Add tab to JTabbedPane

In this tutorial we are going to see how to add a tab to a JTabbedPane component of a Java Desktop Application.

Basically, all you have to do is:

  • Create a new JFrame.
  • Call frame.getContentPane().setLayout(new GridLayout(1, 1) to set up grid layout for the frame.
  • Use JTabbedPane(JTabbedPane.TOP) to get a JTabbedPane.
  • Use tabbedPane.addTab to add a tab.

Let’s see the code:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import java.awt.GridLayout;

import javax.swing.Icon;
import javax.swing.ImageIcon;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JLabel;
import javax.swing.JTabbedPane;

public class AddTabToJTabbedPane {

	private static void createAndShowGUI() {

		// Create and set up the window.
		final JFrame frame = new JFrame("Split Pane Example");

		// Display the window.
		frame.setSize(500, 300);

		// set grid layout for the frame
		frame.getContentPane().setLayout(new GridLayout(1, 1));

		JTabbedPane tabbedPane = new JTabbedPane(JTabbedPane.TOP);

		// add tab with title
		tabbedPane.addTab("Tab 1", new JLabel("This is tab 1"));

		// add tab with title and icon
		Icon icon = new ImageIcon("icon.gif");
		tabbedPane.addTab("Tab 2", icon, new JLabel("This is tab 2"));

		// add tab with title, icon and tooltip
		String tooltip = "This is a tab";
		tabbedPane.addTab("Tab 3", icon, new JLabel("This is tab 3"), tooltip);

		// insert tab after second tab
		int index = 2;
		tabbedPane.insertTab("Tab 4", icon, new JLabel("This is tab 4"), tooltip, index);



	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 add a tab to JTabbedPane component.

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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3 years ago

Helpful info

2 years ago

Bruh, put a screenshot of the final result?!?!

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