How to delete row in JSF dataTable

This example is enhancing the previous JSF 2 dataTable example, by adding a “delete” function to delete the row in dataTable.

Delete Concept

The overall concept is quite simple :

1. Assign a “Delete” link to the end of each row.

<h:dataTable value="#{order.orderList}" var="o">
    <f:facet name="header">Action</f:facet>
    <h:commandLink value="Delete" action="#{order.deleteAction(o)}" />

2. If “Delete” link is clicked, pass the current row object into the deleteAction(). In deleteAction() method, just removes the current row object from the “list” and return back to the current page.

public String deleteAction(Order order) {
	return null;


A JSF 2.0 example to implement the above concept to delete row in dataTable.

1. Managed Bean

A managed bean named “order”, self-explanatory.

package com.mkyong;
import java.math.BigDecimal;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;
import javax.faces.bean.SessionScoped;
public class OrderBean implements Serializable{
	private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
	private static final ArrayList<Order> orderList = 
		new ArrayList<Order>(Arrays.asList(
		new Order("A0001", "Intel CPU", 
				new BigDecimal("700.00"), 1),
		new Order("A0002", "Harddisk 10TB", 
				new BigDecimal("500.00"), 2),
		new Order("A0003", "Dell Laptop", 
				new BigDecimal("11600.00"), 8),
		new Order("A0004", "Samsung LCD", 
				new BigDecimal("5200.00"), 3),
		new Order("A0005", "A4Tech Mouse", 
				new BigDecimal("100.00"), 10)
	public ArrayList<Order> getOrderList() {
		return orderList;
	public String deleteAction(Order order) {
		return null;
	public static class Order{
		String orderNo;
		String productName;
		BigDecimal price;
		int qty;
		public Order(String orderNo, String productName, 
				BigDecimal price, int qty) {
			this.orderNo = orderNo;
			this.productName = productName;
			this.price = price;
			this.qty = qty;
		//getter and setter methods

2. JSF page

JSF page to display the data with dataTable tag, and create a “delete” link to delete the row record.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns=""   
    	<h:outputStylesheet library="css" name="table-style.css"  />
    	<h1>JSF 2 dataTable example</h1>
    		<h:dataTable value="#{order.orderList}" var="o"
    			<f:facet name="header">Order No</f:facet>
    			<f:facet name="header">Product Name</f:facet>
    			<f:facet name="header">Price</f:facet>
    			<f:facet name="header">Quantity</f:facet>
    			<f:facet name="header">Action</f:facet>
    			<h:commandLink value="Delete" 
                                action="#{order.deleteAction(o)}" />

3. Demo

From top to bottom, shows a row record being deleted.


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  • fense


    I have the question.

    Its posible add confirm javascript?



    as should be the code?

  • Koray


    Is there anyway to do this using CDI beans and a @RequestScoped?

  • DougMH

    Are you certain this is thread safe the way you’re doing it? I mean if you were also adding dynamically?

  • Michael Gims

    Thank Man, you just saved me from a lot stress. Thank you.

  • vinod

    can we do that using check box

  • vinod

    hi your code is great.
    can we do that using a check box

  • saravanan


    How to delete the selected rows using ??
    I want sample progeam

  • Srecko


    I would like to thank you for all your posts. They are really great, and helped me a lot!


  • Janosik

    Not working for me either… no action is made by browser….

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  • steffen

    There’s a big problem in your example. If you hit the browser’s refresh button, you’ll accidently delete the next row. Also, when another user deletes that row (or any other row with a lower index) while you’re choosing the row to delete, you’ll end up deleting the wrong row.

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  • Edi

    I have tried to call a method with an argument, but i get the following error:

    javax.faces.view.facelets.TagAttributeException: /index.xhtml @28,101 action=”#{main.addToCart(m)}” Error Parsing: #{main.addToCart(m)}
    at com.sun.faces.facelets.tag.TagAttributeImpl.getMethodExpression(
    Caused by: org.apache.el.parser.ParseException: Encountered ” “(” “( “” at line 1, column 17.
    Was expecting one of:
    “}” …
    “.” …

    My JSF code is:


    My bean code is
    @ManagedBean(name = “main”)
    public class MainMB implements Serializable {
    public List getAllItems(){
    return new ItemDao().findAll();

    public String addToCart(ItemDTO id){
    return null;

    Please help with this.
    Thanks in advanced.

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  • Erick

    this line doesn’t work.

    • mkyong

      May i know which line doesn’t work? It’s tested in my workstation.

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