How do I add icon to JTabbedPane tabs?

The following code snippet demonstrates how to create a JTabbedPane component with image icons attached on their tabs. There are two steps that we need to do to achieve this. First we need to load the image icon and after that we need to attach these icons to the tabs.

To create or load an image icon simply create an instance of ImageIcon class. Pass the information about the image location to the constructor of the ImageIcon. In the example below I provide the location of the image using the getClass().getResource() method which will load the images from resources directory.

To add a new tab with image icon attached to the tabs of a JTabbedPane component we are using the addTab(String, Icon, Component) method. The second argument in this method is the image icon of the tab.

Let’s see the code snippet below:

package org.kodejava.example.swing;

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

public class TabbedPaneWithIcon extends JPanel {
    private TabbedPaneWithIcon() {
        initializeUI();
    }

    private static void showFrame() {
        JPanel panel = new TabbedPaneWithIcon();
        panel.setOpaque(true);

        JFrame frame = new JFrame("Tabbed Pane With Icon Demo");
        frame.setDefaultCloseOperation(WindowConstants.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
        frame.setContentPane(panel);
        frame.pack();
        frame.setVisible(true);
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                TabbedPaneWithIcon.showFrame();
            }
        });
    }

    private void initializeUI() {
        this.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
        this.setPreferredSize(new Dimension(400, 200));

        JTabbedPane pane = new JTabbedPane();

        ImageIcon tab1Icon = new ImageIcon(
            this.getClass().getResource("/images/test-pass-icon.png"));
        ImageIcon tab2Icon = new ImageIcon(
            this.getClass().getResource("/images/test-fail-icon.png"));
        ImageIcon tab3Icon = new ImageIcon(
            this.getClass().getResource("/images/test-error-icon.png"));

        JPanel content1 = new JPanel();
        JPanel content2 = new JPanel();
        JPanel content3 = new JPanel();

        pane.addTab("Pass", tab1Icon, content1);
        pane.addTab("Fail", tab2Icon, content2);
        pane.addTab("Error", tab3Icon, content3);

        this.add(pane, BorderLayout.CENTER);
    }
}

The directory structure of the project:

kodejava-swing
├── pom.xml
└── src
    └── main
        ├── java
        │   └── org
        │       └── kodejava
        │           └── example
        │               └── swing
        │                   └── TabbedPaneWithIcon.java
        └── resources
            └── images
                ├── test-error-icon.png
                ├── test-fail-icon.png
                └── test-pass-icon.png

And here is the result of the code snippet above.

TabbedPane Tab With Icon

TabbedPane Tab With Icon

How do I create JTree with different icons for each node?

The example below demonstrates you how to create a JTree that have a different icons for each node of the tree.

package org.kodejava.example.swing;

import javax.swing.*;
import javax.swing.tree.DefaultMutableTreeNode;
import javax.swing.tree.TreeCellRenderer;
import java.awt.*;
import java.net.URL;

public class JTreeDifferentNodeIcon extends JFrame {
    public JTreeDifferentNodeIcon() throws HeadlessException {
        initializeUI();
    }

    private void initializeUI() {
        setSize(200, 400);
        setDefaultCloseOperation(WindowConstants.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);

        DefaultMutableTreeNode root = new DefaultMutableTreeNode("Countries");
        DefaultMutableTreeNode asia = new DefaultMutableTreeNode("Asia");
        Country[] countries = new Country[]{
                new Country("India", "/flags/in.png"),
                new Country("Singapore", "/flags/sg.png"),
                new Country("Indonesia", "/flags/id.png"),
                new Country("Vietnam", "/flags/vn.png"),
        };

        for (Country country : countries) {
            DefaultMutableTreeNode node = new DefaultMutableTreeNode(country);
            asia.add(node);
        }

        DefaultMutableTreeNode northAmerica = new DefaultMutableTreeNode("North America");
        countries = new Country[]{
                new Country("United States", "/flags/us.png"),
                new Country("Canada", "/flags/ca.png")
        };

        for (Country country : countries) {
            DefaultMutableTreeNode node = new DefaultMutableTreeNode(country);
            northAmerica.add(node);
        }

        DefaultMutableTreeNode southAmerica = new DefaultMutableTreeNode("South America");
        countries = new Country[]{
                new Country("Brazil", "/flags/br.png"),
                new Country("Argentina", "/flags/ar.png"),
                new Country("Uruguay", "/flags/uy.png")
        };
        for (Country country : countries) {
            DefaultMutableTreeNode node = new DefaultMutableTreeNode(country);
            southAmerica.add(node);
        }

        DefaultMutableTreeNode europe = new DefaultMutableTreeNode("Europe");
        countries = new Country[]{
                new Country("United Kingdom", "/flags/gb.png"),
                new Country("Germany", "/flags/de.png"),
                new Country("Spain", "/flags/es.png"),
                new Country("France", "/flags/fr.png"),
                new Country("Italy", "/flags/it.png")
        };
        for (Country country : countries) {
            DefaultMutableTreeNode node = new DefaultMutableTreeNode(country);
            europe.add(node);
        }

        root.add(asia);
        root.add(northAmerica);
        root.add(southAmerica);
        root.add(europe);

        final JTree tree = new JTree(root);
        tree.setCellRenderer(new CountryTreeCellRenderer());

        JScrollPane pane = new JScrollPane(tree);
        pane.setPreferredSize(new Dimension(200, 400));

        getContentPane().setLayout(new BorderLayout());
        getContentPane().add(pane, BorderLayout.CENTER);
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                new JTreeDifferentNodeIcon().setVisible(true);
            }
        });
    }

    class CountryTreeCellRenderer implements TreeCellRenderer {
        private JLabel label;

        CountryTreeCellRenderer() {
            label = new JLabel();
        }

        public Component getTreeCellRendererComponent(JTree tree, Object value, boolean selected, boolean expanded,
                                                      boolean leaf, int row, boolean hasFocus) {
            Object o = ((DefaultMutableTreeNode) value).getUserObject();
            if (o instanceof Country) {
                Country country = (Country) o;
                URL imageUrl = getClass().getResource(country.getFlagIcon());
                if (imageUrl != null) {
                    label.setIcon(new ImageIcon(imageUrl));
                }
                label.setText(country.getName());
            } else {
                label.setIcon(null);
                label.setText("" + value);
            }
            return label;
        }
    }

    class Country {
        private String name;
        private String flagIcon;

        Country(String name, String flagIcon) {
            this.name = name;
            this.flagIcon = flagIcon;
        }

        public String getName() {
            return name;
        }

        public void setName(String name) {
            this.name = name;
        }

        public String getFlagIcon() {
            return flagIcon;
        }

        public void setFlagIcon(String flagIcon) {
            this.flagIcon = flagIcon;
        }
    }
}

Here is the result of our program above:

JTree with different icon for each node

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