A Progress Bar Example Program

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Java Code:

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The Java code listing shows an example of how to use the JProgressBar and SwingWorker classes. When run the Java application will show a GUI which contains a JButton, a JProgressBar and two JCheckBoxes. The JButton starts a simulated task whose progress is tracked by the JProgressBar. The JCheckBoxes control whether the progress is determined or indeterminate.

The article that goes with this example program is How to Make a Progress Bar.

import java.awt.EventQueue;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JButton;
import javax.swing.JProgressBar;
import javax.swing.JCheckBox;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import javax.swing.SwingWorker;
import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.util.List;

public class ProgressBarExamples {

    JProgressBar progressBar;
    JCheckBox progressType;
    JCheckBox switchType;
    final JButton goButton;
    //Note: Typically the main method will be in a
    //separate class. As this is a simple one class
    //example it's all in the one class.
    public static void main(String[] args) {
         //Use the event dispatch thread for Swing components
         EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable()
             public void run()
                 new ProgressBarExamples();         
    public ProgressBarExamples()
        JFrame guiFrame = new JFrame();
        //make sure the program exits when the frame closes
        guiFrame.setTitle("Creating a Table Example");
        //This will center the JFrame in the middle of the screen

        goButton = new JButton("Go");
        goButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener()
            //When the button is clicked the SwingWorker class is executed and
            //the button is disabled
            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event)
                Sleeper task = new Sleeper();
        //create a panel to hold the checkboxes
        JPanel chkPanel = new JPanel();
        //Create a checkbox to pick between a determined or indeterminate
        progressType = new JCheckBox("Determined Progress Bar", true);
        progressType.addActionListener(new ActionListener()
            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent event)

        //Create a checkbox to switch progress bar modes
        switchType = new JCheckBox("Switch to Determined");
        //create progress bar        
        progressBar = new JProgressBar(0, 100);
        guiFrame.add(goButton, BorderLayout.WEST);
        guiFrame.add(progressBar, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        guiFrame.add(chkPanel, BorderLayout.SOUTH);

//SwingWorker class is used to simulate a task being performed
class Sleeper extends SwingWorker {

        public Void doInBackground() throws InterruptedException {
                int progress = 0;
                while (progress  chunks) {
         for (Integer chunk : chunks) {
            //if the switchtype checkbox is selected then
            //change the progressbar to a determined type
            //once the progress has reached 50
            if (chunk > 49)
                if (switchType.isEnabled() && switchType.isSelected())


        //when the 'task' has finished re-enable the go button
        public void done() {

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Leahy, Paul. "A Progress Bar Example Program." ThoughtCo, Jun. 18, 2014, thoughtco.com/a-progress-bar-example-program-2033969. Leahy, Paul. (2014, June 18). A Progress Bar Example Program. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/a-progress-bar-example-program-2033969 Leahy, Paul. "A Progress Bar Example Program." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/a-progress-bar-example-program-2033969 (accessed November 18, 2017).