JFreeChart in Eclipse RCP & SWT


To use JFreeChart in a Eclipse RCP project or simply embed in an SWT composite, you have two applicable choices: org.jfree.experimental.chart.swt.ChartComposite from JFreeChart SWT experimental project, which I can not say works seamless.

SWT_AWT bridge, hmm, not perfect but plays its role better.

  • Create a container composite with SWT.EMBEDED style (required for SWT_AWT).
Composite container = new Composite(parent, SWT.EMBEDDED)
  • Create new AWT Frame using container.
java.awt.Frame chartFrame = SWT_AWT.new_Frame(container)
  • Create a JFreeChart ChartPanel and append on chartFrame. (This should be done in AWT Event Thread)
SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
     public void run() {
          ChartPanel chartPanel = new ChartPanel(chart, true);

That’s it!

*Migrated from old blog: jfreechart-in-eclipse-rcp-swt