Substance API

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API method

public static boolean setSkin(String skinClassName)


Sets the specified skin. If the current look-and-feel is not Substance, this method will create a new Substance look-and-feel based on the specified skin and set it on UIManager. This method does not require Substance to be the current look-and-feel. Calling this method will call SwingUtilities.updateComponentTreeUI(Component) on all open top-level windows.


  • skinClassName - Skin class name (full qualified).


  • true if the specified skin has been set successfully, false otherwise.

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Sample code

import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.FlowLayout;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;

import javax.swing.*;

import org.pushingpixels.substance.api.SubstanceLookAndFeel;

 * Test application that shows the use of the
 {@link SubstanceLookAndFeel#setSkin(String)} API.
 @author Kirill Grouchnikov
 @see SubstanceLookAndFeel#setSkin(String)
public class SetSkin_ClassName extends JFrame {
   * Creates the main frame for <code>this</code> sample.
  public SetSkin_ClassName() {
    super("Set skin");

    this.setLayout(new BorderLayout());

    JPanel controls = new JPanel(new FlowLayout(FlowLayout.RIGHT));
    final JButton changeSkin = new JButton("Change skin");
    changeSkin.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
        SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
          public void run() {
            // set new skin by class name

    this.add(controls, BorderLayout.SOUTH);


   * The main method for <code>this</code> sample. The arguments are ignored.
   @param args
   *            Ignored.
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
      public void run() {
        SubstanceLookAndFeel.setSkin(new BusinessBlackSteelSkin());
        new SetSkin_ClassName().setVisible(true);

The screenshot below shows application frame under Business Black Steel skin:

The screenshot below shows the result of calling this API with