I have a pageBlockTable that gets its items from a database list from the controller

I'm trying to add in that pageblockTable a column for radiobuttons so the user can select only one row.

I tried this but the radiobuttons are not binded together(I can select more than one item)

     apex:pageBlockTable value="{!myContacts}" var="c" id="agents" style="margin-top:1em; width:880px">

            <apex:column >
              <apex:facet name="header"></apex:facet>
                <apex:selectRadio label="selectRadio" id="selectRadio" layout="pageDirection" value="{!c.selected}">


       <apex:column >
        <apex:facet name="header">Agent Details</apex:facet>
                <apex:outputField value="{!c.con.LastName}" />

my controller

public List<cContact> myContacts {get;set;}

 public class cContact {  
    public Contact con {get; set;}  
    public boolean selected {get; set;}  

    public cContact(Contact c) {  
        con = c;  
        selected = false;  

EDIT I also tried this

<apex:selectOptions value="{!items}" />


 public List<SelectOption> getItems() {
        List<SelectOption> options = new List<SelectOption>(); 

        for(cContact c :myContacts)
            options.add(new SelectOption('','')); 


        return options; 

but all the radio buttons were in one row.

  • It's asinine that the apex:selectRadio component works in this way, all it needs is a name attribute. I'm not sure how they missed the ability to group radio buttons freely.
    – Phil Rymek
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 21:37
  • Hi, I'm having the same issue as you. Were you able to figure this out? Thanks. Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 22:14
  • @user3708392 check the answers below!!
    – raym0nd
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 17:51

3 Answers 3


So I used an html radio button for that.

    <apex:column >
 <apex:facet name="header"></apex:facet>
<input type="radio" name="group1" id="{!c.con.Id}" />

and I passed the selected radio button from my command button like this

<apex:commandButton onclick="getSelectedContact();"
    value="next" id="btn3"
<apex:actionFunction name="next" action="{!next}" rerender="Msgs">
    <apex:param name="selected" value="" />
 function getSelectedContact()

            var $radio = $('input[name=group1]:checked');
            var updateDay = $radio.val();
            var id = $radio.attr('id');




In my controller. I get the selected contact ID like this

 //get selected contact
   string Id = apexpages.currentpage().getparameters().get('selected');
  • Great Solution, Please can you explain me how in the controller you get the value chosen. I need to get the id of the record chosen.
    – Enry
    Commented May 16, 2013 at 19:30
  • @Enry Please check my updated answer.
    – raym0nd
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 13:28

The lack of <apex:inputCheckbox> is somewhat lamentable, but you could use the technique I described in a blog post. It does use checkboxes instead, but you'd only need a tiny amount of javascript to ensure only on box is selected at a time that could be fired from an onChange event.

Basically the idea is you have a map of record ID to boolean, and as you iterate over your records down the page you can bind checkboxes to this map using dynamic binding:

<apex:inputCheckbox value="{!theMap[c.Id]}" styleClass="radio" onChange="clearOthers(this);"/>

Where clearOthers() is a javascript funciton which unchecks all checkboxes with the class radio and then selectes the element passed to it.

This isn't th neatest solution when you want radio buttons but I just wanted to show an alternative to the method that @raym0nd proposed, though I'd likely use his in reality.


Check out the Salesforce example. Basically you need to populate the selectRadio tag via the selectOptions parameter.

<apex:selectRadio value="{!controllerBackingField}">
     <apex:selectOptions value="{!possibleValues}"/>
  • I tried that but my radio buttons were all in one row.
    – raym0nd
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 17:47
  • You may need to use regular HTML and JavaScript then.
    – Mike Chale
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 17:49

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