SWT Style Bits – Bitwise Or and Bitwise And

Ever wondered how SWT Style bits work? It is actually very simple. The style bits are a multitud of 2

SWT.NONE = 0, // 00000000 binary
SWT.MULTI = 2, // 00000010 binary
SWT.SINGLE = 4; // 00000100 binary
SWT.READ_ONLY = 8; // 00001000 binary

Via the bitwise OR operator | you combine the bits

SWT.NONE | SWT.MULTI | SWT.READ_ONLY results in 00001010

To get later the information if a bit was set use the bitwise AND operation &.

if (SWT.WRAP==(result & SWT.WRAP)){
System.out.println(“SWT.WRAP available”);

Here is a small code snippets to run a little test.

package de.vogella.swt.widgets;

import org.eclipse.swt.SWT;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Display;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Shell;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Text;

public class SWTbitwiseOr {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		Display display = new Display();
		Shell shell = new Shell(display);
		new Text(shell, SWT.NONE);
		// Lets see what we have 
		int result = SWT.MULTI | SWT.WRAP;
		if (SWT.MULTI==(result & SWT.MULTI)){
			System.out.println("SWT.MULI available");	
		if (SWT.WRAP==(result & SWT.WRAP)){
			System.out.println("SWT.WRAP available");	
		if (SWT.SINGLE==(result & SWT.SINGLE)){
			System.out.println("SWT.SINGLE available");	
		} else {
			System.out.println("SWT.SINGLE available");	

For more information please see Bitwise Operators.

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3 Responses to SWT Style Bits – Bitwise Or and Bitwise And

  1. Bibi says:

    You can also test with code like this:

    if ((result & SWT.MULTI) != 0) {

  2. Sharon says:


    I thin your last “if” statement wrong? Well, not the if – but the output for the else clause. Shouldn’t it say:

    System.out.println(“SWT.SINGLE is NOT available”);

    Or is it way too early in the morning for me to be reading code? 🙂

    BTW I read lots of your articles – short, sweet, easy to understand….keep ’em coming!

  3. Lars Vogel says:

    @Sharon Correct, should be “NOT available”. Thanks.

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