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Java full screen image viewer

This article contains a source code of a simple Java program which draws image(from file or http:// URL) at the center of full-screen window. It uses AWT Toolkit to load image (from the file or http URL) and Swing JFrame to display it.
  • Sun Java 1.4 or higher
  • This program consist of single class Test1, which extends standard Swing JFrame class. Majority of the code is in the class constructor: there are two simple event listeners there (mouse listener to exit program on click and window listener which will end program when the window is closed), full screen switching code and image loading.

    Full screen switching code is quote simple:

    source code: Java

    We remove window borders and menus (setUndecorated method), make sure that the window is visible(setVisible) and call setFullScreenWindow. You can read more about advanced full-screen API at

    Program will try to load and draw image specified as a command line argument. If argument starts with "http://" substring, we create URL object. Otherwise, argument is treated like a file name and passed directly to AWT Toolkit getImage method.

    Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getImage() method can load GIF, JPEG and PNG files. It accepts either string argument (file name) or URL object.

    source code: Java
    import java.awt.Graphics; 
    import java.awt.GraphicsEnvironment; 
    import java.awt.Image; 
    import java.awt.Toolkit; 
    import java.awt.event.MouseEvent; 
    import java.awt.event.MouseListener; 
    import java.awt.event.WindowAdapter; 
    import java.awt.event.WindowEvent; 
    import javax.swing.JFrame; 
    public class Test1 extends JFrame { 
        // this line is needed to avoid serialization warnings  
        private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
        Image screenImage; // downloaded image  
        int w, h; // Display height and width 
        // Program entry 
        public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception { 
            if (args.length < 1) // by default program will load AnyExample logo 
                new Test1(""); 
                new Test1(args[0]); // or first command-line argument 
        // Class constructor  
        Test1(String source) throws MalformedURLException { 
            // Exiting program on window close 
            addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() { 
                public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e) { 
            // Exitig program on mouse click 
            addMouseListener(new MouseListener() { 
                public void mouseClicked(MouseEvent e) { System.exit(0); } 
                public void mousePressed(MouseEvent e) {} 
                public void mouseReleased(MouseEvent e) {} 
                public void mouseEntered(MouseEvent e) {} 
                public void mouseExited(MouseEvent e) {} 
            // remove window frame  
            // window should be visible 
            // switching to fullscreen mode 
            // getting display resolution: width and height 
            w = this.getWidth();
            h = this.getHeight();
            System.out.println("Display resolution: " + String.valueOf(w) + "x" + String.valueOf(h));
            // loading image  
            if (source.startsWith("http://")) // http:// URL was specified 
                screenImage = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getImage(new URL(source));
                screenImage = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getImage(source); // otherwise - file 
        public void paint (Graphics g) { 
            if (screenImage != null) // if screenImage is not null (image loaded and ready) 
                g.drawImage(screenImage, // draw it  
                            w/2 - screenImage.getWidth(this) / 2, // at the center  
                            h/2 - screenImage.getHeight(this) / 2, // of screen 
                // to draw image at the center of screen 
                // we calculate X position as a half of screen width minus half of image width 
                // Y position as a half of screen height minus half of image height 
  • This program will display nothing if the image was not loaded.
  • tested 
  • JDK 1.5

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