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Drag And Drop between JList and Windows Explorer

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Pure Java Sample for Drag and Drop between Swing based JList and Windows Explorer
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    Until JDK1.2.2, It was not possible to Drag and Drop a file from Windows Explorer to a Java based Swing/AWT component. Here is some sample code that will show you how to Drag and Drop from a JList control. The code can be very easily used with other components like JTree and JTable.

    To compile the code use "javac". To run it use "java ListDemo"

    import java.awt.*;
    import java.util.*;
    import java.awt.event.*;
    import java.awt.dnd.*;
    import java.awt.datatransfer.*;
    import javax.swing.*;
    import javax.swing.event.*;
    import javax.swing.tree.*;
    public class ListDemo extends JFrame
                          implements ListSelectionListener
        private DroppableList list;
        private JTextField fileName;
        public ListDemo()
            //Create the list and put it in a scroll pane
            list = new DroppableList();
            DefaultListModel listModel = (DefaultListModel)list.getModel();
            list.setCellRenderer(new CustomCellRenderer());
            JScrollPane listScrollPane = new JScrollPane(list);
            String dirName = new String("\\");
            String filelist[] = new File(dirName).list();
            for (int i=0; i < filelist.length ; i++ )
                String thisFileSt = dirName+filelist[i];
                File thisFile = new File(thisFileSt);
                if (thisFile.isDirectory())
                try {
                } catch ( e){
            fileName = new JTextField(50);
            String name = listModel.getElementAt(
            //Create a panel that uses FlowLayout (the default).
            JPanel buttonPane = new JPanel();
            Container contentPane = getContentPane();
            contentPane.add(listScrollPane, BorderLayout.CENTER);
            contentPane.add(buttonPane, BorderLayout.NORTH);
        public void valueChanged(ListSelectionEvent e)
            if (e.getValueIsAdjusting() == false)
                if (list.getSelectedIndex() != -1)
                    String name = list.getSelectedValue().toString();
        private static Hashtable makeNode(String name,
            String url, String strPath)
            Hashtable hashtable = new Hashtable();
            hashtable.put("name", name);
            hashtable.put("url", url);
            hashtable.put("path", strPath);
            return hashtable;
        public class DroppableList extends JList
            implements DropTargetListener, DragSourceListener, DragGestureListener
            DropTarget dropTarget = new DropTarget (this, this);
            DragSource dragSource = DragSource.getDefaultDragSource();
            public DroppableList()
                  this, DnDConstants.ACTION_COPY_OR_MOVE, this);
              setModel(new DefaultListModel());
            public void dragDropEnd(DragSourceDropEvent DragSourceDropEvent){}
            public void dragEnter(DragSourceDragEvent DragSourceDragEvent){}
            public void dragExit(DragSourceEvent DragSourceEvent){}
            public void dragOver(DragSourceDragEvent DragSourceDragEvent){}
            public void dropActionChanged(DragSourceDragEvent DragSourceDragEvent){}
            public void dragEnter (DropTargetDragEvent dropTargetDragEvent)
              dropTargetDragEvent.acceptDrag (DnDConstants.ACTION_COPY_OR_MOVE);
            public void dragExit (DropTargetEvent dropTargetEvent) {}
            public void dragOver (DropTargetDragEvent dropTargetDragEvent) {}
            public void dropActionChanged (DropTargetDragEvent dropTargetDragEvent){}
            public synchronized void drop (DropTargetDropEvent dropTargetDropEvent)
                    Transferable tr = dropTargetDropEvent.getTransferable();
                    if (tr.isDataFlavorSupported (DataFlavor.javaFileListFlavor))
                        dropTargetDropEvent.acceptDrop (
                        java.util.List fileList = (java.util.List)
                        Iterator iterator = fileList.iterator();
                        while (iterator.hasNext())
                          File file = (File);
                          Hashtable hashtable = new Hashtable();
                  } else {
                    System.err.println ("Rejected");
                } catch (IOException io) {
                } catch (UnsupportedFlavorException ufe) {
            public void dragGestureRecognized(DragGestureEvent dragGestureEvent)
                if (getSelectedIndex() == -1)
                Object obj = getSelectedValue();
                if (obj == null) {
                    // Nothing selected, nothing to drag
                    System.out.println ("Nothing selected - beep");
                } else {
                    Hashtable table = (Hashtable)obj;
                    FileSelection transferable =
                      new FileSelection(new File((String)table.get("path")));
        public class CustomCellRenderer implements ListCellRenderer
            DefaultListCellRenderer listCellRenderer =
              new DefaultListCellRenderer();
            public Component getListCellRendererComponent(
                JList list, Object value, int index,
                boolean selected, boolean hasFocus)
                  list, value, index, selected, hasFocus);
                return listCellRenderer;
            private String getValueString(Object value)
                String returnString = "null";
                if (value != null) {
                  if (value instanceof Hashtable) {
                    Hashtable h = (Hashtable)value;
                    String name = (String)h.get("name");
                    String url = (String)h.get("url");
                    returnString = name + " ==> " + url;
                  } else {
                    returnString = "X: " + value.toString();
                return returnString;
        public class FileSelection extends Vector implements Transferable
            final static int FILE = 0;
            final static int STRING = 1;
            final static int PLAIN = 2;
            DataFlavor flavors[] = {DataFlavor.javaFileListFlavor,
            public FileSelection(File file)
            /* Returns the array of flavors in which it can provide the data. */
            public synchronized DataFlavor[] getTransferDataFlavors() {
        	return flavors;
            /* Returns whether the requested flavor is supported by this object. */
            public boolean isDataFlavorSupported(DataFlavor flavor) {
                boolean b  = false;
                b |=flavor.equals(flavors[FILE]);
                b |= flavor.equals(flavors[STRING]);
                b |= flavor.equals(flavors[PLAIN]);
            	return (b);
             * If the data was requested in the "java.lang.String" flavor,
             * return the String representing the selection.
            public synchronized Object getTransferData(DataFlavor flavor)
        			throws UnsupportedFlavorException, IOException {
        	if (flavor.equals(flavors[FILE])) {
        	    return this;
        	} else if (flavor.equals(flavors[PLAIN])) {
        	    return new StringReader(((File)elementAt(0)).getAbsolutePath());
        	} else if (flavor.equals(flavors[STRING])) {
        	} else {
        	    throw new UnsupportedFlavorException(flavor);
        public static void main(String s[])
            JFrame frame = new ListDemo();
            frame.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
                public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e) {
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    Davanum Srinivas
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    I got the same problem as you did... when using JDK1.4. This program runs fine with JDK1.3.1.

    Just recompile and run the code with JDK1.3.1 (no code changes would be required for the given code to runSmile | :) )
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