Dikei Dikei - 4 months ago 32
Java Question

How to create a JButton with a menu?

I want to create a Toolbar in my application. If you click a button on that toolbar, it will pop up a menu, just like in Eclipse's toolbar. I don't know how to do this in Swing. Can someone help me please? I've tried Google but found nothing.


This is way harder in Swing than it needs to be. So instead of pointing you to tutorials I've created a fully working example.

import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.MouseAdapter;
import java.awt.event.MouseEvent;

public class ToolbarDemo {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        final JFrame frame = new JFrame();
        frame.setPreferredSize(new Dimension(600, 400));
        final JToolBar toolBar = new JToolBar();

        //Create the popup menu.
        final JPopupMenu popup = new JPopupMenu();
        popup.add(new JMenuItem(new AbstractAction("Option 1") {
            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
                JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(frame, "Option 1 selected");
        popup.add(new JMenuItem(new AbstractAction("Option 2") {
            public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
                JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(frame, "Option 2 selected");

        final JButton button = new JButton("Options");
        button.addMouseListener(new MouseAdapter() {
            public void mousePressed(MouseEvent e) {
                popup.show(e.getComponent(), e.getX(), e.getY());

        frame.getContentPane().add(toolBar, BorderLayout.NORTH);