How to filter a table based on the values in a column in Java?

I have a table that I create in Java. I populate some text in the fields of the table and now I would like to create a filter for this table.

This is how I create this table:

    public static void populateResultsTable(List<CheckDetail> checkDetails, Shell shell, Table table, String[] titles){
        boolean evenRow = true;
        for (CheckDetail checkDetail : checkDetails) {
            TableItem item = new TableItem(table, SWT.NULL);
            item.setText(0, checkDetail.getStatus()); //Status
            item.setText(1, checkDetail.getName()); //Check
            item.setText(2, checkDetail.getFileName()); //Filename
            item.setText(3, checkDetail.getExistingLineNumbers()); //Existing Line Numbers
            item.setText(4, checkDetail.getNewLineNumbers()); //New Line Numbers
            //This is to make shadow for every other line
            if (evenRow)
            evenRow = !evenRow;

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Now let's assume this is the table that it creates:

Status   | Check | FileName | ExistingLine Numbers | New Line Numbers
PASSED   check1   file1              4,56,78                             3,45,67
FAILED    check2   file2              6                                       
PASSED   check3   file3              9                                       39
PASSED   check4   file4              23                                     47

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So, how can I create a filter (actually, I already have checkboxes for it) to show only let's say the FAILED ones in the table.

This is the expected result:

Status   | Check | FileName | ExistingLine Numbers | New Line Numbers
FAILED    check2   file2              6                                       

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This is the code that I have. It creates the 3 vertical checkboxes:
public class CSFilteringCheckBoxes extends Composite {
    private Button error = new Button(this, SWT.CHECK);
    private Button failed = new Button(this, SWT.CHECK);
    private Button passed = new Button(this, SWT.CHECK);
    private Label caption = new Label(this, SWT.HORIZONTAL | SWT.CENTER);

    public CSFilteringCheckBoxes(Composite parent, int style) {
        super(parent, style);
        Font font = new Font(parent.getDisplay(),"Arial",9, SWT.NORMAL);
        final Color lightgray;
        lightgray = new Color (parent.getDisplay(), 140, 140, 140);
        GridLayout gl = new GridLayout(); gl.verticalSpacing = 4;
        caption.setLayoutData(new GridData(GridData.FILL_HORIZONTAL)); // center the caption


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When I mark a checkbox as checked, I would like to populate the relevant information on the table.

How can I do it? Can you please show me?
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Amitkumar PSr. ConsultantCommented:
Use can try exclude property... first set it to true..  when need to filter, set to false, filter it, reset to true.

Hope this works for you.

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TolgarAuthor Commented:
I would appreciate if you could show me how I will implement it in my code?

zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Small demonstration app you can just run.
It should give you an idea of how to apply a filter on the rows of a table.

import javax.swing.*;
import javax.swing.table.DefaultTableModel;
import javax.swing.table.TableModel;
import javax.swing.table.TableRowSorter;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;

public class JTableFilterDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Object[][] data = { { "A", 5 }, { "B", 2 }, { "C", 4 }, { "D", 8 } };
        String columnNames[] = { "Item", "Value" };
        TableModel model = new DefaultTableModel(data, columnNames) {
            public Class<?> getColumnClass(int column) {
                return getValueAt(0, column).getClass();
        JTable table = new JTable(model);

        RowFilter<Object, Object> filter = new RowFilter<Object, Object>() {
            public boolean include(Entry entry) {
                Integer population = (Integer) entry.getValue(1);
                return population.intValue() > 4;

        TableRowSorter<TableModel> sorter = new TableRowSorter<TableModel>(model);
        JScrollPane scrollPane = new JScrollPane(table);
        JFrame frame = new JFrame("Filtering Table");
        frame.getContentPane().setLayout(new BorderLayout());
        frame.getContentPane().add(scrollPane, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        frame.getContentPane().add(getButtonPnl(sorter, filter), BorderLayout.SOUTH);
        frame.setSize(300, 200);

    private static JPanel getButtonPnl(final TableRowSorter sorter, final RowFilter filter) {
        final String applyFilterTxt = "Apply filter";
        final String removeFilterTxt = "Remove filter";
        final JButton filterBtn = new JButton(applyFilterTxt);
        filterBtn.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
                if (filterBtn.getText().equals(applyFilterTxt)) {
                } else {
        JPanel btnPnl = new JPanel();
        return btnPnl;

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TolgarAuthor Commented:
This example is not for SWT.

Does anyone have any idea about how to do table filtering in SWT?
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