Kotlin and Swing

Kotlin works with Java Swing classes like JFrame, JTextArea, etc., very easily. Here’s an example of a Kotlin application that opens a JFrame, adds a few components to it, and then displays it:

import java.awt.BorderLayout
import java.awt.Dimension
import javax.swing.JFrame
import javax.swing.JScrollPane
import javax.swing.JTextArea

fun main(args: Array<String>) {

    val textArea = JTextArea()
    textArea.setText("Hello, Kotlin/Swing world")
    val scrollPane = JScrollPane(textArea)

    val frame = JFrame("Hello, Kotlin/Swing")
    frame.getContentPane().add(scrollPane, BorderLayout.CENTER)
    frame.setSize(Dimension(600, 400))


To see how that code works, save it to a file named KotlinSwing.kt, then compile it:

$ kotlinc KotlinSwing.kt -include-runtime -d KotlinSwing.jar

then execute the jar file with this java command:

$ java -jar KotlinSwing.jar

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