Enabling tooltips on a JTree

August 12, 2008 by Michael

Thinks i keep forgetting. Today: Enabling a JTree in J2SE to show different tooltips on his nodes:

1. Create a custom tree renderer like so:

import java.awt.Component;
import javax.swing.JTree;
import javax.swing.tree.DefaultMutableTreeNode;
import javax.swing.tree.DefaultTreeCellRenderer;
public class TooltipTreeRenderer  extends DefaultTreeCellRenderer  {	
  public Component getTreeCellRendererComponent(JTree tree, Object value, boolean sel, boolean expanded, boolean leaf, int row, boolean hasFocus) {
    final Component rc = super.getTreeCellRendererComponent(tree, value, sel, expanded, leaf, row, hasFocus);		
    String tooltip = "Compute some arbitrary text depending on the node (which is hidden behind 'value')";
    return rc;

2. Set this renderer

aTree.setCellRenderer(new TooltipTreeRenderer());

3. Keep wondering, why the tooltip doesn’t show…

4. Register the tree with the ToolTipManager (which isn’t necessary for nearly all other Swing Components…)


5. Enjoy 🙂


  1. Sagar wrote:

    It was very useful. Thanks a lot.

    Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM | Permalink
  2. igorludi wrote:

    One “ToolTipManager” too many in:

    should be:



    Posted on May 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM | Permalink
  3. Michael wrote:


    Posted on May 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Permalink
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