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How to distribute the radio buttons of a radio field across multiple PdfPCells?

I'd like to make a PdfPTable with multiple rows. In each row I'd like to have a Radio button in the first cell and descriptive text in the second cell.

I'd like all the radio buttons to be a part of the same radio group. I've used PdfPCell's setCellEvent() method and I've created my own custom cell events to render text fields and check boxes in PdfPTables. However, I can't seem to figure out how to do it with radio buttons / radio groups. Is this possible with iText? Does anyone have an example?

Posted on StackOverflow on Apr 1, 2015 by corestruct00

Please take a look at the CreateRadioInTable example.

In this example, we create a PdfButtonFormField for the radio group and we add it after constructing and adding the table:

PdfDocument pdfDoc = new PdfDocument(new PdfWriter(dest));
Document doc = new Document(pdfDoc);
PdfButtonFormField group = PdfFormField.createRadioGroup(pdfDoc, "Language", "English");
Table table = new Table(2);
// add cells
PdfAcroForm form = PdfAcroForm.getAcroForm(pdfDoc, true);

When we create the cells for the radio buttons, we add an event, for instance:

cell.setNextRenderer(new MyCellRenderer(cell, group, "english"));

The MyCellRenderer class looks like this:

private class MyCellRenderer extends CellRenderer {
    protected String value;
    protected PdfButtonFormField radioGroup;
    public MyCellRenderer(Cell modelElement, PdfButtonFormField radioGroup, String fieldName) {
        this.radioGroup = radioGroup;
        this.value = fieldName;
    public void draw(DrawContext drawContext) {
        PdfFormField.createRadioButton(drawContext.getDocument(), getOccupiedAreaBBox(), radioGroup, value);

As you’ve noticed there are no PdfPCell and PdfPTable classes in iText 7. We use Cell and Table instead.

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