JDev: How to reset a filter on an af:table

In my last blog entry “How to reset or undo a af:table sort” I showed how to clear a sort on a column of an af:table.

Chris Muir asked me to do a follow up showing how to do the same for a filter an an af:table. A short research about this question did not turn up anything. If somebody already has bloged about this, please drop me note and I’ll mention you for reference.

OK, just 5 minutes after first publishing I found Steve Muenchs sample #146 at http://blogs.oracle.com/smuenchadf/resource/examples. More to come?

You can download a sample workspace, which was set up using JDeveloper and the HR schema as DB connection, using the link at the end of the blog.

The use case for the blog is

  1. A use has a filterable af:table on a page. At some point he fills in one or more filter criteria and executes the query.
  2. Now he wants to clear the filter criteria to show all rows again.

Here is the code for a table with filtering enabled. As you see the filter is implemented as a filterModel (line 06: filterModel=”#{bindings.ImplicitViewCriteriaQuery.queryDescriptor}”).

                        <af:table value="#{bindings.EmployeesView1.collectionModel}" var="row"
                                  emptyText="#{bindings.EmployeesView1.viewable ? 'No data to display.' : 'Access Denied.'}"
                                  filterVisible="true" varStatus="vs"
                                  rowSelection="single" id="resId1" styleClass="AFStretchWidth"
                            <af:column sortProperty="#{bindings.EmployeesView1.hints.EmployeeId.name}"
                                       filterable="true" sortable="true"

From the javadoc


public final java.lang.Object getFilterModel()

    Gets the model used for filtering of data in the table. This attribute must be bound to an instance of FilterableQueryDescriptor class.

we see that the filterModel needs to be casted to a FilterableQueryDescriptor. A look into the javadoc shows that the class has a method to get a map of all criteria entered into the filter fields of a table. Here’s the javadoc for the FilterableQueryDescriptor.getFilterCriteria() method:


public abstract java.util.Map<java.lang.String,java.lang.Object> getFilterCriteria()

    Gets the filter criteria associated with the query descriptor. Filter Criteria are generally useful for filtering data in the table.

        Map<String, Object> containg the filterCriteria

Clearing this map clears the filter fields of the table. Finally we queue an query event to the table to refresh it. Here is the bean code:

public class ResetTableFilterBean
    private RichTable empTable;

    public ResetTableFilterBean()

    public void resetTableFilter(ActionEvent actionEvent)
        FilterableQueryDescriptor queryDescriptor =
            (FilterableQueryDescriptor) getEmpTable().getFilterModel();
        if (queryDescriptor != null && queryDescriptor.getFilterCriteria() != null)
            getEmpTable().queueEvent(new QueryEvent(getEmpTable(), queryDescriptor));

    public void setEmpTable(RichTable empTable)
        this.empTable = empTable;

    public RichTable getEmpTable()
        return empTable;

In the following picture we see a page holding the query panel with a table with filter enabled. A search for employees with last name starting with ‘K’ has been executed and the result has been filtered for last name starts with ‘Ki’.

Query Panel with Filterable Table

Query Panel with Filterable Table

After a click an the ‘Reset Table Filter’ button clears the filter and shows the result for the query only.

Filter reset

Filter reset

The sample workspace uses JDeveloper but the bean code should work in older JDeveloper version 11.1.1.x too. The sample used the HR schema as DB connection. You can download the sample workspace from BlogResetTableFilter.zip
After downloading the file rename it to ‘BlogResetTableFilter.zip’!

The sample also contains an other page showing the same for a simple table without the query panel.


5 thoughts on “JDev: How to reset a filter on an af:table

  1. Hello there,
    Thanks for that blogpost. I’ve recently implemented this functionality and I can say there is a case when this method fails.
    If you have a fragment embedded as a region and you need to clear main page table filter and also you have that table iterator defined in fragment’s bindings, then getFilterModel always returns null, so the method doesn’t work. Personally I haven’t found any solution for this.

    I also have a question: is there any possibility to tell that a table filter was applied?

    • ILya,
      I’m not sure about the case you mention (which is not working). If the filtering works, there must be a filter model which should be accessible somehow. So the question arises: how did you clear the main page filter from the region? Did you use a contextual event? Or my be a parent action?
      Can you alter my sample in a way to show the not working user case?
      I’d like to look into this if you can provide a test case.

      Second question: The information if the filter has been executed if not available using the classes available AFAIK (meaning not using adfinternal classes). If you are only interested in if one of the filter criteria has a value (regardless if it has been executed) you can iterate the map you get from
      Map lCriteria = queryDescriptor.getFilterCriteria();
      If you get an object which is not null there is a filter criteria available for the field.

  2. Hi there,
    I have a case where my filter is actually a dropdown box. So when i clear the filter, my search clears off my table but my filter drowpdown box keeps its selected value. Any ideas on how to clear off that?
    Thank you in advance,

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  4. Hi,

    After clearing the filter, I don’t want to show all the records in the table. I want to clear table results and filter criteria at a time. How can I achieve this ?


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