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Accessing image in a zip file

colin shuker
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Joined: Apr 11, 2005
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If I have an image in a folder, I can access it easily using...

But supposing AAA.jpg was inside, then how can I do the same thing as above to get the image?

Thanks for any help
Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
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One of the other constructors for ImageIcon allows you to make an ImageIcon from a byte[] array. So, can you get bytes from a zip file? From a quick browse of the API, this should work:

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colin shuker
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Thats excellent thanks,

I was working from this example...
zip stuff
But you can see it scans the entire zip file and puts all the contents into a hashtable.
I plan to use this in an applet, so obviously I don't want to have to load in every image at once, I rather just load them in as needed.

Hopefully this should work on applet.
colin shuker
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Joined: Apr 11, 2005
Posts: 750
Hi there again,

I've tried code on applet, but it doesn't work.
Essentially I have the JAR file of the applet, and the file containing the images, in same directory on server.

The applet code is...

The code works fine on eclipse on my computer, but on the server, when I run the applet on IE7, the Sun Java Console says:

Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-2" java.lang.NullPointerException
at java.awt.Toolkit.createImage(Unknown Source)
at pack.Drawer.loadImage(

I don't understand, are applets not allowed to access images from inside of zip files, or is the code I'm using only applicable to applications.

Thanks for any input, it is much appreciated
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
}catch(Exception exception){}

I'll bet you dollars for donuts that you're ignoring an exception here.

Jim's code does indeed do file I/O (which applets can't do without being signed, and not with files on the server to begin with). I don't think it'll work that way in an applet. The general outline might be something like:

and then work with the methods of ZipInputStream.
I agree. Here's the link:
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