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ESWT is a deprecated UI framework. It is not present on Series 40 and on Symbian there are better maintained UI frameworks for most functionality (e.g. LWUIT).

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Code ExampleTested with
Devices(s): S60 3rd Ed. FP2 SDK
Created: gorkem.ercan (26 Nov 2008)
Updated: skalogir
Reviewed: skalogir (22 Aug 2012)
Last edited: hamishwillee (31 Jul 2013)



This snippet shows how to create a splash screen using eSWT.The example implements the splash screen as a window that is not maximized, but rather floats in the currently active display window. It shows an image and also updates a Progress Bar.

Warning.pngWarning: This example doesn't properly work on Nokia Belle. Tested on Nokia PureView 808 running Belle Feature Pack 1 (112.020.0309). The splash screen is properly displayed but the loading bar fails to update itself

Source file

import javax.microedition.midlet.MIDlet;
import org.eclipse.swt.SWT;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.SelectionEvent;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.SelectionListener;
import org.eclipse.swt.graphics.GC;
import org.eclipse.swt.graphics.Image;
import org.eclipse.swt.graphics.Rectangle;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.FormAttachment;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.FormData;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.FormLayout;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Display;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Label;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.ProgressBar;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Shell;
public class SplashScreenDemo extends MIDlet implements Runnable, SelectionListener {
// A handle to the eSWT UI thread created by this MIDlet.
private Thread UIThread;
// The eSWT Display created by this MIDlet in the eSWT UI thread.
// When this is created the MIDlet gets connected to the native UI
// functionality and eSWT UI toolkit is initialised for it.
private Display display;
// A Shell widget created by this MIDlet.
private Shell shell;
// A boolean to set when the event loop should exit.
private boolean exiting = false;
public void startApp() {
// Create the eSWT UI thread.
if(UIThread == null) {
UIThread = new Thread(this);
public void pauseApp() {
// Here we could reduce the resources but we should keep the Display
// instance and the eSWT UI Thread.
// destroyApp is called when the MIDlet is terminated from the task list
// with the clear key, or the end key is pressed when the MIDlet is focused.
// It might also be called when the system needs to close applications
// e.g. in low memory conditions.
public void destroyApp(boolean unconditional) {
// Make the event loop exit in the eSWT UI thread.
// Wait for the eSWT UI thread to die.
try {
} catch(InterruptedException e) {
// This method can be called from any thread to make the event loop to exit.
void exitEventLoop() {
exiting = true;
// The eSWT UI Thread.
public void run() {
// Create the Display.
display = new Display();
shell = new Shell(display);
Rectangle screenSize = display.getBounds();
final Image image = new Image(display, screenSize.width-50, screenSize.height/2);
GC gc = new GC(image);
gc.drawText("Splash Screen", 0, 5);
final Shell splash = new Shell(shell, SWT.ON_TOP);
final ProgressBar bar = new ProgressBar(splash, SWT.SMOOTH);
Label label = new Label(splash, SWT.BORDER);
FormLayout layout = new FormLayout();
FormData labelData = new FormData ();
labelData.right = new FormAttachment (100, 0);
labelData.bottom = new FormAttachment (100, 0);
FormData progressData = new FormData ();
progressData.left = new FormAttachment (0, 5);
progressData.right = new FormAttachment (100, -5);
progressData.bottom = new FormAttachment (100, -5);
Rectangle splashRect = splash.getBounds();
Rectangle displayRect = display.getBounds();
int x = (displayRect.width - splashRect.width) / 2;
int y = (displayRect.height - splashRect.height) / 2;
splash.setLocation(x, y);
display.asyncExec(new Runnable() {
public void run() {
for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
try {Thread.sleep(1000);} catch (InterruptedException e) {
// Execute the eSWT event loop.
while(!exiting) {
if(!display.readAndDispatch()) {
// Clean up and destroy the MIDlet.
public void widgetDefaultSelected(SelectionEvent e) {
public void widgetSelected(SelectionEvent e) {
// Exit command selected, exit the event loop.


The splash screen will appear for 10 secs and update the ProgressBar every second. And will make the main application screen visible.

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