Docking Frames

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DockingFrames is an open source Java Swing docking framework, licenced under LGPL 2.1.

Most graphical user interfaces consist of some panels. A JTree showing some files on the left, a JTable showing detailed information about a directory on the right, ...
DockingFrames provides a way to organize these panels such that the user can drag & drop them.


There is a demonstration available, it is using Java Webstart. You need to install at least Java 1.5 on your computer to let the demonstration run.

... as zip file (use java -jar docking-frames-demo-app.jar to start)


There is also a tutorial available, it is using Java Webstart too, but requires Java 1.6.

... as zip file (use java -jar docking-frames-demo-tutorial.jar to start)


The philosophy of DockingFrames is to have as much flexibility as possible, even if that means to sacrifice simplicity or clearity.
Most modules can be replaced by developers without changing the code of DockingFrames.
You don't like the look of the titles? Replace them.
You don't like the way drag & drop is handled? Replace it (ey, I didn't say that this is meaningful, but it is possible).


DockingFrames was developed under Java 1.5, so you need at least Java 1.5.

You have to agree to the LGPL-licence.