Java Stopwatch that updates the GUI every second?

I'm a Java beginner and I'm trying to build a simple stopwatch program that displays the time on a swing GUI. Making the stopwatch is easy, however I cannot find a way to make the GUI update every second and display the current time on the stopwatch. How can I do this?

Answers


Something along these lines should do it:

import java.awt.EventQueue;
import java.util.Timer;
import java.util.TimerTask;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JLabel;

/** @see https://stackoverflow.com/a/11058263/230513 */
public class Clock {

    private Timer timer = new Timer();
    private JLabel timeLabel = new JLabel(" ", JLabel.CENTER);

    public Clock() {
        JFrame f = new JFrame("Seconds");
        f.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
        f.add(timeLabel);
        f.pack();
        f.setLocationRelativeTo(null);
        f.setVisible(true);
        timer.schedule(new UpdateUITask(), 0, 1000);
    }

    private class UpdateUITask extends TimerTask {

        int nSeconds = 0;

        @Override
        public void run() {
            EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {

                @Override
                public void run() {
                    timeLabel.setText(String.valueOf(nSeconds++));
                }
            });
        }
    }

    public static void main(String args[]) {
        EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {

            @Override
            public void run() {
                final Clock clock = new Clock();
            }
        });
    }
}

The timeLabel will always display the number of seconds the timer has been running.

  1. You will need to correctly format it to display "hh:mm:ss"; one approach is shown here.

  2. Create a container and add the label to it so that you can display it as part of the GUI.

  3. Compare the result to this alternate using javax.swing.Timer.


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