Set background color in JLabel

With this example we shall show you how to set background color in a JLabel component in Java Desktop Applications. This will enrich and customize your GUI components.

It’s very easy to set the background color in a JLebel, as all you have to do is:

  • Create a class that extends JFrame.
  • Create a new JLabel.
  • Use JLabel.setBackground(Color.[COLOR_CODE]) to set the foreground color.
  • Use add method to add the JLabel to the frame.

Let’s see the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import java.awt.Color;
import java.awt.FlowLayout;

import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JLabel;

public class SetBackgroundColorInJLabel extends JFrame {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

	public SetBackgroundColorInJLabel() {

		// set flow layout for the frame
		this.getContentPane().setLayout(new FlowLayout());

		JLabel label = new JLabel("Java Code Geeks - Java Examples");

		// if true the component paints every pixel within its bounds

		// sets the background color of this component
		// the background color is used only if the component is opaque

		// add label to frame


	private static void createAndShowGUI() {

  //Create and set up the window.

  JFrame frame = new SetBackgroundColorInJLabel();

  //Display the window.





	public static void main(String[] args) {

  //Schedule a job for the event-dispatching thread:

  //creating and showing this application's GUI.

  javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {

public void run() {





This was an example on how to set background color in JLabel.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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