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reading within a sub-folder using ImageIcon ?

Jon Camilleri
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Joined: Apr 25, 2008
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I would like to know whether I can set ImageIcon to read from a relative path, rather, than from the same path where the source code resides. For example my images are located within an images sub-directory relative to the source code. If there is some other way I don't mind knowing either

The following code does not compile it is just to illustrate what I would like to do:

Stephan van Hulst

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 3984

You can use Class.getResource() to get resources relative to the class path.

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Jelle Klap

Joined: Mar 10, 2008
Posts: 1924

Depending on a path relative to the JVM's current directory isn't really the way to go.
Indeed, classpath resources a better alternative, and there are several ways to go about this.
For instance, using the relevant methods on Class and ClassLoader.
These differ slightly in their behavior though, which can be a bit of a pain.

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