[SOLVED] How can I create a "modern looking" Java desktop application?


Similar questions to this are asked periodically, but many of these answers are outdated.

I need to build a cross-platform desktop application in Java with a GUI of comparable quality to contemporary desktop apps.

Swing is the default choice, but I have yet to encounter a Swing application that didn’t look, at the very least, quite dated and clunky (subjective, I know, but with GUIs it’s hard to avoid aesthetic judgements).

I notice that the new Bitcoin client now uses QT with Java bindings, and does have an attractive user interface, but this has the disadvantage that it is no-longer pure Java.

So much of what I find when I search for Swing-related libraries is 5 years old or older, even though the aesthetics of desktop applications have evolved significantly since then.

If you needed to build a Java desktop application from scratch, what would you use for its GUI?


Look into changing the Look and Feel of your Java program. This allows you to customize the overall “theme” of your program.
Here is information on changing the LAF.

Answered By – lrAndroid

Answer Checked By – Pedro (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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