1)
                  else {
                        setColumnSelectionInterval(col, col);
      class SmartTableModel extends AbstractTableModel {
            protected ColumnDescriptor cols[] =  {
                  new ColumnDescriptor("Field1", 40, JLabel.LEFT),
                  new ColumnDescriptor("Field2", 50, JLabel.LEFT),
                  new ColumnDescriptor("Field3", 100, JLabel.LEFT),
            protected Vector dObjects;

            public SmartTableModel() {
                  dObjects = new Vector();
    public void initModelData() {
          Object[] row = new Object[3];
      row[0] = "string"; row[1] = "string"; row[2] = "string";
      row = new Object[3];
      row[0] = "string"; row[1] = "string"; row[2] = new JButton("button");

      row = new Object[3];
      row[0] = "string"; row[1] = new JButton("button"); row[2] = "string";

          row = new Object[3];
          row[0] = "string"; row[1] = new JButton("button"); row[2] = new JCheckBox("checkbox");
          row = new Object[3];
          row[0] = new JButton("button");row[1] = new JCheckBox("checkbox");row[2] = "string";
          row = new Object[3];
          row[0] = new JButton("button");row[1] = new JCheckBox("checkbox");row[2] = new JButton("button");

            protected void updateObjects() { fireTableDataChanged(); }
            public int getColumnCount() {      return(cols.length); }
            public int getRowCount() { return(dObjects.size());      }
            public String getColumnName(int c) { return(cols[c].name); }
            public boolean isCellEditable(int row, int col) {
          return((getObjectAt(row, col) instanceof String)?false:true);
    public Object getObjectAt(int row, int col)  {
          return(((Object[]) dObjects.elementAt(row))[col]);
            public Object getValueAt(int row, int col) {
                  if(getRowCount() <= 0)
                        return "";
                        return "";
      Object cellData = ((Object[]) dObjects.elementAt(row))[col];
      class ColumnDescriptor {
        public String name;
        public int width;
        public int alignment;
        public ColumnDescriptor(String n, int w, int a) {
          name = n;
          width = w;
          alignment = a;
  class GenericRenderer extends DefaultTableCellRenderer {
        public Component getTableCellRendererComponent(JTable table, Object value,
        boolean isSelected, boolean hasFocus, int row, int col) {
          Object o = model.getObjectAt(row, col);
      if(o instanceof JButton || o instanceof JCheckBox) {
            if(o instanceof JCheckBox)
                  ((Component) o).setBackground(table.getBackground());
            return((Component) o);
      Component c = super.getTableCellRendererComponent(table, value, isSelected, hasFocus, row, col);
  class GenericEditor extends DefaultCellEditor {
        JTable tbl;
        private int lastRow = 0;
        private int lastCol = 0;
    private Object editor;
        public GenericEditor() {
      super(new JCheckBox());
        public Component getTableCellEditorComponent(JTable t, Object v, boolean sel, int r, int c) {
          tbl = t;
      lastRow = r;
      lastCol = c;
          Object o = model.getObjectAt(r, c);
      editor = o;
      if(o instanceof JButton || o instanceof JCheckBox)
            return((Component) o);
      editor = new JTextField(v.toString());  
      return((Component) editor);
        public Object getCellEditorValue() {
      return(model.getObjectAt(lastRow, lastCol));
        public boolean isCellEditable(java.util.EventObject ev) {      return(true); }
        public boolean shouldSelectCell(java.util.EventObject ev) {      return(false); }
        public boolean stopCellEditing() {
              tbl.editingStopped(new ChangeEvent(this));
        public void cancelCellEditing() {}
        public void addCellEditorListener(CellEditorListener cel) {}
        public void removeCellEditorListener(CellEditorListener cel) {}
      public static void main(String[] args) {
            TableEditors t = new TableEditors();      
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