Setting background images in JFrame

There is no built-in method, but there are several ways to do it. The most straightforward way that I can think of at the moment is:

  1. Create a subclass of JComponent.
  2. Override the paintComponent(Graphics g) method to paint the image that you want to display.
  3. Set the content pane of the JFrame to be this subclass.

Some sample code:

class ImagePanel extends JComponent {
    private Image image;
    public ImagePanel(Image image) {
        this.image = image;
    protected void paintComponent(Graphics g) {
        g.drawImage(image, 0, 0, this);

// elsewhere
BufferedImage myImage =;
JFrame myJFrame = new JFrame("Image pane");
myJFrame.setContentPane(new ImagePanel(myImage));

Note that this code does not handle resizing the image to fit the JFrame, if that’s what you wanted.

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