How do I draw a line in Java 2D?

The following code snippet show you how to draw a simple line using Graphics2D.draw() method. This method take a parameter that implements the java.awt.Shape interface.

To draw a line we can use the Line2D.Double static-inner class. This class constructor takes four integers values that represent the start (x1, y1) and end (x2, y2) coordinate of the line.

package org.kodejava.example.awt.geom;

import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.geom.Line2D;

public class DrawLine extends JApplet {
    public void paint(Graphics g) {
        // Draw a simple line using the Graphics2D draw() method.
        Graphics2D g2 = (Graphics2D) g;
        g2.setStroke(new BasicStroke(2f));
        g2.draw(new Line2D.Double(50, 150, 250, 350));
        g2.draw(new Line2D.Double(250, 350, 350, 250));
        g2.draw(new Line2D.Double(350, 250, 150, 50));
        g2.draw(new Line2D.Double(150, 50, 50, 150));
        g2.draw(new Line2D.Double(0, 0, 400, 400));

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        JFrame frame = new JFrame("Draw Line");

        JApplet applet = new DrawLine();
        frame.setSize(new Dimension(420, 440));

When you run the snippet it will show you something like:

Draw Line Applet

Wayan Saryada

Programmer, runner, recreational diver, live in the island of Bali, Indonesia. Mostly programming in Java, creating web based application with Spring Framework, Hibernate / JPA.


  1. Hi,

    If you want to change the thickness of the line you can change the value of the stroke size that is used to draw the line. See the g2.setStroke() line in the code snippet above.

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