Jframe tutorial and example

Jframe is a very basics component in java swing package, it  is a must learning if you any Java GUI applications, this tutorial and example is for this, it covers the JFrame introduction, usage and demonstrate how to create simple Jframe programs.

The JFrame Class

The most common Swing container for Java applications is the JFrame class. Like java.awt.Frame, JFrame provides a top-level window with a title, border, and other platform-specific adornments (e.g., minimize, maximize, and close buttons). Because it uses a JRootPane as its only child, working with a JFrame is slightly different than working with an AWT Frame.

The primary difference is that calls to add( ) must be replaced with calls to getContentPane().add(). In fact, the addImpl() method is implemented so that a call made directly to add() throws an Error. (The error message tells you not to call add() directly.)

The JFrame Properties

JFrame defines the properties shown in following Table. The accessibleContext property is as expected. ContentPane, glassPane, layeredPane, and JMenuBar are really properties of JRootPane (described earlier in the chapter). JFrame provides direct access to these panes, as required by the RootPaneContainer interface, you can know more by the following table Jframe properties tutorial.

Table JFrame properties
Property Data type get is set Default value
accessibleContext AccessibleContext Yes JFrame.Accessible-JFrame( )
background Color Yes Yes UIManager.getColor ("control")
contentPane Container Yes Yes From rootPane
defaultCloseOperation int Yes Yes HIDE_ON_CLOSE
glassPane Component Yes Yes From rootPane
JMenuBar JMenuBar Yes Yes From rootPane
layeredPane JLayeredPane Yes Yes From rootPane
layout LayoutManager Yes Yes BorderLayout( )
JRootPane Yes Yes JRootPane( )
rootPaneCheckingEnabled boolean Yes Yes true
title String Yes Yes ""

The defaultCloseOperation is set to HIDE_ON_CLOSE, a value taken from WindowConstants. This indicates that closing a JFrame window results in a call to setVisible(false).

The layout property is listed here because JFrame overrides setLayout( ) to throw an Error if an attempt is made to change the layout manager, rather than set the layout manager of the frame’s content pane.

The rootPane property is set to a new instance of JRootPane when the frame is created and cannot be changed (via public methods). The rootPaneCheckingEnabled property determines whether you get those error messages when trying to add components directly to the root pane.

The accessors for the title property are inherited from Frame. This property can also be set in the JFrame constructor.

The JFrame Constructors

All constructors can now potentially throw HeadlessException if the graphics environment is operating in a “headless” mode, meaning that there is no display, keyboard, or mouse. This would be true, for example, in a servlet environment that used Swing to generate graphics to be sent to a web browser as downloaded image files.

The versions that specify a GraphicsConfiguration allow you to select the display device on which the dialog should appear if your application is running in a multi-screen environment. here have listed the Jframe constructors implemention specified Java, You also can visit java official tutorial and example to know more information.

public JFrame( )
public JFrame(GraphicsConfiguration gc)

Create a new unnamed, invisible frame. Nothing appears in the title bar of the frame.

public JFrame(String title)
public JFrame(GraphicsConfiguration gc, String title)

Create an invisible frame with the specified title.

The JFrame Protected Methods

JFrame has a few protected methods that you should know about. If you extend JFrame, you can override them to alter the default behavior. In particular, if you don’t want the frame responding to windowClosing( ) events at all, you can provide an empty implementation of the processWindowEvent() method. This will leave you with the responsibility of closing the frame programmatically. The next section has an example of extending processWindowEvent( ) to confirm that the user really wants to close the frame.

protected void frameInit( )

Called by the constructor to enable key and window events, set the root pane, and set the background color. The last thing this method does is set the rootPaneCheckingEnabled field to true.

protected void processWindowEvent(WindowEvent e)

Allow the superclass implementation to process the event. The superclass then handles window-closing events based on the current default close operation for the frame. For HIDE_ON_CLOSE, the frame is made invisible; for DISPOSE_ON_CLOSE, the frame is made invisible and disposed of; and for DO_NOTHING_ON_CLOSE, predictably, nothing is done.

The JFrame Exiting Frames

In many applications, closing the main application frame should cause the program to exit (shutting down the virtual machine). The default implementation, however, is only to hide the frame when it is closed, leaving the virtual machine running with no visible frame. We’ll briefly look at two simple ways to get the program to exit when the frame is closed.

Here is one Jframe example The simplest thing to do is to set the close operation to exit:

// FrameClose1.java
import javax.swing.JFrame;

public class FrameClose1 {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    JFrame mainFrame = new JFrame( );

    // Exit app when frame is closed.
    mainFrame.setSize(320, 240);

Another alternative that works with SDKs prior to 1.3 is to add a WindowListener to the frame, calling System.exit( ) in the windowClosing( ) method. Here’s a Jframe simple example:

// FrameClose2.java
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import java.awt.event.*;

public class FrameClose2 {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    JFrame mainFrame = new JFrame( );

    // Exit app when frame is closed.
    mainFrame.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter( ) {
      public void windowClosing(WindowEvent ev) {

    mainFrame.setSize(320, 240);

If you get tired of writing this same block of code in every frame that needs to close properly, you might want to use an extension of JFrame that supports this feature. Here’s one possible implementation of such a class:

// ExitFrame.java
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import java.awt.event.WindowEvent;

// A very simple extension of JFrame that defaults to EXIT_ON_CLOSE for
// its close operation. Relies on the 1.3 or higher SDK.
public class ExitFrame extends JFrame {

  public ExitFrame( ) {
     super( );

  public ExitFrame(String title) {

You can use this class just like you’d use a JFrame. If you don’t want the program to exit when the user closes the frame, just change the default close action to one of the values defined in WindowConstants.

A more common strategy is to display a dialog box asking something like, “Are you sure?” when the user tries to close the frame. JOptionPane makes this very easy to do. All you need to do is reimplement your processWindowEvent() method like this:

Here is the source code of Jframe tutorial and example:

protected void processWindowEvent(WindowEvent e) {
  if (e.getID( ) == WindowEvent.WINDOW_CLOSING) {
     int exit = JOptionPane.showConfirmDialog(this, "Are you sure?");
     if (exit == JOptionPane.YES_OPTION) {
  // If you don't want listeners processing the WINDOW_CLOSING events, you could put
  // this next call in an else block for the if (e.getID( )...) statement. That way,
  // only the other types of Window events (iconification, activation, etc.) would be
  // sent out.

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  1. Wilstom

    Nice Jframe tutorial and example, It help out solve our current issues after reading this tutorial.