clickable links in JOptionPane

I'm using a JOptionPane to display some product information and need to add some links to web pages.

I've figured out that you can use a JLabel containing html, so I have included an <a href> link. The link shows up blue and underlined in the dialog, however it is not clickable.

For example, this should also work:

public static void main(String[] args) throws Throwable
    JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "<html><a href=\"\">a link</a></html>");

How do I get clickable links within a JOptionPane?

Thanks, Paul.

EDIT - eg solution

public static void main(String[] args) throws Throwable
    // for copying style
    JLabel label = new JLabel();
    Font font = label.getFont();

    // create some css from the label's font
    StringBuffer style = new StringBuffer("font-family:" + font.getFamily() + ";");
    style.append("font-weight:" + (font.isBold() ? "bold" : "normal") + ";");
    style.append("font-size:" + font.getSize() + "pt;");

    // html content
    JEditorPane ep = new JEditorPane("text/html", "<html><body style=\"" + style + "\">" //
            + "some text, and <a href=\"\">a link</a>" //
            + "</body></html>");

    // handle link events
    ep.addHyperlinkListener(new HyperlinkListener()
        public void hyperlinkUpdate(HyperlinkEvent e)
            if (e.getEventType().equals(HyperlinkEvent.EventType.ACTIVATED))
                ProcessHandler.launchUrl(e.getURL().toString()); // roll your own link launcher or use Desktop if J6+

    // show
    JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, ep);


You can add any component to a JOptionPane.

So add a JEditorPane which displays your HTML and supports a HyperlinkListener.

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