Java: How to drag a file from a JTable to native filesystem?

My Java 7 Swing application features a JTable that contains the following objects:

public class MyFile {

    private long id;
    private long created;
    private long modified;
    private String description;
    private File file;

    public MyFile(long id) { = id;
        this.created = System.currentTimeMillis();

    // getter & setter methods ...


The goal is to drag these MyFile objects out of my application and drop them to the filesystem (e.g. to the desktop). When setting setDragEnabled(true) to my JTable, the icon already turns to a "+" symbol when dragging a table entry, as known by regular drag&drop actions from other applications. But when actually dropping the object to the desktop nothing happens...

How can I tell my JTable to only drop the File object inside the MyFile object ? Did I forgot more things ?

Could someone provide a short sample ?

Many thanks for your help in advance!


You must make sure that the created Transferable contains the DataFlavor#javaFileListFlavor and that the data for that flavor is the File contained in your MyFile instance (to be more precise: a List with the File, as explained in the javadoc of that flavor).

This will probably require a custom TransferHandler on your JTable.

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